Making Human Rights a Global Reality
Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization 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.

The purpose of YHRI is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become advocates for tolerance and peace. YHRI has now grown into a global movement, including hundreds of groups, clubs and chapters around the world.

Youth for Human Rights International teaches human rights education both in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings. We aim to reach people from diverse backgrounds, with materials which often appeal across generations. By teaching human rights through all means-from conferences and workshops to hip-hop and dancing-this message has spread around the world.

Our materials include the UNITED music video-a street-savvy, multiethnic, anti-bullying message that has captured the imagination of people around the world. Our 30 short public service message videos depict the 30 Articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In less than a minute, youth can learn one of their human rights-and all of them in less than half an hour. The videos have garnered media attention as well, airing on television networks in countries worldwide. But it doesn’t end there. The videos are now airing during halftime on stadium screens, within taxicabs, on supermarket screens, in theaters, railway stations, and many other locations. Click to watch >>

We have inspired people to walk, race racecars, paint murals and hold small gatherings with youth groups and orphanages, as well as large open-air concerts.

Our human rights videos and curricula fill the schoolrooms and halls of learning with the simple messages of what our human rights are.

We realize the importance of collaborating with like-minded individuals and groups to expand our horizons and learn from them their hard-earned lessons, and so expand and reach youth on all continents.

YHRI has Chapters all over the world and in the United States.
About the Youth for Human Rights- Buffalo Chapter

The purpose of Youth for Human Rights - Buffalo Chapter is to teach and educate the communites in Buffalo & Western NY area about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire as many people to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

As a better future depends on youth engagement, YHRI Buffalo Chapter is dedicated to teach youth about the importance of human rights. They need to know their human rights and know that they must take responsibility to protect themselves and their peers. As they become aware and active in this cause, the message travels far and wide, and someday universal human rights will be a fact, not just an idealistic dream.

The United Nations General Assembly proposed that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories” (United Nations, 1948).

The charter of Youth for Human Rights International is to forward that aim with simple yet empowering, high-quality human rights education materials for youth, teachers, officials-anyone.

“We are here because we know that literacy is the key to unlocking the cage of human misery; the key to delivering the potential of every human being; the key to opening up a future of freedom and hope. We are here to open a decade that must translate that hope into reality.” -Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General, United Nations
Person In Charge
Ms. Isabelle Vladoiu
USA Youth Delegate at YHRI 2016
Isabelle Vladoiu has been known as an outstanding young leader professional passionate of empowering people, understanding the different cultures and mentalities, and an advocate for human rights.
She is a Women Empowerment Coach, Speaker and Teacher, internationally certified by John C. Maxwell and John Maxwell Team.
Isabelle is the 2016 USA Youth Delegate of Youth for Human Rights International and a promoter of gender equality.

Her background education includes a Bachelor of Laws, a 2-year Master in International and Human Rights Law, high-level Public Diplomacy studies and a Master in American Law graduated with Honors at the University of Buffalo School of Law.

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