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Developing Compassionate Leaders through Mentorship and Action

Interested? Applications for 2019-2020 school year will be available in June 2019. 

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.

2019 Project: Students will look for and identify upstanders* in their schools and local communities. At each meeting, selected students will share their upstander stories. All stories will be compiled and displayed at the end-of-year celebration in June. 

Meetings are twice a month on Wednesdays, from November 2018 - June 2019.  Students in 7th - 11th grade are eligible to apply.

*Upstander - A person who sees wrong and acts. A person who takes a stand against an act of injustice or intolerance.


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 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.
  • 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, November 2018 - June 2019
  • Can commit to the Student Leadership Board through the end of the school year

2018-2019 Student Leadership Board

*Returning member

Sara Anglin,* 12th Grade, Holy Names Academy, Seattle
Hannah Boden,* 10th Grade, Seattle Academy, Seattle
Mira Brown, 9th Grade, University Prep, Seattle
Lily Clark, 9th Grade, Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island
Sophia Egan, 9th Grade, West Seattle High School, Seattle
Annabelle Falconer,* 10th Grade, Ballard High School, Seattle
Mario Falit-Baiamonte,* 10th Grade, Nathan Hale High School, Seattle
Max Fischel,* 10th Grade, Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island
Stella Gardner,* 10th Grade, Ballard High School, Seattle
Ella Gonchar,* 10th Grade, Seattle Academy, Seattle
Olivia Harris,* 12th Grade, Eastlake High School, Sammamish
Rina Isaac, 8th Grade, Hazel Wolf K-8, Seattle
Graham Johnson, 10th Grade, Nathan Hale High School, Seattle
Sonja Marie Kjelstrup,* 12th Grade, Woodinvelle High School, Woodinville
Grace Lefcourt, 11th Grade, Archbishop Burphy High School, Everett
Baruch Levine, 11th Grade, Northwest Yeshiva High School, Mercer Island
Catherine Lirtsman,* 9th Grade, Lakeside School, Seattle
Brooke Mihlstin,* 9th Grade, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, Seattle
Zoe Nichols,* 12th Grade, Kennedy Catholic High School, Burien
Meghan Park, 11th Grade, Mountlake Terrace High School, Mountlake Terrace
Sarah Petrov,* 11th Grade, Bellevue High School, Bellevue
Jadon Piha, 11th Grade, Northwest Yeshiva High School, Mercer Island
Gabe Regelbrugge, 8th Grade, Maywood Middle School, Renton
Benjamin Scherzer,* 11th Grade, Seattle Academy, Seattle
Leo Strober-Cohen, 9th Grade, The Nova Project, Seattle
Britany Torres, 11th Grade, Kentlake High School, Kent
Sophia Vandewark,* Grade 12, Eastside Catholic High School, Sammamish
Syd Walter, 8th Grade, Lake Washington Girls Middle School, Seattle

Dates of Meetings:

Meetings will take place twice a month on Wednesdays, from 4:45pm - 6:00pm at the Holocaust Center for Humanity (2045 2nd Avenue, Seattle). Occasional meetings will take place off-site. 

Wed., Nov. 7
Wed., Nov. 28
Wed., Dec. 12
Wed., Jan. 16
Sun., Jan. 27 - International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Museum of Flight
Wed., Feb. 13
Wed., Feb. 27
Wed., Mar 13
Wed., Mar. 27
Wed., Apr. 17
Wed., May 1, different time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM 
Sun., May 5, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM- Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Program
Wed., May 15
Wed., June 5 - Closing Celebration


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.