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EDICT OF CYRUS

 HUMAN RIGHTS FOR EVERYONE

 “Cyrus the great, founder of the Persian Empire, pronounced an edict guaranteeing the rights and welfare of the Babylonians after he overthrew Babylon in 539 B.C. Many consider this to be the first declaration of human rights."

 
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Our Summer Youth Program


SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM
 
The Manhattan Multicultural Summer Youth Program (MMSY) brings together youths of different cultures, ethnicities, and faiths from around New York City area to provide opportunity to engage with one another and create an environment where people can share, respect, and value cultural differences.


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Through exposure to people of a diverse range of backgrounds, youths in the New York City area will gain a greater awareness, appreciation and understanding of one another’s differences and similarities. The MMSY program has proven to be of benefit in reducing racial, religious and intercultural tension.

Founded in 2003, Manhattan Multicultural Counseling (MMC NYC) aims at providing cultural competency programs and counseling services to adolescents and families in the New York City area.

New York City is a unique melting pot, which brings people from different regions of the United States and the world together. This social diversity allows many different perspectives, enriches our own experiences and provides an opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of other cultures and backgrounds.

Joanna

Before the program, I had recently finished school. I mainly focused on trying to find summer activities as well as prepare for my upcoming student expedition with National Geographic to Belize. This exclusive experience presented me with opportunity to experience...


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Nicole

The week before joining the program, I was volunteering at the Cody Gifford House subdivision of an organization called Association to Benefit Children. While it was an amazing experience, I was looking for other things to do over the summer...


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Tim

I first learned about the MMSY through my mom, and she heard it from the school’s parent coordinator. I honestly did not think too far into my summer plans, so I decided to just go with the flow and may...


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Xavier

Before MMSY program, I was your typical teenager on summer vacation from college. Every day was pretty much the same and I wasn’t doing much to better myself as a person. I’d wake up hangout with my friends and then...


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Anna

Before I began MMSY Program, I had had a fairly active summer. At the beginning of July, I was very focused on social activities with friends that were going to leave for the summer. I also went running daily, and...


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Dayren

Before I attended MMSY program, I was tutoring a young girl, with her summer school and summer reading homework. Then I did three-day training for a job in a fast-food restaurant. However, I was not hired for the job. At...


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Steffanie

Prior to participating in the MMSY Program, I participated in countless summer programs promoting leadership and diversity. Recently attending the National Hispanic Institute (NHI)‘s Lorenzo De Zavala Youth Legislative Session in Rochester, New York. The program’s goal is for rising...


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Khalid

This summer, I spent two weeks learning about human rights and the UN participating in the MMSY Program--perhaps the most enriching experience I’ve had this year. Currently, I attend Paramus High School (a rising senior) and the multiculturalism I experienced...


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Remi

Before the MMSY program I spent my days either memorizing vocabulary words for the SAT or lying in my bed watching various tv shows. I had a constant cycle of waking up, taking a shower, going to my SAT class,...


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According to Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities (adopted by General Assembly Resolution 47/135 of 18 December 1992)

“Article 4:4 --States should, where appropriate, take measures in the field of education, in order to encourage knowledge of the history, traditions, language and culture of minorities existing within their territory. Persons belonging to minorities should have adequate opportunities to gain knowledge of the society as a whole.”

 
 
 

“Tolerance:  Human beings must respect one another in all their diversity of belief, culture and language.  Differences within and between societies should be neither feared nor repressed, but cherished as a precious asset of humanity.”

-Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General, 2000