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Social Justice Youth Leadership Summer Program

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2009 Youth Leadership Retreat | 2008 Social Justice Students
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Social Justice Full-time Staff | Peer to Peer Advisors

Social Justice Peer-to-Peer Advisors

Andrean High School Graduating Class of 2010. 2008 Social Justice Program Graduate, 2008 Social Justice Program Project Award Winner, 2008 Social Justice Student Academic Award. Charles is an aspiring Computer Program/Architect who would like to attend Purdue University when he graduates next year. Social justice problems he has faced include different forms of racism and verbal abuse. Charles advises new social justice students to take what is thrown at them and make the best of it. He encourages with the biblical scripture that says “weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.”
Charles Adams, III
Thea Bowman Leadership Academy Class of 2010. 2008 Social Justice Program Graduate, 2008 Social Justice Program Project Award Runner-Up, 2008 Social Justice Participation Award. “Being categorized as ignorant by outside schools because of the low test scores for the overall school systems in Gary” is one of the biggest social justice problems Joshua faces. This future lawyer has started taking the plight of those less fortunate than him very seriously. He strongly encourages those entering the 2009 program to believe “one person can make a change because if one can persuade another than progress can multiply.” Josh has two brothers and wishes to attend Valparaiso University or New York University when he graduates from high school.
Joshua Bradley
Theodore Roosevelt High School Class of 2010. 2008 Social Justice Program Graduate, 2008 Social Justice Program Project Award Runner-Up. The passing of his grandmother in 1999, after a long fight with cancer, is one social justice problem that affected Will deeply, because his grandmother loved him unconditionally. Will’s desire is to become a musician or business owner. He encourages those entering into the 2009 social justice program to pay attention in all courses and also says “you have to let go of your friends on Tuesdays during the summer from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. if you want to become a mentor and learn many new things.”
William Givens
Bishop Noll Graduating Class of 2009. 2008 Social Justice Program Graduate. 2008 Social Justice Program Project Award Runner-Up, 2008 Social Justice Program Attendance Award. This future Gynecologist will enter Ball State University in the Fall of 2009. Kaylyn has drive and passion to motivate all around her; she particularly has a heart for the homeless community and wishes to return to her community to open up a local clinic for underserved residents. She has endured her share of social justice problems from being abandoned by her dad at an early age to unstable emotional relationships through her high school years. Kaylyn will bring a lot of “teen wisdom” to her classes. She firmly believes that one cannot lead if his or her attitude makes it hard to follow. She challenges all new social justice students to ask and answer this question: “would I follow myself?”
Kaylyn Gyden
West Side High School Graduating Class of 2010. 2008 Social Justice Program Graduate, 2008 Social Justice Program Project Award Runner-Up, 2008 Social Justice Most Improved Student Award, 2008 Social Justice Team Player Award. “If you are being treated unfairly and it is obviously wrong, don’t doubt that something needs to be done about it” is Jasmyne’s advice to incoming social justice students. She has a teacher who feels it is not her job to help her students; this is a major social justice problem to Jasmyne. She has one sister and four brothers. Jasmyne is quiet but wise; she would like to attend the Art Institute of Chicago and become an artist or a teacher.
Jasmyne Jones
Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High School Class of 2010. 2008 Social Justice Program Graduate, 2008 Social Justice Program Project Award Winner 2008 Social Justice Program Leadership Award, 2008 Social Justice Program Enthusiastic Award. “Come to meetings ready to learn as much as possible and have a good approach to whatever happens” is the advice of this optimistic instructor. Kelvin has four sisters. His career goals are to be a doctor or lawyer and attend Howard University in Washington, DC or Notre Dame in South Bend.This young man works to empower others with his energy and upbeat personality. Kelvin regrets loosing two of his social justice team members last year and blames various social justice problems in this community to their not completing the 2008 program. Students will learn a lot from this young man.
Kelvin D. Robinson

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