Demme Durrett - Founder
I am a 2015 graduate of The John Cooper School and a 2019 graduate of Columbia University-Barnard College in New York City. In 2011, as my project for the Gold Award in the Girl Scouts organization, the highest achievement you can earn, I set my attention on creating and holding a very fun and meaningful event in our community, to help raise awareness about Human Rights education in an effort to bring more peace and tolerance in the world and help reduce human rights violations.
I am very proud to say that each year since 2011, our Human Rights Walk and Festival has been the largest Human Rights Day celebration in the United States, all due to the tremendous support from our wonderful community. And thus, it has become an annual event.
Human Rights are important for everyone to be completely familiar with. In the US we may think that violations of human right are not much of an issue, but nothing could be further from the truth. Things like Human Trafficking, which is modern day slavery, cyber-bullying, discrimination, and religious intolerance, just to name a few, can be seen in our own community on a daily basis.
My goal with this fun and exciting event is to continue to help raise awareness so that we can apply ALL of the 30 Basic Human Rights as set out by the United Nations, under the direction of Eleanor Roosevelt, over sixty years ago. At the event, we also sign a petition to encourage all governments to give the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the force of law in countries where they do not exist.
I am very honored and proud to have our Student Director, Pablo Flower on our team! He is an amazingly mature and compassionate teen continues to help build on our work and be a new leader for our event held in The Woodlands.
Thank you for your help in assisting us with the continued success of this project, as well as making a positive impact in the world we all share!
Pablo Flower - Student Director
12th grade student
The John Cooper School
The Woodlands, Texas
Pablo Flower is a 12th grade student at The John Cooper School in The Woodlands, Texas. In 8th. Grade, he welcomed the opportunity to help Demme to create awareness about Human Rights in The Woodlands and surrounding communities. Since then, he has devoted his time to invite and connect with other high school students who are passionate about Human Rights and have a desire to stand up for those broken and in need to help him represent Youth for Human Rights in their schools, invite volunteers and seek sponsors. He also has helped identify nonprofit organizations that support Human Rights in the Houston area and has aimed to create meaningful connections for fundraising money for them as well.
In 2017, Pablo was selected to participate in the Duke TIP Human Rights Advocacy: Social Justice Law program where he deepened his knowledge about Human Rights and explored Human Rights violations in different countries around the world. He has also participated in the Annual International Human Rights Summit in New York, first as a Youth Observer and recently as an Ambassador representing United States.
Pablo is an All Star program volunteer at Interfaith, a Student Community Ambassador serving at the Montgomery Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and Hope Beyond Bridges on a regular basis.
He is excited about the next Human Rights event on December 12, 2020. High school students interested in volunteer or participate in any way please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.