Monday, 31 March, 2014
16 young people from all over the UK came together in London yesterday for the first HMD Youth Champion Conference. Long-standing HMD Youth Champions were joined by young people interested in finding out what they can do for HMD for the first time.
The conference was an opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust and subsequent genocides which are commemorated on HMD, and a chance to share ideas about the events and activities which young people organised for HMD 2014.
Mick Davis, the Chair of the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission, spoke to young people at the conference about the work of the Commission and the opportunity for them to get involved. He asked for their ideas about how the Holocaust can be commemorated in the UK in the future.
Young people also took part in a Global Umuganda, as part of their contribution to remembering the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda, which begins on Monday 7 April. Umuganda, which means ‘coming together in common purpose’ has been vital to reconciliation and renewal in Rwanda. The Global Umuganda was a series of simultaneous acts taken by young people accross the world to join together to improve the world around us. HMD Youth Champions joined the Global Umuganda by sharing the life story of a survivor of the genocide with each other.
The conference ended with an opportunity to chat to Holocaust survivors over tea, and a presentation of certificates by HMDT Honorary President Ben Helfgott MBE.
Young people at the conference described it as a ‘truly inspirational day’, ‘a great weekend’ and ‘a chance to meet some inspirational people’.
To find out more about becoming a HMD Youth Champion, please contact our Outreach Officer Naomi Line.