High school students are building leadership skills.
Applications are being accepted for the 2019-20 Human Rights Student Leadership Council (HRSLC), beginning August 30.
Led by the Prince William County Human Rights Commission, the HRSLC teaches participants about diversity, according to a release from Prince William County.
Cheryl Wilfred is a former president of the council.
“Serving on the HRSLC encouraged me to engage in more conversations about diversity,” the Patriot High School senior said in a release. “I’ve learned that talking about diversity doesn’t have to be a confrontational experience, but that it can be open and educational for everyone involved in the conversation.”
The students will meet with local leaders and Human Rights professionals over the course of five sessions.
“These sessions will include employment and housing anti-discrimination laws,” Human Rights Office Outreach and Education Coordinator Denise McPhail said in a release. “They will also interact with students from various cultures and social groups, which increases cultural competence and promotes empathy that ultimately reduces prejudice.”
Sophomores, juniors and seniors who are homeschooled or attend private or public school in the county may apply for the HRSLC.
The applications, located on the Prince William County website, are due September 30.
To learn more about HRSLC and the Prince William County Human Rights Commission, visit the county’s website or call 703-792-4680.
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