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ACLU winner of youth activist scholarship an ex-scout


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April 12, 2005

NEW YORK -- The American Civil Liberties Union today announced the winners of its Youth Activist Scholarship for 2005. Ten high school seniors from around the country were selected to receive $4,000 each to honor their outstanding work to protect civil liberties, especially the rights of young people.

High School Seniors Across the Nation Honored for Commitment to Civil Liberties

NEW YORK -- The American Civil Liberties Union today announced the winners of its Youth Activist Scholarship for 2005. Ten high school seniors from around the country were selected to receive $4,000 each to honor their outstanding work to protect civil liberties, especially the rights of young people.

The Scholarship was created in 2000 to recognize the efforts of graduating seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties and civil rights through some form of student activism.

"In a time when our core freedoms and values are being undermined every day, it is vital that the next generation of civil libertarians stands up for their rights," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. "The ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship is an opportunity to recognize the bravery of these students and their role as the true defenders of democracy." ... Trevor Gilmore, a dedicated Boy Scout from childhood, had to work hard to establish the first Gay-Straight Alliance at A.C. Davis High School in the politically conservative Yakima, Washington area. But his hard work paid off. The administration and the Associated Student Body approved the charter constitution that Trevor carefully researched and crafted, and he has since been approached by students from other schools in the area who are seeking to start Gay-Straight Alliances of their own.

Although he recently left the Boy Scouts because of its discriminatory policies toward gay people, Trevor still credits the organization for awakening his drive to become an activist: "I think the explanation of Obedient in the Scout law book explains my motivations best: A Scout obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them."

 

 

 

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