Teen President's Message

Samara Jenkins

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We are unique, fearless, tenacious
and bound for greatness!
We are the Teens of the Nassau County Chapter
of Jack & Jill!

We are the movement they fear. In spite of a global pandemic, and civil unrest, and the country divided during an election year, we still RISE. No challenge can hinder us from being our best selves, with the guidance of each other. The world around us is shaping us into young game changers who use their voice to demand change. Normally, we start off the year with our annual overnight teen retreat, but this year we did things differently. Instead of having an overnight we held a 2-day event, which on the first day we had a virtual meeting which talked about how at our ages we are beginning to be young adults in our society. Such as, the importance of our vote, and how our voices cause change, with a special guest speaker who works in our county. The 2nd day we had the opportunity to see each other in person for our socially distanced teen bonding activity. Which was held at Adventure Park of Long Island, a park filled with the combination of nature and ropes courses.  Despite the fact that we are unable to have our meetings in person we’ve taken advantage of our technological resources to continue on our journey to build game changers. Through the use of our group chats we’ve connected on how we can make social reform in our communities. With the spark of protests in our own backyard we’ve taken on the mantle by standing on the frontlines and speaking up for what is right.

In the midst of this global pandemic, these chapter traditions include the Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach, in Wantagh, NY, volunteering at the NYC Marathon, and our annual Fro-yo Ice Cream Social Fundraiser all will still be supported by our chapter, but in a virtual way. Fun events such as our trip to Six Flags Fright Fest will be different this year, and instead we will be attending Bayville Scream Park. Our teen retreat got us off to a great start for the year. As we have done before, representing our chapter in the Oratorical Contest at the Eastern Region Mother’s Cluster, the COPA teen party tradition, and the Nassau County Chapters’ Annual Teen Leadership Summit at Adelphi University, will likely  be held on  a virtual or hybrid platform. Our Chapter has a long standing legacy of nurturing future African American leaders, supporting our community, and initiating greatness. We stand fearlessly on the foundation of greatness, bringing home awards at the Regional Oratorical Competition, and   earning awards at the Eastern Region Teen Conference for our uniqueness. And we will continue to hold true to those traditions to lead the way for those fearless, tenacious, and unique leaders bound for greatness coming behind us.

 

I am honored to serve as your Teen President. Be assured that I will represent our chapter fully and proudly. It’s going to be a great year! We are the movement and we are fearless!

 

Samara Jenkins

Teen President 2020-2021