Choosing to Make a Difference

For 7th and 8th grade students

Student Leadership Day will challenge participants to think about lessons that can be learned from the past, empowering them to stand against indifference and injustice today.

Due to popular demand, the program will be offered on two consecutive days. Please indicate first and second date preference in your nomination letter.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Featured keynote speaker:

James Smith
CEO, Aegis Trust and President, UK National Holocaust Centre

James Smith is co-founder of the UK james SmithNational Holocaust  Centre. During the Kosovo crisis in 1999, he was a  volunteer physician with the International Medical Corps.  The late, costly, and destructive
international response to the ethnic cleansing of the  Kosovo crisis convinced James that a public
health approach to the prevention of diseases should be  applied to the prevention of genocide.
He co-founded the Aegis Trust, a genocide prevention  organization, in 2000 and is its Chief
Executive Officer. In 2004, working with the Rwandan Government and Kigali City Council,
he played a key role in establishing the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda’s capital. The
Peace Education programme led by Aegis Trust in Rwanda is now being applied as a tool
for prevention by community leaders in countries at-risk of mass atrocities, notably in Central
African Republic, South Sudan, and Kenya.

For more information, or to nominate up to eight of your 7th and 8th grade students, submit your letter via email to from your school email address by Wednesday, February 3, 2016


Nomination guidelines>


Presenting Sponsor of Student Leadership Days:
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Additional support provided by The Jacob J. Fink Charitable Foundation, The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc , Moselle Mintz Schwartz Education Fund, and an Anonymous Foundation.



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