ADL offers free trip to Washington, D.C., for High-School students

This November, approximately 100 high-school students from around the country will participate in the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Mission, an annual three-day trip to Washington, D.C., for students, with all expenses paid for by the ADL.

The ADL’s Pacific Southwest division is now accepting applications for the trip, which will include a guided tour of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as its centerpiece and will bring together ADL delegations from around the country.

“Many of them are participating and learning about Jewish people for the first time, so this is the way that we kind of create bridges,” sais Eva Vega-Olds, an ADL project director who will accompany the Los Angeles delegation, along with other chaperones and a professional security team.

The trip takes place Nov. 11-14 and will include addresses to the students by Lithuanian Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin; U.S. Army veteran and liberator of Buchenwald concentration camp Leon Bass; East Los Angeles native Maria Reyes — a contributor to the “Freedom Writers Diary” and former gang member who credits Anne Frank’s diary with changing the course of her life; and ADL National Director Abraham Foxman. Students will tour the city’s historic monuments and participate in discussions in breakout groups. When they return, they will work with their delegation on a project drawing upon what they learned. 

Students interested in building leadership skills and learning ways to combat intolerance and promote diversity are encouraged to apply.

ADL’s Los Angeles branch will accept 10 students of any religion or background who will be juniors during the 2012-13 school year and who reside or attend school in Los Angeles County. The application, which features an essay prompt — a poem, video or photo essay can also be submitted — is due May 31.

Attracting the academically competitive in years past, the trip will be filled with educational activities and offer little time for leisure, said Vega-Olds

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