It was such a great honor to create this human rights activity book with Laleña Garcia (rootedkids.org) for the Commission on Human Rights (@NYCCHR). The book is geared towards upper elementary ages, but it is definitely useful for middle school and even high school - as well as anyone else who wants or needs to review what their local human rights protections are. You can find the downloadable book here, a digitally accessible pdf that can be printed or explored electronically with support, screen reading software.
The book includes explanations of each protected category, such as race, religion, immigration status, gender, disability and more, as well as additional protections provided by the Commission. It also features specific strategies for standing up for human rights in our everyday lives. Each section includes portraits for coloring and activity prompts that engage youth through multiple modalities (performing, discussing, collecting, writing, creating, etc!) so that they can relate the rights to their lived experience while reflecting on the importance of protecting our rights and fulfilling the responsibilities they create. It also highlights several luminaries whose identities and activist work directly connect with the human rights protections explored in the book. Here is a folder of additional coloring pages and color posters for free use as well.
Please enjoy and share this free resource with youth, educators, and anyone you hope to have an understanding of how to protect their rights and everyone's rights in this city and beyond.
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/cchr/index.page and/or https://www1.nyc.gov/site/cchr/community/youth-initiatives.page