The overarching goal of the Martin Luther King Youth Empowerment Conference is to inspire and empower high school students to become effective advocates and allies for peaceful social change on issues of violence, prejudice and discrimination. This program includes three phases: a four day summer residential conference, a conflict resolution training weekend during the fall and a final training weekend during the next spring.
Students selected for the conference are called Ambassadors, to denote that the students will be representing their schools and communities as leaders. The MLK Conference staff will work with the Ambassadors to identify the skills necessary to effect change in the world and the state of New Jersey. If you are a student who is involved in Peer Leadership, E.R.A.S.E, SGA, Diversity Club, or any organization that involves changing the lives of others, this experience is for you.
The MLK Conference is open to any student who at the time of applying is in their Sophomore or Junior year in high school. The admissions committee seeks to admit students who value the concepts of leadership development and social justice. The 2014 Ambassador class will be carefully selected to ensure that the conference participants reflect the mission and purpose of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Ceceilyn Miller Institute for Leadership and Diversity in America.