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OneJax’s Metrotown Institute teen diversity leadership program begins this week

Metrotown participants on swingsThe Sandy Miller Metrotown Institute for high school students, hosted by OneJax, promotes respect and understanding across the differences of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status and ability. The three-day workshop takes place Friday, July 22, through Sunday, July 24, at UNF.

For over 30 years, Metrotown has brought together teens entering grades 9 through 12 to explore living successfully in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world. Participants earn 35 community service hours for their involvement while sharing ideas and feelings, discovering their own unique talents and experiencing a variety of perspectives on diversity issues, multicultural communications, religious traditions, gender roles and self-esteem. The program includes small group discussions and workshops, creative and artistic activities, outdoor experiences and personal reflection.

Metrotown is supported by United Way of Northeast Florida, Florida Blue Foundation, Delores Barr Weaver Fund, David and Monique Miller and UNF. As an interfaith organization, the OneJax Institute at UNF is dedicated to achieving civility, understanding and respect for all through education, dialogue and community-building.