St. Louis Project of the Grosfeld National Youth Leadership Mission 2015-16

  • November 16, 2015

The National Youth Leadership Mission uses the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s dramatic portrayal of the events of the Holocaust to provide a substantive and effective program to help students apply the important lessons of the Holocaust to modern-day issues of anti-Semitism, bigotry, and hate. Each year a diverse group of high school juniors from across the country are selected to participate because of their leadership potential, demonstrated interest in addressing issues of diversity, and ability to impart the messages of the Mission to others. Beginning in November, 2015 the St. Louis office sent 10 remarkable students; they represent Affton High School, SIUE East St. Louis Charter School, Maplewood-Richmond Heights High, McCluer North High and Nerinx Hall.

To date over 1600 students have participated in this program. Upon returning home, our delegates are participating in a variety of structured programs, including developing an action plan that they will complete this year to share their experiences and new-found knowledge with their families, classmates and other community members. Examples of past action plans have included creating a video about genocide, speaking to schools about the Holocaust, and organizing a walk about ADL’s “No Place for Hate” anti-bias awareness campaign.  They are the future; we are fortunate that they are learning with us, and we look forward to the 2016-17 NYLM with anticipation.  For information, please contact Tabari Coleman at tcoleman@adl.org.

Take a moment to see one students response to her NYLM experience:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5on-RpJL5rQ&feature=youtu.be