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Igniting the spirit of the present; empowering the legacy of the future.

How the Legacy Lives On

Activism begins with you.

Furthering Eleanor Roosevelt’s life mission, the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill offers programming that facilitates the realization of social justice and humanitarian efforts, specifically through the hearts, minds and vision of our youth and larger community both here and abroad.

Through the Girls Leadership Worldwide (GLW) summer program at Val-Kill, high school students are given the opportunity to reach beyond the perceptions of their current age and time-frame, connecting to one another through commonalities while learning to embrace and empower their differences. Understanding how the facets in us all can unify, provides these young women with a solid foundation to step out into the world with a strong sense of self, clarity of personal vision and overall purpose.

ECCEL provides students enrolled in community colleges throughout New York’s, Hudson Valley the opportunity to discover and develop their natural leadership skills. With an infrastructure that includes; weekend retreats, campus meetings, workshops and the development of a community impact project, participants will come to understand how their leadership talents can utterly transform the specific world around them within our global society.

The discovery of each individual’s unique vision and understanding of how to tangibly affect change from that vision enhances a sense of self while also creating a collective, cohesive language that affects change in the name of social justice. The programming at the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill prepares participants to make an individual difference in the now of today for the overall global health of tomorrow.

As the pace quickens and our world gets smaller, ERVK mindfully structures its programs around 10 defining principles:

LEADERSHIP – Learn and apply the skills necessary to be a principled and socially conscious leader in the style of Eleanor Roosevelt

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP – Learn what it means to be a citizen of the world; gain an appreciation of the diversity of perceptions and perspectives that inform cultures around the world and the difference between perception and reality

SOCIAL JUSTICE – Explore and discuss contemporary social justice issues, challenges and solutions and your place/responsibility in all of this

AGENT OF CHANGE – Understand the power within and be a force for good for all

ADVOCACY – Use your unique leadership skills to make a difference for a cause

NETWORKING – Meet and learn from accomplished men and women at sites in New York City to various organizations and corporations, including the US Mission, United Nations and CNN

SOLIDARITY – Form strong relationships with people around the world in a supportive, judgement-free environment

PASSION & PURPOSE – Live life with appropriate passion and purpose

EMPOWERMENT – Build self-confidence and find one’s voice in today’s complex world

OPEN MINDEDNESS – Learn how to embrace new ideas, value differing opinions and allow others to freely express their views without condemnation

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In stopping to think through the meaning of what I have learned, there is much I believe with all my heart: In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, Hyde Park, 1960.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 14 (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.