Press Release for Monday, May 1, 2017
OneJax Metrotown Institute Hosts Teen Diversity Leadership Program
Media Contact: Amanda Dawson, Specialist
Department of Public Relations
The OneJax Institute at
the University of North Florida is now accepting applications from teens
entering grades 10 through 12 to participate in its Metrotown Institute, a
four-day program that promotes respect and understanding across the differences
of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status
and ability. The Institute will take place 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 12, to
Wednesday, June 14, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Riverside
Presbyterian Church, 849 Park St.
“Metrotown is truly a
transformative experience for students who complete the program—it opens their
eyes and changes the way they see the world,” said Nancy Broner, OneJax
executive director. “The teens deal directly with prejudice and discrimination
and while they’re learning about people who are different, they’re learning a
lot about themselves.”
The Metrotown Institute
brings together high school students to explore living successfully in an
increasingly diverse and interdependent world. Participants will share ideas
and feelings, discover their own unique talents, and experience a variety of
perspectives on diversity issues, multicultural communications, religious
traditions, gender roles and self-esteem, while earning 35 community service
hours for their involvement. There will be small group discussions and
workshops, creative and artistic activities, outdoor experiences and personal
Students must be
referred to the program or endorsed by a sponsor, such as a parent, teacher,
counselor, clergy or community leader. Anyone interested in referring a student
should contact OneJax at (904) 620-1529. Students will be required to complete
an application to be considered.
information can be obtained at
The program is designed
for 50 students, who will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The registration fee is $150, which includes daily lunch and snacks as well as
dinner on the final night. Sponsors are encouraged to help students raise money
to cover the registration fee, although no one will be prevented from
participating due to an inability to pay.
Metrotown is supported by
the United Way of Northeast Florida and UNF. As an interfaith organization, the
OneJax Institute at UNF educates, advocates and builds community to promote
respect and understanding that will overcome bias, bigotry and oppression.
university located on
an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through
a well-rounded education.