2.4.17 | Melanie Anzidei
PARAMUS — More than 60 students from several Bergen County high schools came together Friday for a full-day Youth Summit that taught them about gender violence and reinforced ways to prevent it in their communities.
The summit, organized by the Teen Leadership Council, a youth program under the Bergen Family Center, was held at Bergen Community College in Paramus.
According to student organizers, this year’s summit was much more intimate than those in past years, and for the first time zeroed in on just one social injustice – gender violence.
Noa Slotky, 17, a senior at Northern Valley High School in Demarest and a Closter resident, said she has been on the council for about five years and is one of its co-founders. With this being her final year, she said she would like to see the group’s work carry forward.
“It’s important to educate people and to make a difference,” she said. “Even if only one person leaves here affected by this, that’s good enough.”