for “Leadership through Innovation in Genocide and Human rights Teaching.”
for school districts to implement, with opportunities for grant support from individuals, businesses, foundations, and institutions.
to inspire, prepare, and empower students for leadership roles in Holocaust, genocide, and human rights education, remembrance, and advocacy.
in schools where students collaborate to counter identity-based violence and discrimination, antisemitism, and hate speech, both locally and globally. LIGHT gives a permanent home to human rights and genocide programming, institutions, and organizations.
of students, teachers, and community leaders working together to bring innovation to human rights advocacy and genocide prevention.
for students and teachers to practice advocacy work in a safe environment and create new, youth-led programs and events.
bringing together unlikely allies and giving existing Holocaust, genocide, and human rights classroom resources, institutions, and organizations a home where students can transform education into action.
able to adapt to the specific needs or challenges of any school district. There’s no “right way” to implement LIGHT. Whether it’s during the school day, as an after-school club or activity, an elective course, a school-wide initiative, virtual, or in-person, LIGHT is able to adapt to your environment.
Functioning as a tool schools districts can use to help their students stimulate change and progress surrounding real world problems, like systematic racism and all forms of identity-based violence and discrimination.
to motivate and encourage school districts to better address human rights and genocide education through support of the LIGHT Network, exclusive LIGHT Professional Development, LIGHT Conferences, LIGHT Resoures, LIGHT Seed Grants, and LIGHT school fundraising opportunities.
between schools and community libraries, local businesses dedicated to equity and justice, and local, state, and national elected officials.
connecting K-12 students to community members of all ages through themes within human rights and genocide, like being an upstander, making responsible choices, social and environmental justice, kindness and love, and volunteerism and humility.
To see the creation of LIGHT Centers in schools across the nation, to shape students into socially and globally responsible leaders through the study of human rights and past and present genocides, and to help schools create LIGHT Coordinator positions for teachers to oversee LIGHT Programming as part of the LIGHT Network.
Founder Nick Haberman, Dan Shaner, and Lauren Bairnsfather attend a remembrance event with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.
LIGHT is comprised of four main elements: LIGHT Centers, LIGHT Programming opportunities, LIGHT Coordinator positions, and participation in the LIGHT Network.
The LIGHT Network is designed to connect pioneering individuals and organizations to one another, bringing together likely and unlikely allies, all in the spirit of remembrance and advocacy.