The Robert H. Jackson Center recently hosted a Youth Leadership Summit for over 40 area middle school students. The Summit was the culminating event of Washington Middle School , Daiman Parinella’s, 2014 Teacher Fellowship project with the Center.
A 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher at Washington Middle School, Mr. Parinella’s project focused on students learning about the life of Robert H. Jackson in the classroom while also participating in activities that worked on building their skills in public speaking, critical writing and community service. Joining Mr. Parinella’s class were students from Springville-Griffith Institute of Springville, NY with their teacher Drew Beiter, who also serves as one of the Center’s Youth Education Directors.
The Youth Leadership Summit featured a day of activities at the Center with history lessons on the life of Justice Jackson, from his rise as a local attorney in Jamestown, NY to Solicitor General, United States Attorney General, United States Supreme Court Justice and Chief US Prosecutor for the Nuremberg Trial. Students received a tour of the Center’s exhibits, participated in a play reenacting the Nuremberg Trial, and had a special visit from “Justice Jackson” portrayed by local resident Bob Terreberry.
Ending the day, several community leaders from various professional fields visited with students in small groups to share information and answer questions about their careers. Those leaders included, Nina Karbacka, retired Educator, Rolly Kidder, former Executive Director of the Jackson Center and New York Assemblyman, Peter Johnson, local attorney, Anthony Peppy, local dentist and Harry Snellings, Jamestown Chief of Police. The 2015 Youth Leadership Summit was made possible through the generous support of Jackson Center Board of Director, Joseph Zanetta and the law offices of Fessenden, Laumer & DeAngelo.
As part of the Center’s Youth Education Initiative the annual Teacher Fellowship program and student outreach activities like the Youth Leadership Summit keep the Center’s mission alive by promoting the continued relevance of Justice Jackson’s life’s work. The Center is currently taking applications for the 2015 Teacher Fellowship to be held July 20th – 23rd; the application along with more information on the requirements for the program can be found online at www.roberthjackson.org or by calling 716.483.6646.