March 20, 2009
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM HOSTS SECOND BIENNIAL SUMMIT FOR NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATIONS
From Memory to Action Summit Sponsored by UBS Brings Together Leaders of National Youth Organizations to Promote Moral Leadership
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is hosting the Second Biennial Summit for National Youth Leadership Organizations on March 23–25, which will bring together more than 50 leaders and visionaries from 30 organizations across the nation that work with American youth to explore how to build moral leadership and civic engagement among young people. This year’s summit, “From Memory to Action,” is sponsored by UBS and will examine the importance of individual actions and how they can impact the larger society.
“We are bringing these leaders together at the Museum in order to build programs that we hope will enable young people to understand that the Holocaust did not have to happen,” says Lynn Williams, the Museum’s Acting Director of Leadership Programs. “It was the actions and inactions of individuals – neighbors, doctors, judges, clergy and many others – that allowed genocide to occur. It is important for young people to understand that their actions matter, and they have a responsibility to act in the face of hatred and injustice.”
UBS’s philanthropic strategy for Community Affairs centers on Education as a Pathway to a Better Future. “UBS is proud to sponsor the summit and think that the attendees will receive a wealth of knowledge that will greatly impact the youth they serve,” says Cecilia Carter, Head of Community Affairs, UBS Wealth Management Americas.
Representatives from the Anti-Defamation League, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Boy Scouts of America, Global Kids, the Presidential Classroom and others will attend. Participants will examine Holocaust history with Museum educators and historians; tour Museum exhibitions, including the new special exhibition, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda; discuss best practices in building youth leadership programs by examining Museum programs and partnerships; and more. Additionally, participants will enhance their collective work through shared resources and collaboration.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders to confront hatred, promote human dignity and prevent genocide. Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by the generosity of donors nationwide through legacy and annual giving. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.
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