Family Resources

Family Resources

FAMILY GUIDE

GRADES 6–12

Help students engage in human rights education throughout their daily lives with a handy toolkit of SEL-based resources for families. Parents and loved ones can work with students to develop a foundation of awareness and responsibility by tackling challenging topics together.

CONVERSATION. CONNECTION. COMPASSION.

Families in today’s world are engaging in meaningful and challenging conversations about issues that impact every facet of life, from politics to racial equity to impacts of a global pandemic. Speak Truth To Power encourages families to explore these conversations by looking through the universal lenses of Human Rights Education and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). The Family Guide is designed to help you start conversations about challenging topics by connecting them to social and emotional skills and the stories of human rights defenders. 

Defining Human Rights
Families can use human rights as an empowering framework for empathy and action. Explore the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how it provides the foundation for equality, justice, and human dignity around the world.

Family Discussion Starters
We experience our human rights throughout our daily lives – without even necessarily realizing it. Make human rights education a part of family discussion and create a space for students to advocate for human rights and to demand that the human dignity of all people be respected.

Next Steps in Becoming a Human Rights Defender
Bring the lessons learned in the Family Guide full-circle with a handy step-by-step list on how students and their loved ones can put human rights into action in their everyday lives.

  • build skills like self-reflection and empathy for others,
  • create a sense of empowerment for student advocacy,
  • affirm an individual’s identity and value,
  • facilitate challenging conversations with family and friends, and
  • develop awareness of injustices and inequities.

EXPLORE ESSENTIAL SEL COMPETENCIES 
THROUGH THE STORIES OF DEFENDERS

USA

Ibtihaj Muhammad

SELF-AWARENESS

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Hong Kong

Joshua Wong

RESPONSIBLE DECISION MAKING

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United States

Van Jones

RELATIONSHIP SKILLS

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Argentina

Pope Francis

SOCIAL AWARENESS

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UNITED STATES

Jazz Jennings

SELF-MANAGEMENT

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Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Mission Statement

Led by human rights activist and lawyer Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights has advocated for a more just and peaceful world since 1968. We work alongside local activists to ensure lasting positive change in governments and corporations. Whether in the United States or abroad, our programs have pursued justice through strategic litigation on key human rights issues, educated millions of children in human rights advocacy and fostered a social good approach to business and investment.