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Youth Act! goes to Egypt

Street Law, Inc.

Over 40 years of educating about law, democracy, and human rights

Street Law has partnered with the Assuit Human Rights Association in implementing a year-long leadership development project to teach young people (ages 18–30) in Upper Egypt to take part in civic life by viewing community problems through the lens of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

The goal of the project is to develop in young Egyptians the leadership, vision, and skills necessary to advocate for meaningful change in their communities and to promote a human rights framework as an effective tool to enhance democratic principles in everyday culture and life.

In July, Street Law and the Assuit Human Rights Association will train three teams of leaders to teach a twelve-week Youth Act-Youth Leaders course.  During the twelve-week course, young adults will learn about human rights and the human rights framework.  They will also learn how to conduct community assessments, analyze the root causes of selected problems at the public policy level, and work to solve these problems through proven advocacy techniques like lobbying, coalition building, letter writing campaigns, and e-mail action alerts.  At the end of the course, participants will design a community showcase presenting the results of their work and increase the community’s awareness of their selected issue.

This program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.