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Turn 2 Foundation

100+ students from Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation bring social change to schools in New Orleans' Ninth Ward

Jeter's Leaders work together to transform local school as part of service project in partnership with Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks

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NEW ORLEANS -- More than 100 high school students from the Turn 2 Foundation's signature Jeter's Leaders program traveled to New Orleans to help make a difference in the community as part of their 2017 Social Change Project.

The week-long initiative culminated with a service project at Einstein Charter School -- in partnership with Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks -- where the Leaders spent the day painting offices, classrooms and the school's theater, and also built trophy cases. These improvements will be enjoyed by 600 high school and middle school students ranging from sixth through 10th grade. The Turn 2 Foundation also presented a $10,000 donation to Einstein Charter School.

"The importance of creating positive social change is something we work hard to instill in the young people in our programs," said Derek Jeter, founder of the Turn 2 Foundation. "Through their Social Change Project, our Jeter's Leaders have an opportunity to give back and make a real positive impact that hopefully inspires and empowers their peers to do the same. These students have done an incredible job this week, and I am so proud of their commitment to making a difference."

This year's Social Change Project kicked off on Monday, July 31. Throughout the week, the Jeter's Leaders had the special opportunity to explore the rich culture of New Orleans and also participate in various activities, from crafting festive masquerade masks, to participating in cooking classes and more. The students also discussed topics to present at the 2018 Jeter's Leaders Leadership Conference -- a national conference that brings together youth leaders from across the country for discussions about social change.

On Aug. 3, the Leaders capped off the week with college tours to Tulane University, Dillard University and Xavier University, where they explored the campuses and experienced college life.

"It is crucial for young people to understand the social issues affecting our society, and how they can do their part to make the world a better place," said Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation. "The Social Change Project not only educates our Jeter's Leaders on the importance of giving back, but also allows these students to gain a hands-on experience working together to have a positive impact across the country. I am so proud of our Leaders this week, and their commitment, enthusiasm and passion for serving as agents of social change."

Turn 2 coordinated this year's community service project with HandsOn, an organization committed to engaging, empowering and transforming New Orleans communities through volunteer services. The Foundation first worked with HandsOn at its 2010 Social Change Project in New Orleans. The service project also partnered with Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks, the firm's volunteer program through which the people of Goldman Sachs contribute their ideas and expertise to drive tangible progress in communities where they work and live.

"This is our second time hosting the Turn 2 Foundation, and HandsOn is excited to strengthen our partnership," said Chris Cameron, HandsOn New Orleans executive director. "With over 100 volunteers in one day, our combined efforts will result in a dramatic school transformation that promotes a positive learning environment for our future leaders. We are grateful to be a part of such a meaningful movement that promotes academic excellence and healthy lifestyle choices."

"We value our partnership with HandsOn New Orleans, as well as the great work of the Turn 2 Foundation," said Shawn Toranto, chief executive officer of Einstein Charter Schools. "Einstein and HandsOn understand how the conditions and aesthetics of the school facility play a role in the productivity of our students, and we are grateful for all of the work the Turn 2 Foundation is doing."

The Jeter's Leaders Social Change Project brings members of the Jeter's Leaders program to cities across the country where they work to make a positive impact on the communities they visit. Jeter's Leaders is a four-year program that fosters academic achievement, positive behavior, healthy lifestyles, leadership development and social change among high school students in New York and West Michigan who serve as ambassadors for Derek in their communities.

Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $23 million to create and support signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles. Learn more »

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