Social Justice Leadership Academy Founded at WHS
The Social Justice Leadership Academy is a series of events that focus on promoting diversity and acceptance around Ohio.
Wooster became involved in this program through the Straight A grant and is sending 10 students to the four academy meetings throughout the year. The meeting was attended by schools from Wayne County and Stark County.
The first meeting was held Sept. 8 at Wayne College in Orrville.
Amanda Terakedis, Administrative Intern, explained that she hopes for Rachel’s Challenge, the Social Justice Leadership Academy and the Wooster Way to come together and create a better environment at WHS.
Terakedis is new to her role of Social Justice Ambassador Coordinator.
One of Wooster’s participants, Chloe Boucher (11) said the goal of the program is to end discrimination and promote equality.
Emily Kemmerer (11) also represents Wooster. Kemmerer said that each meeting has a different message and speaker.
The 10 students chosen include sophomores and juniors only, so they will be able to see the program reach its goals over time. The participants will be tasked with a project they must work on around the meeting sessions, and on the final evening, they will present to the other schools the results of what they have done.
Ashland, Orrville, Waynedale, Rittman, Triway and Dalton were just a few of the many schools represented at the first meeting.