S.U.R.E. Summit Held to Teach Students about Respect, Diversity

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Respect and diversity were the two big topics of conversation as high school students from all across Camden County came together for positive discussions.

On Friday, March 9th, students converged to participate in the S.U.R.E. Summit at Camden County College.

“In today’s world, it’s important to be accepting of everyone — every race, color, gender, religion,” said Huntyr Lacey, a student at Haddon Heights High School. "And I feel like, it's really informative, so you can be more accepting and not tolerant.”

More than 350 students attended about a dozen workshops with keynote speakers and open conversations.

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The discussions focused in on what they’re all united on; respect and diversity.

But the goal of the event?

“We want to really empower young people to take a stand. We have some beautiful workshops dealing with civic engagement, diversity [and] really getting involved with the community," said Angel Fuentes, one of the event organizers. "But more so, appreciating the inner-city schools as well as the suburb schools to come together and say we are one.”

High school students from across the region mingled together to talk about the world around them.

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Many of the students were on the same page of figuring out ways to make a positive impact.

“[We're talking] about respecting each other,” said Kaylah Walker, a student at Camden County Technical School. “Because everyone is going through a different walk of life and I feel like it’s good we’re all coming together at one event to talk about that.”

Different schools, different upbringings and different struggles, but the same hopeful outcome for all.

“The beauty [of the summit is] for them to understand the more educated they are, the more successful they’ll be,” said Fuentes. 

Fuentes also says the S.U.R.E. Summit is a way to encourage students to think about what their next step will be, while the organizers focus on encouraging positive youth development and an easier transition into adulthood.

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