Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally, and are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. They aim to investigate and expose the facts, by playing a part in lobbying governments, and other powerful groups such as companies to ensure that they keep their promises and respect international law. By becoming a member of Amnesty International, students can become directly involved in this movement.
Many chapters affiliated with Amnesty International exist at the high school level allow students to fundraise and advocate for human rights issues in their communities. Usually, the goal of an Amnesty International youth group in high school is to raise awareness and perform volunteer work. Specifically, the youth groups seek to advertise specific human rights issues in their school or community. They can act on human rights issues by running fundraisers to support Amnesty International’s efforts, writing letters to local government officials, or circulating petitions for universal human rights.
There are many reasons to get involved with this human rights organisation. One significant reason is that Amnesty International allows ample opportunities for students to organise fundraising, advocacy, and volunteer efforts that are not always available at the high school level. Another — perhaps more self-serving reason — is that your participation in this human rights organisation is both a way to expand your extracurricular profile and serve your community at the same time.
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All high school students, ages 14-18 are able to start, or join, an Amnesty International youth group.
The fee for annual membership for youth group affiliations ranges from country to country, but is around $25 USD per year.
There are no pre-requisite skills necessary in order to join an Amnesty International youth group.
The amount of time dedicated to Amnesty International youth affiliations is subject to variability and is at the discretion of the member involved.
If available, students can join an Amnesty International youth group at their school. Alternatively, you can start your own Youth group by downloading a Youth Group affiliation form (Word doc) and post it along with your annual membership fee to your local Amnesty International centre (refer to the website for specific information). A Youth Activist Toolkit, including materials, campaign actions and information guides, will be sent to set up your group.