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New World Leader Projects

New World Leader Projects | It Only Takes a Spark

New World Leader (NWL) Projects are  alternative, creative approaches to change in partnership with our communities. (n)Ever a Leader's NWL projects are dedicated to inspiring interest in human rights, social justice, and positive peace. We design projects to support our training and education mission for change.

The Power of Signature | petition

Petition to support Human Rights Defenders


Human rights defenders face threats, intimidation and imprisonment. Governments around the world, including in the United States, prevent them from speaking out or imprison them because of their peaceful activism.

  • Worldwide, at least 156 human rights defenders died in detention or were killed in 2015.
  • At least 61 countries put people in prison simply for exercising their rights and freedoms.
  • At least 113 countries restricted freedom of expression and the press in 2015.


Governments around the world have long tried to restrict people’s human right to protest peacefully, often as part of broader crackdowns on human rights. In the United States, there is a sharp increase in attempts to limit and even criminalize peaceful protest.

  • Bills have been introduced in 19 states to restrict the right to protest.
  • On the federal level, the Department of Justice and Congress may consider policies to restrict the right to protest *courtesy of human rights defenders | amnesty international US


  • Ohio, home of (n)Ever a Leader, Inc., is asking Governor John Kasich and U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, to take a stand on behalf of human rights defenders by adopting United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/53/144 for the state of Ohio and adding a declaration of support on the State of Ohio website and the official websites for Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman
  • If you are not an Ohioan, but would like to join the cause and create a petition to encourage your Governor and U.S. Senators to publicly defend our human rights defenders, please feel free to personalize information and text for your State using (n)Ever A Leader's example. We invite you to make this an open source, grassroots, U.S. wide initiative.

2018 ESSAY CONTEST | social justice

Leading Social Justice in my Community | Win $500

Join (n)Ever a Leader's second annual essay contest. Last year's essays were about human rights from the perspective of 5th-12th grade students in the Cleveland Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This year we invite students and adults in the U.S. to write about social justice in her or his community. A prize of $500 will be awarded to the winner in each of the following age groups. The essays will be published on (n)Ever a Leader's website.

Competition Groups

Ages 13-15 | Ages 16-18

Adults 19 and older

Essays must discuss social justice and change in the writer's own community and can be creative writing or an academic/research essay. 

Essays must be between 1,000 and 1,500 words typed, double space. Quotes or references should be cited, but there is no style requirement.

Essays should:

  • Inspire others to action
  • Propose a solution
  • Raise awareness of a problem

Essays could:

  • Explain how technology or science helps
  • Argue on behalf of an ignored social justice issue
  • Profile a community social justice hero or a program

ESSAY DEADLINE: December 3, 2018 at Midnight (EST)

Email your word format essay as an attachment to Please also include a one-paragraph bio and a photo. Fun selfies are encouraged! All essay submissions will be confirmed.

Judges consider:

  • Originality
  • Persuasiveness
  • Insightfulness
  • Accuracy of facts cited
  • Innovative thinking

Winners announced December 17, 2018. Prizes mailed to winners in the form of a prepaid gift card.

For information on judging, please make your request to

Winners will be required to sign a media and publication release agreement with (n)Ever a Leader, Inc. to be selected as a winner.

For the 2018 essay contest, we are only able to accept essays in English.



(n)Ever a Leader, Inc. is pleased to announce the upcoming Human Rights book series for students in 5th and 6th grades about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

The goal of the book series is to introduce the concept of human rights and to help students develop critical thinking skills about complex ideas in a fun, interactive way.  The book series gives young students a foundation in human rights we believe will inform the remainder of their secondary school education.

The series will include three books discussing each of the 30 articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Book I, which covers UDHR Articles 1-10, will be published in advance of Human Rights Day on December 10, 2018, and will be available online as well as in print.

Each book is divided into 10 chapters. Each chapter includes one article as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with an explanation of the article in language appropriate to the  age group, and puts the article in learning context by framing it within a story. Each story offers three possible endings with one ending best supporting the spirit of the human rights article discussed. Students are asked to decide which ending is most correct. A key at the end of the book gives the answer. 

The book was conceived as a teacher-student learning tool and (n)Ever a Leader, Inc. plans to make the book available for free to social studies teachers and their students upon request.

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Subscribe to (n)Ever a Leader and get notified as soon as the book series is available.

2017 | Human Rights Essay Winners

Essay Winner Charkia Watts (docx)


Essay Winner Demetrius Blue (docx)


Essay Contest Winner Mariyah Reed (docx)


2017 | Our Generous Essay CONTEST Donors

Donald and Valentina Mazoleni Ferencz

Don and Valentina kicked off (n)Ever a Leader's human rights essay contest fundraising campaign with their generous donation. Thank you for your kindness, support and everything you and your family do to make our world better. 

To learn more about Don Ferecz visit:

Indebted to everyone who supported (n)Ever a Leader's inaugural Human Rights Essay Contest. Thank you!

Dr. Nancy Boxill, Andrew Dorchak, Ruggero Fatica, Donald & Valentina Mazzoleni Ferencz, Richard Hammar, Zak Mensour, William R. Pratt, Denise Pratt, Mary Quade, Deborah Turner