2022 Photo by Christopher Sprowls: 
The Shaler Area LIGHT club listens to Nick speak as they visit the remembrance site of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting.



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Our Mission

To inspire, prepare, and empower the next generation of humanitarians.

2023 Photo by Christopher Sprowls:
Gab from the musical duo "Josh & Gab" signs something for a smiling student at Shaler Area's 143 Day.

Our Values

All LIGHT-related programs and opportunities are built on a foundation of remembrance, compassion, human rights, positive mental health, and the three principles of EIB: Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

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Our Vision

LIGHT is a movement across and beyond Southwestern Pennsylvania supporting educators in their quest to inspire, prepare, and empower young humanitarians.

Who started LIGHT?

Nick Haberman

Founder & Director

Nick (he/him) is a Pittsburgh-based educator and founder of the LIGHT Education Initiative. He currently works for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit as the inaugural Coordinator of Civic Engagement and Anti-Hate Education in partnership with the Tree of Life, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the home of LIGHT. He spent the first 18 years of his career with the Shaler Area School District as a classroom teacher. After being recognized as the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s "Educator of the Year" in 2018, he created LIGHT as a program to transform classroom-based Holocaust remembrance into student advocacy and action for all victims of identity-based violence, and to inspire, prepare, and empower the next generation of humanitarians. He has served as a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum "Museum Teacher Fellow" and a Jewish Foundation for the Righteous “Alfred Lerner Fellow” (Master Teacher of the Holocaust), in addition to being recognized as the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” and “Righteous Among the Neighbors” by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh. He is also a member of the Eradicate Hate Global Summit education working group and a board member for the Etna Community Organization.

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