Jeter’s Leaders Conference Creates Lasting Bonds Among Teens

Saturday, August 17th, 2013
Leading the Way to the Jeter's Leaders Conference

Leading the Way to the Jeter’s Leaders Leadership Conference

From August 4 through 7, 2013, Phoenix House had an outstanding opportunity to partner with the Turn 2 Foundation, established by New York Yankees great Derek Jeter, by helping facilitate the 2013 Jeter’s Leaders Leadership Conference. This conference, which aims to foster leadership potential in high school students, is held at a different location every year, and this year it was convened at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Teens from all over the country came to participate in the activities, including eight different workshops. During the day, adolescents attended workshops taught by Jeter’s Leaders, fellow teens in the program, on various important topics such as bullying, depression, self-image, and healthy living. Although the conference is designed to be “for teens, by teens,” each workshop had an adult facilitator to help guide the presentations. At night the young participants stayed in the university dormitories.

One teen, who stated that she had been in the program for the past four years, was offered the chance to lead a workshop for the second year in a row. She described the preparation process as hard work but explained that it always pays off at the end. “People express what they feel, find others that relate to their experiences, and form lasting bonds,” she stated.

The Turn 2 Foundation, whose mission is to help teens turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles, has maintained a close and supportive relationship with Phoenix House Florida for a number of years. In 2007, The Derek Jeter Center at Phoenix House, named in recognition of a generous grant from the Foundation, was opened in Tampa.  The Derek Jeter Center helps teens and adults overcome addiction by teaching them the coping skills necessary to confront their substance use, mend family relationships, and regain control over their lives.  Phoenix House Brandon Center offers similar outpatient care to adolescents and adults, while Phoenix House Citra Center, located in the hills of Marion County, provides comprehensive, gender-specific residential treatment to adult men and women, including those with co-occurring mental health issues.  Our goal through all theses programs is offer the highest quality of rehab care, delivered with professionalism and respect.

If someone you love is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, please contact us at 1 888 671 9392. We’re always here to help, day or night.

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