WEST ORANGE, NJ – Earlier this month, four members of the West Orange High School (WOHS) Student Council had the opportunity to attend the 2019 Jeter's Leaders Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, presented by Goldman Sachs.

Jeter's Leaders is part of Derek Jeter's Turn2 Foundation. According to the website, "Jeter's Leaders is a leadership development program created to empower, recognize and enhance the skills of high school students” who do the following:

  • Promote healthy lifestyles, free of alcohol and substance abuse;
  • Achieve academically;
  • Are committed to improving their community through social change activities; and
  • Serve as role models to younger students and to deliver positive messages to their peers.

WOHS students Kaia Baker, Herva Kana, Senay Dani and Scott Moul represented the high school at the conference, where they participated in several workshops that were based on topics the organization feels affect teens today. The leaders from New York and Kalamazoo host the conference bi-annually for other youth leadership programs throughout the United States in order to inspire social change.

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"The students were able to meet and share new ideas to bring back to West Orange to improve and enrich the community," said WOHS Student Council Advisor Catherine Connors, "and they're looking forward to the coming school year."

Workshops were offered as followed, based on this year’s theme of “RE2PECT Our Voice!”

  • Drugs vs. Alcohol — (types of addiction, mental effects, causes, etc.)
  • Eating Habits — (body image, obesity in today’s society, etc.)
  • Racism— (cultural appropriation, colorism, etc.)
  • Sexism — (the #MeToo movement, gender identity, etc.)
  • Current events — (gun control, mass deportation, etc.)
  • Mental Wellness — (mindfulness, stigma, society vs. mental health, etc.)
  • Social Media — (positive/negative effects of social media, influencers, traceability, etc.)
  • Homelessness — (causes, effects, teen impact, etc.)

In addition to the workshops, the student council members had the opportunity to interact with other high school students from New York, New Jersey, Michigan and more. They also participated in a community service project, citywide scavenger hunt and dinner-dance cruise.

Click here to read more about Derek Jeter's Turn2 Foundation, Inc. and the leadership program.

Facebook: @DerekJeter; Twitter: @Jeterturn2; Instagram: @Jeterturn2

Hashtags: #Turn2, #JLLC and #JetersLeaders.