2019-08-01 - 2019-08-31


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Celebrate Young Humanists in honor of International Youth Day

In conjunction with International Youth Day, we’re encouraging humanist groups to honor and celebrate young people in the humanist movement. From developing children’s and family programming to connecting with student groups, there are many ways to help the humanist movement be inclusive and inviting to all ages.

Useful Dates for August

August 9 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous peoples have sought recognition of their identities, way of life, and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources for years, yet throughout history their rights have always been violated. Indigenous peoples today, are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and way of life.
August 11 Robert Green Ingersoll birthday
Robert Green Ingersoll was an American writer and orator during the Golden Age of Freethought who campaigned in defense of agnosticism. Following distinguished service in the Civil War, he served as the first Attorney General of Illinois. But it was his private speaking career that made him famous. Tour after tour, he crisscrossed the country and spoke before packed houses on topics ranging from Shakespeare to Reconstruction, from science to religion. In an age when oratory was the dominant form of public entertainment, Ingersoll was the unchallenged king of American orators. He was nicknamed “The Great Agnostic”. See full biography here.
August 12 International Youth Day
The first International Youth Day was held August 12, 1999 and has since served as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth. The 2019 theme is “Transforming Education.”

International Youth Day was established due to growing recognition that young people’s inclusion in the peace and security agenda, and in society more broadly, is key to building and sustaining peace. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development committed to fostering peaceful and inclusive societies and affirmed that “Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security.” Goal 16 aims to ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels. The World Programme of Action for Youth, which provides a policy framework and practical guidelines to improve the situation of young people, also encourages “promoting the active involvement of youth in maintaining peace and security.”

August 19 World Humanitarian Day
This World Humanitarian Day 2019 we honor the work of women in crises throughout the world. We focus on the unsung heroes who have long been working on the front lines in their own communities in some of the most difficult terrains, from the war-wounded in Afghanistan, to the food insecure in the Sahel, to those who have lost their homes and livelihoods in places such as Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. And we salute the efforts of women aid workers from across the world, who rally to people in need.

Women make up a large number of those who risk their own lives to save others. They are often the first to respond and the last to leave. These women deserve to be celebrated. They are needed today as much as ever to strengthen the global humanitarian response. And world leaders as well as non-state actors must ensure that they – and all humanitarians – are guaranteed the protection afforded to them under international law.


Use the Ten Commitments of Living Humanist Values
The Ten Commitments represent the humanist values we live by each day. Find opportunities to develop discussions and activities around them to encourage each other to ensure “every individual’s worth and dignity is respected, nurtured, and supported.” We also haveThe Ten Commitments for Kids.

Connect with the Secular Student Alliance
Reach out to the Secular Student Alliance to learn how your group can support the next generation of young humanists. Some student organizations may be interested in co-organizing social or service events with your chapter or affiliate. Others may appreciate a fundraiser or other help to provide the resources their school can’t (or won’t).

Get Involved with Camp Quest
Find out about Camp Quest’s work and how you can incorporate their resources into your group’s children’s programming.

Educate Students about Pledge Boycott
Educate students on their right to boycott the Pledge of Allegiance. Divisive religious language must be removed to make this powerful national symbol inclusive of the growing population of nonreligious Americans. More information and resources are coming soon!

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“The young, free to act on their initiative, can lead their elders in the direction of the unknown… The children, the young, must ask the questions that we would never think to ask, but enough trust must be re-established so that the elders will be permitted to work with them on the answers.” – Margaret Mead

“It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a great hope that it so seldom achieves great results. The wish to preserve the past rather than the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young.” – Bertrand Russell

“Children, after all, are not just adults-in-the-making. They are people whose current needs and rights and experiences must be taken seriously.” ― Alfie Kohn