Youth for Human Rights International: 11th Annual World Education Tour Launches on Capitol Hill

Ambassadors, Congressmen, dignitaries and humanitarians gathered in the Rayburn House Office Building for the launch of Youth for Human Rights International‘s (YHRI) 11th annual World Education Tour. 

Actress Marisol Nichols, herself a human rights activist, was the master of ceremonies for the event. The event featured an awards presentation with six outstanding youth from across the United States presented with the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award, representing a minimum of 250 hours of public service by each youth. 

Demme Durrett of Texas; Erica Rodgers of Florida; Karla Dana of Oregon; Kevin Garrison of Florida; Niko Papaheraklis of Maryland; and the Pasadena Youth for Human Rights Team of California were each acknowledged for their work promoting and educating on human rights, and shared their inspiring stories. 

Making remarks and awarding youth for their work during the event were Congressmen Kevin Brady of Texas, Adam Schiff of California, and David Jolly of Florida.   

The event was topped off with the presentation of the 2014 Human Rights Hero Awards to Dr. Deanie Wlodek, founder of non-profit Opening Minds, who has worked to reduce bullying in Arizona schools, and teacher and activist Dr. Melanie Andrews who has used art to combat sex-trafficking of inner city youth in Compton, California.

To launch the World Tour, remarks were made by the Ambassador of Sierra Leone, whose country will be visited this year.  

The event was co-hosted by Youth for Human Rights and the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office. 

The event also kicked off Youth for Human Rights International’s annual world education tour. From Washington, DC, YHRI President Dr. Mary Shuttleworth will travel to Mexico, Dominica, the UK, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Mongolia and Taiwan, holding human rights summits, meeting with dignitaries and catalyzing youth to become advocates for human rights.  

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, an educator born and raised in apartheid South Africa, where she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of discrimination and the lack of basic human rights.

The purpose of YHRI is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace.  YHRI accomplishes this through simple yet empowering, high-quality human rights education materials for youth, teachers and officials in more than 20 languages. 

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