The Jeter's Leaders Leadership Conference is composed of workshops that the Jeter's Leaders create based on topics they feel are affecting teens today. Bi-annually, the leaders from New York and Kalamazoo host the conference for other youth leadership programs throughout the United States to inspire social change.
Youth leadership programs from across the country joined forces with Derek Jeter and his Turn 2 Foundation's Jeter's Leaders to ignite positive social change during the 2019 Jeter's Leaders Leadership Conference presented by Goldman Sachs. Organized and hosted by the Jeter's Leaders, the conference featured powerful workshops that addressed critical issues to young people, an impactful community service project and a panel discussion empowering youth to rise above negative influences and serve as leaders in their communities.
"This is an amazing week that provides young people with an opportunity to tackle major challenges, give back, grow as leaders and learn how to create positive social change in their communities going forward," said Derek Jeter. "I'm blown away by our Jeter's Leaders and their passion, determination and dedication to making a positive difference. I'm so proud of their work together as a team to make this conference such a tremendous success."
The Jeter's Leaders Leadership Conference kicked off with a welcome ceremony on Monday, Aug. 5 at The Notary Hotel in Philadelphia. The following day, the Jeter's Leaders presented and led various workshops focused on topics they identified most critical to young people today, including drug and alcohol awareness, mental health, social media, sexism, racism, homelessness and more.
During day three of the conference, Derek Jeter and Turn 2 president Sharlee Jeter teamed up with the students for a community service project in partnership with Goldman Sachs Community TeamWorks. As part of The Pack Shack's Feed the Funnel Party, the group worked together to package more than 75,000 meals that were donated to Philabundance, a local food bank.
The conference's participants also expressed their passion for social change through designing custom jean jackets with artwork that signified their mission. The 525 jackets, which were supplied by Levi's® and Haddad Brands, were donated to William McKinley Elementary School's backpack program as well as students participating in the conference.
"We are proud and honored to celebrate over a decade of partnership with the Jeter's Leaders program. We have benefitted from this relationship that brings forth talented, dedicated and inspired youth who, in some cases, have come to work with us at Goldman Sachs," said Tucker York, global head, Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs.
The four-day social change event culminated on Thursday, Aug. 8 at the Ritz-Carlton with the 'Re2pect Our Voice' Youth Summit, which featured a powerful discussion with comedian, writer and producer Jordan Klepper, acclaimed rapper Rapsody and Derek Jeter. Moderated by Fox 5 NY reporter Lisa Evers, the panelists delved into their experiences and shared obstacles they overcame, how they're igniting positive social change and their advice for young people.
"The Jeter's Leaders Leadership Conference is an outstanding event that provides young leaders with a platform to identify and address solutions to real, critical challenges," said Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation. "It's so important for young people to step up and work together to inspire positive change in their communities and beyond, and we are so proud of their accomplishments this week. We are also grateful to Goldman Sachs for partnering with us to present such a fantastic program, and to Levi's® and Haddad Brands for supporting our efforts."
Turn 2's signature initiative, Jeter's Leaders is an intensive four-year program for high school students who serve as ambassadors for Derek Jeter in their communities. Established by Jeter in 1996, the Foundation motivates youth to rise above negative influences, lead healthy lifestyles and serve as agents of positive social change. For the past 14 consecutive years, 100 percent of Jeter's Leaders have gone on to attend college after high school.