For 5th – 6th Grade


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, March 4, 2020
9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Thursday, March 5, 2020
9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Join us for an inspiring day as students work together to build leadership skills and encourage community-building, critical thinking, and social justice.

We invite you to nominate up to eight of your students (5th-6th grade) to attend this powerful day.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Featured Keynote Speaker:
Safwat Saleem

Safwat Saleem is a visual artist and graphic designer. Having experienced his childhood in the UAE as an immigrant from Pakistan, and then, as an adult, experiencing a two-decade-long naturalization process to become an American citizen, his work focuses on the idea of belonging. Safwat’s art attempts to simultaneously understand and question what it means to be a part of a community and the responsibility we have toward those who feel they don’t belong.

Safwat’s artwork combines several media like print, collage, audio, video and interactive installations to create storytelling experiences. Humor is a key ingredient in his work and acts as a crucial starting point for thought-provoking discussions about underlying social issues.

In a past life, he was also the founder of Bandbaja, a Pakistani music magazine that promoted the use of modern popular music as a socio-political tool. He has a penchant for doing voiceovers in his videos for all kinds of silly characters like a bear, sheep, greeting card and a whale to name a few. Safwat is a TED Senior Fellow and likes pizza (like, a lot).



For more information, or to nominate up to eight of your 5th or 6th grade students, submit your letter via email to from your school email address. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

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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