District 88 students participate in ‘Amplify’ Student Leadership Conference

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On March 2, about 400 students from District 88, Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Glenbard Township High School District 87 and Lyons Township High School District 204 participated in a Student Leadership Conference. The event, called “Amplify,” took place at College of DuPage.

The conference consisted of 13 sessions that focused on amplifying student voice, mental health awareness, celebrating diversity and identity, social justice, building community, the importance/benefits of performing arts (and how they can assist with equity, activism and mental health) and more. The opening keynote speaker was Christopher LeMark with Coffee, Hip-Hop & Mental Health (CHHAMH 6453 NFP), a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) charitable organization that aims to bring awareness to the importance of mental health, emotional intelligence and self-awareness to one’s quality of life, particularly in the black community. The closing presenters were Luis Tubens and Tarnynon Onumonu with Chicago Poetry Center. 

The goal of “Amplify” was to provide students with an environment to build the skill, will and knowledge to intentionally make a positive impact within their peer groups and larger communities.