Charles Wright Academy welcomes 32 high school students from South Korea, Poland and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to CWA’s second annual Global Teen Summit. The Global Summit is designed to promote peace and social justice by developing students’ understanding of universal human rights as outlined in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the concept of fair trade and sustainable lifestyles; and the realization that the choices we make everyday impact the entire world.
The students from Europe, the Middle East and Asia will stay with CWA host families. The core of the summit will be a series of speakers and group discussions between the teens about how they can address the concerns of their local communities, support fair trade policies and human rights through their own choices as consumers, and engage in micro-lending initiatives to support entrepreneurs around the world. During their ten-day stay, the students will also visit the University of Washington and Mount Rainier and attend CWA’s homecoming football game and dance.
Reporters are welcome to attend any of the Summit events but especially encouraged to cover the small group discussion of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Monday, October 11, from 12:45pm to 3pm, and the leadership class on economics and micro-lending taught by Cliff Quisenberry on Tuesday, October 12, from 12:45pm to 3pm. Quisenberry lives in University Place and is the Chief Investment Officer of Caravan Capital Management and an expert in emerging markets.
Other summit speakers include:
• Michael Kollins of World Bicycle Relief, speaking Monday, October 11, at 9:55am
• Carl Wilkens, the only American who stayed in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, speaking Tuesday, October 12, at 9am
• Nathan Mass of Theo’s Chocolates of Seattle, speaking Thursday, October 14, at 8:30am
• George Elbaum, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto, speaking Friday, October 15, at 9am
Group discussions will follow each of the speakers.