Choosing to Make a Difference

For 7th and 8th grade students

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 20, 2019
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Thursday, February 21, 2019
9:00 am – 2:30 pm

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Featured keynote speaker:

David Hogg

March for Our Lives Founder, Activist, and Stoneman Douglas High School Alumnus

On February 14, 2018, David Hogg’s life changed forever. As a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, David survived the largest school shooting in American history. Having lost friends, classmates and teachers, David decided to take action, so no other young person would have to experience what he went through on that fateful day.

Joining with his friends from his school, David co-founded March For Our Lives, a youth led gun violence prevention movement that organized one of the largest mass mobilizations this nation has ever seen on March 24, 2018. Since then, David’s activism has taken him around the country, meeting with impacted families and diverse communities to deepen his knowledge on gun safety and the politics surrounding the issue.

He is a prolific voice on social media with more than a million followers. He uses his platform to raise the voices of others who have stood up against violence to create an alliance through their shared loss to end gun violence everywhere.

With his younger sister, Lauren, also a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, he co-wrote #NeverAgain, a New York Times bestseller.

David is a proud member of the 2018 graduating class of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.


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 30, 2019.

Nomination guidelines>


Presenting Sponsor of Student Leadership Days:
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Additional support provided by The Jacob J. Fink Charitable Foundation, The Slomo and Cindy Silvian Foundation, Inc , Moselle Mintz Schwartz Education Fund,  and an Anonymous Foundation.

Additional funding for Student Leadership Days provided by the JCCC Foundation.




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