Student Leadership Days
Student Leadership Days is a mission-driven program, central to the Museum’s work of teaching the universal lessons of the Holocaust and integral to our ability to connect directly with students who are ready to take on a positive leadership role in their communities. Our intensive Student Leadership Day programming engages students in 5th – 11th grades in a variety of age-appropriate activities that inspire them to build their leadership skills, explore their roles as citizens, and develop a deeper awareness and understanding of the Holocaust, genocide, and other human rights issues.
Students leave with increased knowledge, and new tools and resources that emphasize the importance of standing up against injustice and bigotry. The program offers participants an opportunity to engage with diverse peers and participate in discussions about perspectives other than their own, increasing their self-efficacy, potential for learning, and ability to return to their communities to promote greater acceptance and understanding. This course often leads students to seek community databases in order to discover more about their own heritage.
The Power of One: Choosing to Make a Difference
Student Leadership Day for High School Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors
Held in fall/early winter
Student Leadership Day challenges participants to think about lessons that can be learned from the past, empowering them to stand against indifference and genocide today.
Student Leadership Day for 7th and 8th Grade Students
Held in late winter/early spring
Student Leadership Day engages participants in activities that foster the promotion of human and civil rights, challenges students to think responsibly about the power of both their words and actions, and empowers participants to take a stand in support of respect, acceptance and inclusiveness.
Stand Up! Student Leadership Day for 5th and 6th Grade Students
Held in late winter/spring
Stand Up! Day inspires participants from across the Chicago area to work together to build leadership skills and explore their roles as citizens of their local and global communities.
Education Services are supported with generous grants from: Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; Bank of America, The Bill Bass Foundation; Dr. Scholl Foundation; Leah Gutman Education Fund; Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation, Niles Township Government; PNC; Regions Bank, Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation; State Farm, Steans Family Foundation, Women’s Leadership Committee of the Illinois Holocaust Museum.
Additional endowment support is provided by: The Mayor Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Education Fund; The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation Program Endowment Fund; Moselle Mintz Schwartz Education Fund; Barney & Anita Sidler Educational Endowment; Teachers Educational Endowment Fund