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Antibullying group NVEEE to host youth leadership summit July16-26 at FIU

The Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit has been hosted and sponsored by The Honors College at Florida International University (FIU) since its inception in 2014.
The Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit has been hosted and sponsored by The Honors College at Florida International University (FIU) since its inception in 2014. Provided to the Miami Herald

NVEEE, a national antibullying and suicide prevention group based in South Florida, is hosting its third youth Peace Ambassador Leadership (PALS) Summit from July 16-26 at Florida International University’s Honors College.

“PALS is a safe space that bridges the gap between classroom learning and obtaining life skills, and has provided teens from across the country with a unique personal growth experience,” according to a news release from NVEEE, the National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment. “Students emerge as leaders during this pivotal point in their lives by participating in compelling workshops that focus on leadership and personal development, entrepreneurship, team building, peer mediation, bullying prevention, and college-preparedness.”

PALS leaders recently participated in a “#LettersToOrlando” handwritten campaign to show support for the 49 victims at the June 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando.

The summit is open to students ages 14 to 18.

FIU’s Honors College is located at the university’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW Eighth St., DM 233.

Here’s the complete news release:

National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE), a national bullying and suicide prevention nonprofit organization that has positively impacted the lives of over 25,000 students, educators and parents, will host its third annual Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit (PALS) in Miami, FL from July 16-26, 2016. Students from across the United States will be participating in the 10-day program.

PALS is a safe space that bridges the gap between classroom learning and obtaining life skills, and has provided teens from across the country with a unique personal growth experience. Students emerge as leaders during this pivotal point in their lives by participating in compelling workshops that focus on leadership and personal development, entrepreneurship, team building, peer mediation, bullying prevention, and college-preparedness.

The Summit has been hosted and sponsored by The Honors College at Florida International University (FIU) since its inception in 2014. “We value and enjoy our partnership with NVEEE, and the impact they have had on the teens that have participated in PALS. We look forward to continuing our support on all fronts including bullying and suicide prevention, crisis intervention and mentoring” states Isabel Green, Head of Marketing and Career Services at FIU Honors College.

Students who graduate from the PALS understand that they can make a difference in the lives of others at home and abroad. They also leave inspired and empowered to go back to their schools and local communities and put what they’ve learned into action, by being upstanders instead of bystanders, at which point the mission of PALS has been met and their journey in life takes new meaning.

A recent instance in which past PALS participants have applied the leadership skills garnered through the program, is with their response to last month’s Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Brianna, a PALS Jr. Staff Leader initiated what is now a worldwide handwritten letter campaign #LettersToOrlando, encouraging communities across the globe to send handwritten letters, postcards, drawings, poems, etc. to show support and solidarity for the families and loved ones of those affected by the shootings. Over 1,850 letters have been collected so far.

“The main reason I started #LettersToOrlando with NVEEE’s Youth Advisory Council is so that young people with limited resources could stand in solidarity and show support. “ States Brianna, “ Within 48 hours of launching the campaign, I saw it being shared thousand of times and that even adults, organizations and businesses had joined in.”

About PALS

PALS is a 10 day leadership program developed by NVEEE, in partnership with The Honors College at Florida International University (FIU). PALS has been supported by previous grants provided by The Miami Foundation, Be a STAR initiative founded by WWE and The Creative Coalition, FIU’s Center for Leadership and Service, Kaufman, Rossin & Co., and Wells Fargo. To date it has serviced 250 students across the country with a primary focus on South Florida. PALS 2016 is made possible by a grant provided by the John Ben Snow Foundation and fundraising events organized by NVEEE’s Young Professionals Committee.

About NVEEE

NVEEE is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in October 2009 with a mission to prevent bullying, violence and suicide among youth, families and communities through direct service, mentoring and prevention education. To date, NVEEE has positively impacted nearly 25,000 teachers, students, parents, and community leaders through its Mentoring Program, Peace Ambassador Leadership Program, and its signature “Be Upstanding” Schoolwide Bullying Prevention Program. Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, with offices in Miami, NVEEE directly impacts the South Florida community, and their work is expanding to communities in California, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.

www.nveee.org

To register

To register a student between the ages of 14-18 visit www.StudentPeaceLeaders.org. Other opportunities to sponsor a student for PALS include joining us on Saturday, July 16, from 11-3 for a Strike Out Bullying bowling event at Sawgrass Lanes. Each lane sold sponsors one youth. Register your team or join one of ours at www.crowdrise.com/StrikeOutBullying. You may also email info@NVEEE.org or call 954.866.5880 for help registering or sponsorship opportunities. Online donations are also accepted at www.NVEEE.org/donate.

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