'Life is about what we can do... whether we're doing something for our community or something bigger. We make the world the way it is' 
Kemal Pervanić, survivor of the Bosnian War

Are you passionate about learning from the past to create a future free from hate? Aged 14-24 and looking for opportunities to develop skills and to meet and learn from other passionate young people and survivors?
 
The Youth Champion Programme empowers young people to take action for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) through organising their own events and raising awareness of HMD in their community and among other young people.
 
Youth Champions meet Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott

Why should you get involved? 

  • You will develop your knowledge of the Holocaust and other genocides 
  • You will develop leadership and communication skills that will enhance your UCAS application or CV
  • You will make a real contribution to your local community and inspire other young people to end hatred and discrimination today 
  • Meet survivors of the Holocaust and genocide
  • Have the opportunity to volunteer at our Holocaust Memorial Day UK Event 
 
Josh Whatsize, Lead HMD Youth Champion, explains why it is important to learn from the past: 
 
‘It is important to ensure that the candle of remembrance remains lit. We need future generations to be aware of what happened. If young people aren’t aware or involved, how can we combat hatred, racism and discrimination today and in the future? Who will inform future generations?’
 
What can I do?

You can highlight to others how important it is to remember the past in order end hatred and discrimination today in a number of different ways:

  • Organise an event in your local community, school or university
  • Set up a stall in your school or university
  • Make a film on the themes of HMD
  • Run a peer education workshop
  • Develop and put on a play/performance
  • Download our Youth Champion Get Involved poster

Get inspired

For HMD 2014, we expanded the Youth Champion Programme and ran youth workshops in Manchester, Glasgow and London. Our Youth Champions organised brilliant and innovative events for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 in their local communities, schools and youth organisations. These included workshops, films and theatre performances. Here are a few of their activities to get you inspired!

 
 
 
 
Read about how HMD Youth Champion and Sussex Uni student Charlotte Lee harnessed the power of social media at her Holocaust Memorial Day activity.

 

 

HMD Youth Champion Blog Spot - have your say

We will be updating this section shortly on blogs from our HMD Youth Champion.

Interested in becoming a Youth Champion?  
Email our Outreach Officer Jess or call the office on 020 7785 7029. 
 
What is it like to be a Youth Champion?
Email our Lead Youth Champion Josh and he can tell you about his experiences.