Activist Enrichment Programme
The Activist Enrichment Programme provides the skills, knowledge, and contacts needed for young individuals to effectively utilise Jewish historical experience and values in their path to become human rights activists. Initiated in 2009, the programme is now educating and supporting its fourth cohort and accepting applications for enrolment in its 2013 programme (the fifth cohort).
Activist Enrichment Programme 2012 - 2013
Building on the previous years of success, René Cassin is currently running our one-year Activist Enrichment Programme (AEP). The AEP aims to develop a group of young professionals into committed and knowledgeable human rights activists.
The Programme offers:
- An introduction to prominent figures in the field of human rights
- An opportunity to experience human rights advocacy first-hand
- A year-long educational experience dedicated to human rights activism
The Programme consists of:
• 10 two-hour seminars and workshops
• 1 international delegation to Strasbourg, Geneva, or The Hague
The Programme is suited to:
• Individuals committed to human rights, and inspired by Jewish social justice values
• Those able to demonstrate leadership skills and a willingness to volunteer
• Participants that possess enthusiasm, determination, and initiative
All participants must be based in London and its surrounds, or able to attend the majority of monthly sessions in London.
'The Programme was fantastically in depth. I learnt so much and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in social action, social justice and human rights. The trip to Geneva was a highlight where I could see what I had learned in action.' - Jem Stein, AEP participant 2011 (London Field Director of Habonim Dror)
'I had a lot of enthusiasm, but not a lot of knowledge...The Programme was really useful to get a clear sense of what human rights are, and meet other people interested in human rights work'. - Phil Rosenberg, AEP participant 2009 (Director of Faiths Forum for London)
To read the diary of two of our 2011 - 2012 Programme participants, please click here.
The AEP has been attended by individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds, including journalism, law, development, anthropology, and several other disciplines. The programme is open to all applicants with an interest in human rights and social justice aged 21 and over. For 2012 - 2013, René Cassin will ask participants to contribute £150 towards the cost of the heavily subsidised year-long programme. Seminars and workshops for 2012 - 2013 are taking place in London. Travel in the international delegation is not included in the course fee, although wherever possible we try and seek funding to cover the cost of the trips.
The cost of the Programme should not prevent you from applying. If you have concerns regarding covering the Programme cost, please email email@example.com and your correspondence will be handled in confidence.
Speakers include some of the most notable experts in the field of human rights and in campaigning as a whole. 2011's programme speakers include Jonathan Cooper OBE; Professor Francesca Klug OBE; Clive Baldwin from Human Rights Watch; Matt Plen from the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues; and Ben Jackson, the UK Director of Crisis Action.
As part of the course, this year's participants will have the option of participating in an international delegation to Strasbourg, The Hague, or Geneva.
Participants are also encouraged to write an article on one of the meetings they attend as part of the international delegation; to deliver a presentation on a component of their international trip; and to complete a human rights project to be devised in consultation with René Cassin staff.
Applying for the Programme in 2012
We are currently accepting applications for the 2012 - 2013 Programme, which will commence late 2012/early 2013. To receive an application pack, or for further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To download a copy of the application pack, please click here: Activist Enrichment Programme Application.
Applications open: 1st August
Applications will be on a rolling basis
Applications are assessed on merit. All participants are encouraged to show a commitment to human rights work and to take on an impact project as a condition of their participation in the Programme. Impact projects are flexible and are devised on the basis of each applicant's experience and skills, in consultation with their Programme mentor. For instance, we have asked previous Programme cohorts to do projects as varied as writing articles on specific human rights issues and starting up hands-on human rights projects.
The Programme participants are expected to write about meetings that they attend during their trips. We have made available the following articles for you to read if you would like to know more about specific meetings:
The AEP's sister programme, the René Cassin Fellowship Program (RCFP), will be run for the first time in 2013. If you have previously participated in the AEP but would like to be part of the new cross-regional Programme, you will have the opportunity to apply. Please click here for more information.