Choosing to Make a Difference

This event has reached capacity. To be placed on the waitlist, please submit nomination letters.


Student Leadership Day will challenge participants to think about lessons that can be learned from the past, empowering them to stand against indifference and injustice today.

Due to popular demand, the program will be offered on two consecutive days. Please indicate first and second date preference in your nomination letter.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Thursday, February 20, 2020
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Featured keynote speaker:

Sam Bencheghib

Sam Bencheghib is the co-founder, with his brother Gary, of Make a Change World. A direct call to action to address plastic pollution on the island of Bali, Make a Change World mobilizes young people to take the lead in developing innovative and practical strategies to protect the environment.

In July 2019, Sam began running from New York to Los Angeles, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, to raise awareness of the human and environmental impact of plastic pollution in our oceans. Follow Sam’s journey at #ocean2ocean.  





For more information, or to nominate up to eight of your 7th and 8th grade students, submit your letter via email to from your school email address. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

Space is extremely limited. Nominations will be accepted in the order in which they are received.


Nomination guidelines>


Presenting Sponsor of Student Leadership Days:
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Education Services are supported with generous grants from:  Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; The Bill Bass Foundation; Dr. Scholl Foundation; Leah Gutman Education Fund; Niles Township Government; PNC; Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundation; State Farm.

 Additional endowment support is provided by: The Mayor Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Education Fund; The Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation Program Endowment Fund; Fund; Moselle Mintz Schwartz Education Fund; Barney & Anita Sidler Educational Endowment; Teachers Educational Endowment Fund.



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