Students at the 2016 Program
Founded in 2008, the Summer Institute is a non-denominational, non-partisan program designed to provide in-depth human rights education for local high school students and teachers. Whether it is through understanding the history of the Holocaust, contemporary genocide, or human rights issues, the goal of the Institute is to broaden and deepen the knowledge base of its students, so that they may in turn make a difference in their communities, nation, and world. In 2015, it became a New York State not-for-profit Incorporation, as well as a federal 501c3 charitable tax-exempt educational organization. It is headed by a volunteer Board of Directors and a staff of local educators all devoted to encouraging civic engagement in our region, nation, and world.