The Junior Commission on Human Rights was created to provide a means to engage high school youth ages 14 to 18 in education and activism around human rights issues within Sonoma County, as well as provide an opportunity to foster leadership skills by educating their peers, develop a voice for advocacy, and bring awareness to human rights issues affecting members of our community. The students are encouraged to be active participants in their community, engaging with elected officials and human rights organizations. The program also provides a vehicle by which County Supervisors are able to learn about current concerns and issues important to youth and important to advancing human rights in Sonoma County.
Current CHR Vice Chair and Junior Commission Project Manager, Dmitra Smith, co-founded the Junior Commission, along with former Commissioner Judy Rice. Commissioner Smith has continued to build this program year after year, so that the experience of working on the Junior Commission encourages participants to be involved in day-to-day issues that affect their community, and expand the boundaries of their individual and collective exploration of the meaning and impact of human rights.
Junior Commissioners are selected each spring for a term that runs concurrent with the school year. Junior Commissioners may be eligible for school credit for their participation.
Acceptance into the program is based on a written application and an interview process. The application period for the 2017-2018 term that beings in August, 2017 has closed. The next recruitment period for the 2018-2019 term will begin in January 2018. Please check back then, or contact the Commission office to be placed on a mailing list for future notifications.
Commissioner Dmitra Smith, Project Manager
Commissioner Carol McHale
Commissioner Rocio Rodriguez