Charles, a LOGOS School senior, was thrilled when he learned that he had been accepted to the 2019 ACLU Summer Advocacy Program. The program takes place in Washington, D.C., and brings together a diverse group of students from across the US to participate in a week-long, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates.
Charles was selected because he demonstrated a strong interest in civil liberties issues and social justice advocacy. He was able to learn directly from lawyers, lobbyist, community activists and other experts who are currently working to defend civil rights. He attended classroom sessions, lectures and workshops where he was encouraged to explore and advance his own civil liberties advocacy.
"I believe standing up, doing what's right and providing a voice for those who might not otherwise be heard is so important to me," said Charles. "In the program, I learned that there are so many issues we aren't talking about that impact many people in the US. It's up to students like me to take home the information and skills I learned from the Summer Advocacy Program to make a difference in my own community here in St. Louis."
Charles was inspired throughout the week and came back to St. Louis ready to create change. He truly aims to be a person who does good in the world. He plans to take the skills he has learned with him when he goes to college in the fall, so he can be someone who helps find solutions to problems and helps others reach their full potential.