Two students honored at 2013 Youth Leadership Luncheon.
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS -- The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio and Charter One Bank honored one middle school student and one high school student at the 2013 Youth Leadership Luncheon on Friday at John Carroll University.
The luncheon, sponsored by Charter One Bank, hosted 200 middle and high school students and their educators from thirty different schools and youth-serving organizations.
The annual Youth Leadership Luncheon honors students who have a passion for creating diverse and inclusive environments in their schools and communities and honors Dr. Martin Luther King's continued legacy.
"Charter One began a partnership with The Diversity Center eight years ago to honor Dr. Martin Luther King and recognize the contributions of young people," said Ken Marblestone, President of Charter One, Ohio.
"Each year, I am impressed by the students' commitment to service in their schools and communities. It gives me great hope for the future when I spend time with such remarkable young men and women."
Educators nominate students that exemplify leadership in the area of diversity. One middle school student and one high school student are then chosen by The Diversity Center Selection Committee and are honored with an award at the luncheon and each receives a gift card from Charter One.
This year's featured presentation was provided by the Karamu House Theatre Outreach Performance Series which has enhanced the creative lives of thousands of young people.
In keeping with the mission of Karamu House, the TOPS programs seek to preserve and celebrate the rich culture and history of African Americans while encouraging tolerance and multiculturalism in a rapidly changing society.