Kids Speak is a day for students from Connecticut to come together and discuss topics related to civil and human rights. This forum will raise students’ consciousness regarding diversity, school climate and culture, anti-bullying, equal protection, neighborhood isolation and housing, busing, individuality, and much more!
History of Kids Speak: In 1993, then UConn Law School students, Cheryl Sharp and Rae Thiesfield-Vann, developed and launched the first Kids Court Competition in the Greater Hartford area to educate students about diversity and civil and human rights issues. After receiving approval from the Governor’s Office in 1996, Attorneys Sharp and Thiesfield-Vann co-chaired the first, statewide Kids Court Competition and Kids Speak event. The competition, sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, successfully ran for five straight years, allowing thousands of students to participate.