Global Responsibility: “Justice Is Not Negotiable”

2020 Echo Footsteps Global Initiative

A unique experiential leadership initiative, Echo’s Global Footsteps Initiative “Justice is Not Negotiable” promotes understanding, inspires a quest for knowledge, and is an exciting study/international travel opportunity for a select group of Charlotte-Mecklenburg high-school students to explore global citizenship and personal responsibility.  

Students will learn about Dr. Denis Mukwege, a surgeon in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who is the living example of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Dr. Mukwege treats victims of sexual violence during conflict and advocates internationally for their protection. Students will gain a better understanding of the global mechanisms designed to protect and enforce international human rights with an emphasis on global health and crimes against humanity.

Following six months of study in Charlotte, students will travel abroad to:

  • Paris, France for a two-day conference on global access to healthcare
  • Brussels, Belgium for an immersive experience at the European Union
  • The Hague, Netherlands to tour the ICC and The Mukwege Foundation
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands to visit the Anne Frank House and National Holocaust Museum

Through educational and hands-on activities, both locally and abroad, Echo Student Ambassadors will learn about and contribute to the Responsibility to Protect worldwide.

Students from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area in grades 9-11 during the 2019- 2020 school year are invited to apply. We are looking for outstanding students who display leadership skills, individual initiative, compassion, and who have a demonstrated commitment to service. Deadline for application is Monday, October 28, 2019.

Download the Appplication HERE