Overview

The ACLU Summer Institute will bring together a diverse group of students to participate in a firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists and community activists working to defend civil rights and liberties critical to a free and open society. 

The ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute will bring together a diverse group of high school students from across the United States to participate in a week-long, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates.

Through an intensive program in Washington D.C., July 20 – 26, students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts working to defend the civil rights and civil liberties critical to a free and open society. In classroom sessions, lectures, and policy debates, students will explore the complex nature of issue advocacy, legal strategy, and real world political decision making in Washington, D.C. The program will culminate in meetings with elected officials and/or congressional staff on Capitol Hill, and an issue rally to bring attention to a cause selected by the 2019 cohort.

Key program elements will include:

Electives covering the ACLU’s wide array of issue areas, taught by communications experts, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professional organizing staff from the ACLU and partner organizations.

Daily seminars in small groups to explore social justice and civil liberties issues.

Networking and Life-long connections with other young activists from across the country.

Boosting political knowledge and campaign abilities, learning more about mobilizing issue-based advocacy campaigns, growing a team, identifying a strategy for engaging with policy-makers, and maximizing impact for the issues that drive you.

Visiting our nation’s capital, key historic sites, museums, and college campuses in the Washington, D.C. area.

Cost and Session Information

The ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute will run from Saturday, July 20 through Friday, July 26, 2019. A tuition fee of $2,500 per student covers all experiential learning activities, off-campus social events, hotel accommodations, and all student meals. The ACLU has generous full and partial scholarships for families that qualify for financial aid.

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