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EACH HUGO MENTORSHIP COMBINES AN INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT WITH EXPERT-GUIDED STUDY

Every project is unique, reflecting the students' specific learning objectives and interests. Final projects range from college-level research papers to product prototypes.
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Advocacy mentorships empower students to create change in the world around them, learning how to become effective advocates for the issues they are passionate about. Students learn to use research to identify and propose policy reforms in everything from education to the environment to social justice, creating advocacy proposals or writing op-eds about why their suggested changes are necessary and how they can best be implemented.

Sample projects

A paper and presentation proposing a new framework for civic engagement at the high-school level

Researched and composed six scripts for a podcast series about student rights and inequalities

Research paper documenting how youth voting is increased by automatic pre-voting registration

Policy Brief proposing equity-based solutions to Black maternal mortality in the United States

Review article on the effects of airborne microplastics on human health, which was published in the Young Scientists Journal

Policy memo for congressional representative that supports implementing Stepping Up, an initiative to reduce the number of mentally ill people in jails, within Richmond County

A policy recommendation targeting Egyptian universities to increase gender parity, based on research of Egyptian women’s experience of sexual violence, workplace harassment and discrimination and the nation’s growing #MeToo movement

Comparative analysis of five different social justice-oriented theatre groups, assessing their diversity and effectiveness

Academic paper comparing the 2014 Ebola Epidemic in West Africa to the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020

Original advocacy proposal that reimagines campus food banks to address rising food insecurity in university settings

Original magazine about sustainable fashion, featuring articles on the industry's ethical and ecological issues and a unique research-based sustainability rating scale for fashion retailers

Business model and pitch deck for a youth athletic academy that would bring tennis to underserved communities

Research paper analyzing three startups' impact and effectiveness in addressing women's’ issues of affordable feminine hygiene products and eliminating the “pink” tax

Original website sharing historical, political and economical information on the global refugee crisis with resources encouraging advocacy

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