“Tolerance is what keeps humanity together, I believe.”

—Anne Willem Meijer, Member of the Dutch Resistance

Bystander to Upstander Youth Leadership Summit


We are now accepting nominations for our Bystander to Upstander Youth Leadership Summit, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at HHC. The Summit was inspired by our mission; to take the lessons of the Holocaust and turn them into positive action. This program brings together students in grades seven and eight for a full day, which aims to inspire students to become leaders giving them tangible tools to make a difference. The Summit accomplishes this through various group activities and break-outs focused on leadership and activism. This year’s Summit includes a keynote address by Jeannie Opdyke Smith, daughter of Irene Gut Opdyke, a Polish woman who hid Jews during the Holocaust. Based on her mother’s story, Jeannie teaches that one person can make a difference. Irene was recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 1982.  


The Bystander to Upstander Youth Leadership Summit is free. Lunch is provided. Deadline to apply is by Wednesday, January 31st. 

To nominate up to six students, click here.