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University High School sophomore Rachel Bates will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer to participate in a prestigious summer program offered by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU’s Summer Advocacy Program is an intensive program in which students learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and other experts working to defend the civil right and civil liberties critical to a free and open society. This year’s program runs from Saturday, July 20 to Friday, July 26.

The program includes elective courses covering the ACLU’s wide array of issue areas, daily seminars to explore social justice and civil liberties issues, connections and support structures with other young activists, and visits to college campuses. The culmination is a meeting with elected officials and congressional staff on Capitol Hill and an issue rally to bring attention to a cause selected by student participants.

Congratulations to Rachel on being selected for this program!