Students Participate In Global Youth Leadership Institute

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From left to right: Naya Shim, Mia Reyes, Amaan Bhojani, Yumna Naqvi, Whitney Porter and Carlin Schildge address their peers with a presentation. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

From left to right: Naya Shim, Mia Reyes, Amaan Bhojani, Yumna Naqvi, Whitney Porter and Carlin Schildge address their peers with a presentation. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON — On Saturday, Dec. 1, six middle school students and their teacher attended the Global Youth Leadership Institute hosted by Far Hills Country Day School.

Corinna Crafton of Edison and the following students attended: Amaan Bhojani of Avenel, Whitney Porter of North Plainfield, Yumna Naqvi of South Plainfield, Mia Reyes of South Plainfield, Carlin Schildge of Westfield and Naya Shim of Warren.

The Global Youth Leadership Institute was formed shortly after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 to create a mechanism for youth around the world to work collaboratively on programs that foster global pluralism, leadership, environmental care and full engagement as citizens of the world. Our students spent this past Saturday learning leadership skills, making new friends, learning more about themselves as individuals and members of the global community, and how to take action on the important challenges we face.

A culminating activity required the students to create a school leadership proposal to address an aspect of environmental sustainability. Students prepared and presented their leadership plan to an audience of 50 students and faculty from six tri-state area schools.


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