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Developing Compassionate Leaders through Mentorship and Action

Memory, Meaning, and Action: Carrying the Stories Forward
We have an obligation both to remember and to connect memory with meaning and action for today.

Through Project Based Learning, members of the Student Leadership Board will develop skills for leadership and teamwork, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving while gaining a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and making a positive difference at their school and in their communities.

Teams will research a Holocaust story with a local connection, develop a project, create a plan, and see it to completion. Each team will be paired with a survivor or child of a survivor, and will set up regular meetings to consult and work together. 

Projects will be showcased as a special exhibit at the Holocaust Center for Humanity. 

Meetings are twice a month, December 2017- June 2018. Students in 7th - 11th grade are eligible to apply.



Fiona Alhadeff, 7th Grade, St. Thomas School, Medina
Semira Beraki, 11th Grade, Mountlake Terrace High School
Hannah Boden, 9th Grade, Seattle Academy
Sam Cargal-Bley, 12th Grade, Seattle Prep
Sofie Coleman, 10th Grade, Bainbridge High School, Bainbridge Island
Annabella Falconer, 9th Grade, Ballard High School, Seattle
Mario-Falit-Baiamonte, 9th Grade, Nathan Hale High School, Seattle
Ellen Fein, 7th Grade, Meany Middle School, Seattle
Max Fischel, 9th Grade, Northwest Yeshiva High School, Mercer Island
Stella Gardner, 9th Grade, Ballard High School, Seattle
Ella Gonchar, 9th Grade, Seattle Academy
Joey Hanan, 11th Grade, Northwest Yeshiva High School, Mercer Island
Olivia Harris, 11th Grade, Eastlake High School, Sammamish
Sonja Maria Kjelstrup, 11th Grade, Woodinville High School
Catherine Lirtsman, 8th Grade, St. Thomas School, Medina
Alexa McQuade, 12th Grade, Kamiak High School, Mukilteo
Anna Meliqsetian, 12th Grade, Kentwood High School, Covington
Brooke Mihlstin, 8th Grade, Hamlin Robinson School, Seattle
Zoe Nichols, 11th Grade, John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Burien
Clementine Nielsen, 7th Grade, St Thomas School, Medina
Sarah Petrov, 10th Grade, Bellevue High School
Chloe Rubin, 10th Grade, Seattle Academy
Benjamin Scherzer, 10th Grade, Seattle Academy
Simranjeet Sidhu, 12th Grade, Kentwood High School, Covington
Shana Sourish, 12th Grade, Kentwood High School, Covington
Elle Springer, 8th Grade, Park Place Middle School, Monroe
Aubrey Springer, 10th Grade, Monroe High School
Sophia Vandewark, 11th Grade, Eastside Catholic High School, Sammamish


Students will:

  • Participate in meetings at the Holocaust Center for Humanity in downtown Seattle. (Absences are permitted with prior notice. Absences that do not have prior approval, or members who miss two or more meetings, may be dropped from the program.)
  • Work in teams to plan and carry out a meaningful project that supports the Holocaust Center's mission and provides real-world leadership experience.
  • Provide feedback on the Holocaust Center's programs and serve as ambassadors.
  • Have the opportunity to hear from community leaders.
  • Learn more about leadership, the Holocaust, human rights, genocide, and related local issues.
  • Work with the Holocaust Center’s artifacts and local Holocaust survivors.
  • Commit to serving on the Student Leadership Board for one year.
  • Gain valuable leadership tools and experience, and earn recognition from the Holocaust Center at the completion of a year as part of a prestigious cohort of Student Leaders.



  • Must be a current student in 7th – 11th grade. (Students in 12th grade may apply to continue to serve on the SLB if they were on the SLB as 11th graders.)
  • Interested and eager to learn more about the Holocaust and related issues
  • Works well with others of all ages
  • Committed to planning and carrying out a project
  • Able to participate meetings at the Holocaust Center for Humanity in downtown Seattle, December 2017- June 2018
  • Can commit to the Student Leadership Board through the end of the school year



Meetings will generally take place at the Holocaust Center for Humanity. Occasional meetings will take place offsite.  Meeting dates subject to change:
Wednesday, December 6, 4:45 - 6:00
Wednesday, January 10, 4:45-6:00
Saturday, January 27 (Time TBD), Museum of Flight - International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration
Wednesday, February 7, 4:45 - 6:00
Wednesday, February 28, 4:45 - 6:00
Wednesday, March 7, 4:45 - 6:00
Wednesday, March 21, 4:45 - 6:00
Sunday, April 15 - Holocaust Remembrance Day Program
Wednesday, April 25, 4:45 - 6:00
Wednesday, May 9, 4:45 - 6:00
Wednesday, May 23, 4:45 - 6:00
Wednesday, June 6, 4:45 - 6:45 - Closing meeting and celebration 


Applications for the 2018-2019 Student Leadership Board will be available in September 2018.


Questions? Email Ilana Cone Kennedy, Director of Education, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of George Elbaum and Mimi Jensen, and Richard and Evelyn Gumpert. Special thanks also goes to the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.