Our Mission

We are educators, young adults, and community members committed to empowering, connecting, and building a statewide community for and by youth during the #COVID-19 Pandemic. Through expert and youth-created and focused programs, articles, and resources –#WeCanTogether bridges a gap in community services for young people during #COVID-19.

During this challenging time, it is hard not to focus on what we can’t do, our purpose is to work together to discover what we can do. By creating space for young people to learn more about COVID-19, share their stories, and learn self-care strategies – #WeCanTogether will build a community that shares, creates, learns, and cares together.

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"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Barack Obama

Our Vision

 A community where young people are empowered to create, share, learn, and work together during the COVID 19 pandemic.


Our Founder

Thea MacFawn is founder of the Capital Region Institute for Human Rights. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY and has called the Capital Region her home for twenty years. She is a National Board Certified public school teacher, 2018 Empire State Excellence in Teaching award recipient,and a United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Teacher Fellow. She facilitates professional development workshops for area school districts and has presented at local and regional conferences on Holocaust and human rights education.


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#WeCanTogether is an initiative by the Capital Region Institute for Human Rights to empower, connect, & build a statewide community for and by youth during the #Covid19 pandemic.

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