BENEFITING: JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER ON THE PALISADES
EVENT DATE: Mar 07, 2014
Approximately 160,000 students in the United States skip school every day because of bullying. With bullying such a growing “epidemic” that is impacting children at younger and younger ages, the JCC Teen Department at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades decided to establish the Teen Leadership Council for middle school students, which is dedicated to the pressing topic and empowers teens to become leaders in their community.
While some schools are required to include anti-bullying programs and assemblies, they are lacking in the way they engaged their students. For a real change to be made, they have to put it into the hands of the students themselves. The Teen Department reached out to 10 schools from all over Bergen County to send delegates to this conference, as well as to place student leaders on a council that would plan the event. It is imperative to bring students who are racially, ethnically, culturally, religiously, and economically very diverse so that they can see that this is a societal issue that crosses all boundaries.
This year’s Teen Leadership’s council consists of 30 teens from all over Northern NJ. They’ve decided to take their topic one step further and focus on discrimination, and its “isms,” not just bullying. They feel strongly that where schools fail the most is getting to the heart from where bullying stems. They feel that the need was great for their peers to become more culturally competent. By educating students on how different populations are discriminated against, they hope to ebb the flow of discrimination and bullying in their schools. They are excited to bring lessons of diversity and equality to their home communities. The council is overjoyed by energy and excitement as they continue to learn how to “be the change.”
We are hoping to raise $10,000 in order to run our annual conference on March 7th, 2014. This year we are proud to announce that our keynote speaker is Miss Nina Davuluri, who was discriminated against when she was crowned Miss America 2014. Please help us fund this conference and educate our youth about discrimination. We know that you share the same views and hope you will be inclined to support this program. Thank you!