HMMSA Tour Activity Session Leader

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ORGANIZATION: Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio

At the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio, we offer tours to students around Central and South Texas. We are a small and mighty museum of 1500 square feet housed in a larger campus. Utilitizing the museum and adjacent spaces, we are able to provide programming to up to 200 students at a time.

This is made possible through volunteer docents and activity session leaders. As an activity session leader, you would utilize educational experience to lead groups of students through lessons about propaganda, upstanders, survivor testimony, and to critically think about the Holocaust. We provide the materials, lessons, and training to conduct these sessions with mentors to model how to implement. We just need volunteers like you with your experience!

We are seeking volunteers with public speaking or education experience who want to become part of our mission to combate hate, apathy, and prejudice through education. Volunteers sign up for tours as they are scheduled.

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About Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio

Location:

12500 N.W. Military Hwy. Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78231, US

Mission Statement

The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice, and apathy, and promotes good citizenship, democratic values, and respect for human dignity.

Description

The Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio opened its doors to the public at its current location in May, 2000.

However, Holocaust education has been an ongoing priority of the San Antonio Jewish community for more than forty years. In 1975, in response to a request from one of the community’s school districts, the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation created a special, short curriculum to supplement World War II studies in high schools. At that time history textbooks virtually ignored the Holocaust.

A program was developed called the Holocaust History Project. The program consisted of a specially created documentary film, a discussion period with a trained facilitator, a classroom visit with a Holocaust survivor and a teacher’s manual. It was offered to schools free of charge. The response was overwhelming.

Recognizing the important social and civic lessons to be learned, teachers seized the opportunity to expose their students to Holocaust history in order to expand their knowledge, increase their sensitivity to others and develop critical thinking skills.

Today thousands of students annually visit the museum where they are provided with a docent led tour explaining the history of this time period, view a movie or participate in a meaningful activity and hear a Holocaust survivor’s testimony.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Community
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Community, Education & Literacy

WHEN

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WHERE

12500 NW Military HighwaySuite 200San Antonio, TX 78231

(29.55716,-98.53315)
 

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Library Sciences
  • History
  • Critical Thinking

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • A training session will be held for the activity sessions. Volunteers will then shadow a mentor to see the session in action. Each activity session is about 30-45 minutes long, and a tour usually takes 60-90 minutes.

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