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Amnesty Human Rights College

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Geoff Campbell

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April 18, 2011

Dear World,

As a youth activist involved with Amnesty International – the world’s largest human rights organization I have organized a local film festival at my high school, and have led publicity efforts at Mount Allison University’s AI chapter and will take on the responsibility to lead the group forward as president next year. I am writing to you today to request funding to attend a conference which will further my ability to do this work.

Each year, Amnesty International Canada holds a Human Rights College (HRC), where young activists from across Canada gather to gain skills and knowledge that will help them make even greater contributions to human rights work. It is an unparalleled opportunity to learn firsthand from Amnesty International staff, volunteers and other activists through a series of participatory workshops and activities. The HRC is immediately followed by Amnesty International Canada’s Annual General Meeting, where I would have the chance to help the youth’s voice be heard in organizational decision-making, as well as benefit personally from its sessions and process.

Date: May 25 to May 27 (Human Rights College) and May 28-29 (Annual General Meeting)
Location: Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, Montreal, QC
Cost: $200 Registration Fee, plus $400 in travel expenses (roundtrip airfare from Moncton to Montreal)

I believe that attending the Human Rights College would help me to inform how I run our group next year and will help make me be as an effective leader as possible. As well, I would bring the skills and knowledge I learn at the HRC back to the Mount Allison campus. I have plans to integrate with other groups and societies on campus to bring human rights experts to campus, organize a campus film festival. I believe attending this conference and learning fundraising and awareness building strategies are crucial to the success of our group next year.

If you would like more information on the Human Rights College, please contact Shauna MacLean at the National Office of Amnesty International Canada by phone at 613-744-7667 or by email at youth@amnesty.ca. I would also be happy to share more details with you by phone or in person about this amazing opportunity.

Any funds donated beyond what is necessary to attend the conference will be added to the student government account of Amnesty International Mount Allison. Thank you for taking the time to consider my request for financial support.

Sincerely,

Geoff Campbell

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