Members of the Carle Place Middle/High School Student Organization (SO) facilitated the first annual Student Organization Leadership Symposium on November 3rd. Under the leadership of SO advisor Ms. Jillian Kelly, more than 100 SO student-leaders and advisors from ten different Long Island high schools united at Carle Place Middle/High School for the symposium that focused on fostering collaboration and networking among students.
During the event, the student leaders heard from keynote speaker Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado, chief executive of Coastal Advisors, an insurance adviser to more than 500 of the most prominent names in the world of sports, business, media and the entertainment industry. He emphasized the importance of making connections and building relationships to achieve positive change, work that is at the core of the SO experience.
Students were also divided into groups based on their roles in student government. Each group was assigned the task of collaborating on different initiatives aimed at improving their schools and communities. Some of the initiatives included using social media effectively, organizing a community service project and developing a plan to enhance school climate.
Recognizing the power of collective action, the student leaders envisioned a centralized fundraising effort that would channel the resources and expertise of multiple schools towards a single, impactful goal. Currently, each school district independently directs its fundraising proceeds to causes that align with its unique priorities. While this approach has yielded positive outcomes, the students believed that consolidating these efforts could create a far greater impact.
Together they discussed a unified fundraising campaign that would enable Long Island schools to tackle a single, overarching issue that would resonate with the entire community. By pooling together their resources and expertise, they could make a significant and lasting difference in addressing a critical issue affecting their region.
The students’ proposal highlighted the untapped potential of collaboration among Long Island’s schools. By leveraging their collective strengths and networks, they can achieve a level of impact that would be difficult to achieve individually.
Those who attended the symposium expressed their satisfaction with the event’s outcome.
“Watching the students come together, share ideas and present as a group was so beautiful,” said Ms. Ivana Pezza, Carle Place High School teacher and junior class advisor. “I have literally never seen anything like it! Schools are always competing against each other and this was such a collaborative and exciting way to connect with other districts. We hope that this event will be the first of many.”
The symposium’s success highlights the importance of creating opportunities for student leaders to come together, share ideas and work together to address challenges and improve their communities. By fostering collaboration and networking among student leaders, we can empower them to make a positive difference in the world.