Youth for Human Rights Florida — Who We Are

Youth for Human Rights Florida is a chapter of Youth for Human Rights International, a nonprofit organization with the purpose to teach youth and people of all ages about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, both in and out of the classroom.

Being educational, not political in purpose, Youth for Human Rights Florida provides support and resources for educators, government leaders and non-government organizations throughout the State of Florida and the Caribbean. Our materials include a one-of-kind audio-visual based educational program.

One DVD portrays each of the 30 Articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in a short message as they apply to each of us in every day life. In less than a minute, youth can learn one of their human rights — and all of them in less than half an hour. View

“The Story of Human Rights” is a powerful short film which defines human rights for anyone. View

Then there is the “UNITED” music video — a street-savvy, multi-ethnic, anti-bullying message. View

These videos are now shown in schools, incorporated into documentaries, during halftime on stadium screens, within taxicabs, in theaters, railway stations, and many other locations.

In addition to working with schools and colleges throughout the state, we work with like minded groups that involve human rights causes such as human trafficking awareness, fair trade, anti-bullying, anti-hate and anti-discrimination messages, plus many more.

Annually, Youth for Human Rights joins other like-minded groups sponsoring the St. Pete Human Rights Festival Dance Competition, Fair Trade Fashion Show and the International Walk for Human Rights.

International Walk for Human Rights

Our out-of-the-classroom activities are unlimited, ranging from art or poetry contests, to concerts, to skits, to spring festivals, to sporting events, and more. We join other group activities and celebrations, so please contact us about your event.

Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) was founded in 2001 by Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, an educator born and raised in apartheid South Africa, where she witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of discrimination and the lack of basic human rights. YHRI has now grown into a global movement, including hundreds of groups, clubs and chapters around the world.