What are you doing in JROTC



United for Human Rights presents human rights training materials to 92 Junior Reserve Officers ’Training Corps instructors from across Alabama.


Alabama JROTC cadets are becoming good citizens and belittling many people's belief that their age group is self-centered and self-conscious.

Today's teenagers and young adults are more self-centered than ever, and perhaps the correct word for this would be the 'me generation'. While today's 15-25 year olds are the first to grow up with advanced technology and have the Internet always at hand, it seems that they do not use any of these sources of information to achieve work ethic or any meaningful success, " reports a US magazine.

This is the challenge the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC, a youth program for future leaders sponsored by the United States Armed Forces) faces in achieving its goal of giving program participants a sense of civic responsibility, of personal responsibility and the accomplishment of accomplishments.

When a Navy JROTC instructor came across Youth for Human Rights (YHR) in Alabama, he realized that it was a natural fit with his program of teaching students how to be interested in life and the world around them become a leader and an asset to your community. This led to an invitation to United for Human Rights (UHR) to hold a seminar for the cadets.

Lt. Col. Robert Barrow, JROTC director for Mobile County, attended the seminar and, enjoying what he saw, invited UHR to his next county meeting to train his instructors on the curriculum.

So UHR returned to Alabama and trained all 40 JROTC instructors in Mobile County. The freshly trained instructors wasted no time. One of them called UHR the next morning and reported that he had already presented the curriculum to 30 teachers at his school. Since they all wanted the program, he asked if he could get 45 YHR lesson packages by next week.

Lt. Col. Barrow added momentum to the whole thing and invited UHR to the JROTC state conference in Alabama - he wanted to establish YHR throughout the state. There United for Human Rights trained 92 additional instructors, at least one for every high school that has a JROTC program in their state.

These instructors returned to their respective schools and began delivering the seminar, each tailoring the program for their particular class. During a lesson, for example, an instructor discusses current events in the world with the students that are related to the law that has just been taken up. Another instructor brings in students from two nearby "sister schools" so they can join his cadets for regular human rights lessons.

And what about these “self-centered youth who lack work ethics”? Says one cadet, “[JROTC and YHR] are both pushing you forward to use your full potential to become the best possible citizen and person you can be. I've learned to work hard and to stimulate myself. Both programs - taken together - produce great people. "

Spread the word through meetings

Meetings are a perfect opportunity to reach like-minded organizations. That's why United for Human Rights (UHR) chapters attend meetings around the world and set up information stands. They attend meetings of all kinds, from meetings of social science teachers to symposia on human trafficking. We provide free educational materials, meet and work with human rights leaders.

For example, a team of UHR volunteers had a booth during an annual conference of the National Council on Social Studies. There it reached 430 teachers from all over the USA. They realized that the materials were priceless.

One teacher who visited the booth said, “Since I am the social studies teacher coordinator, I am always asked, 'What materials should I use to teach human rights?' And I tell these people about your materials every time . I tell them there is nothing that beats your human rights curriculum. It is simply the best that is available. "

If you would like to take part in a UHR booth, please contact us.


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