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Student Leadership Board 2020-2021

Developing Compassionate Leaders through Education and Action.  Get involved and make a difference. 

The 2020-2021 Student Leadership Board:

  • 64 students motivated and passionate students from across the state of Washington 
  • Spanning grades 7-12
  • Representing public schools, private schools, home schools
  • From a diverse set of backgrounds, ethnicities and religions
  • Coming together to learn, listen, and lead

Schools represented by this year's Student Leadership Board:

*If more than one member is from a school, that number is represented in ( ) 

Albert Einstein Middle School, Shoreline | Auburn Academy, Auburn | Auburn High School, Auburn | Ballard High School, Seattle (2) | Beaver Lake Middle School, Sammamish | Billings Middle School, Seattle | Brier Terrace Middle School, Brier (4) | Downtown School, Seattle | Edmonds Woodway HS, Edmonds | Gibson Ek, Issaquah (2) | Ingraham High School, Seattle | Issaquah HS, Issaquah | Issaquah MS, Issaquah | Jackson High School, Mill Creek | Jewish Day School, Bellevue (2) | Kent Lake HS, Kent | Kent Merdian HS, Kent (3) | Lakeside School, Seattle (3) | Liberty HS, Renton | Maywood MS, Renton (2) | Mercer Island HIgh School, Mercer Island (7) | Narrows View Intermediate, University Place | Nathan Hale HS, Seattle | North Central High School, Spokane (2) | Peninsula High School, Kitsap | Pullman High School, Pullman | Raisbeck Aviation HS, Tukwila | Seattle Academy (4) | Seattle Girls School, Seattle | Seattle Hebrew Academy | Skyline High School, Sammamish  | St. Luke School, Shoreline (2) | St. Thomas School, Medina | Summit Sierra, Seattle | Tahoma High School, Maple Valley | The Overlake School, Redmond | Timbercrest MS, Woodinville | Tumwater HS, Tumwater | University Prep, Seattle (3) | Voyager MS, Everett | West Seattle High School, Seattle


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 in their schools and in their communities.

The Student Leadership Board is selected through an application process. Students in 7th-11th grade in Washington State were invited to apply. 


Students will:

  • Participate in virtual meetings, twice a month on Wednesday afternoons. Meetings will be approximately 45 minutes. 
  • Work together to carry out meaningful projects that support the Holocaust Center's mission and provide real-world leadership experience.
  • Provide feedback on the Holocaust Center's programs and serve as ambassadors.
  • 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.
  • Interested and eager to learn more about the Holocaust and related issues.
  • Works well with others of all ages.
  • Committed to carrying out a project. (This year's project is outlined below.)
  • Able to participate in virtual meetings on pre-scheduled dates.
  • Can commit to the Student Leadership Board through the end of the school year.


  • Meetings are held two Wednesdays a month, from 4:00-4:45 on Zoom, October 2020 - June 2021

Project - "Speaking Out: Sharing Our Stories, Raising Awareness, Creating Change":

  • Members of the SLB will be paired with members of the Holocaust Center's Speakers Bureau (Holocaust survivors and their descendants).
  • Students will present the person's story (in a medium of their choice) to their class/school/community.
  • Students are encouraged to consider connections to their own lives and the world around them.
  • Holocaust Center staff will guide and support these projects. Details and more information about the project will be provided at meetings. 

Questions - email Ilana - 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, Paul and Leora Bloom, and Errol and Ruth Ann Ger. Special thanks also goes to the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.