Students in Action Learning Leadership

November 12, 2015

For its first Students in Action Leadership conference, the Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) partnered with the College to bring more than 100 local students, grades 7-12, along with their advisors, to campus for a day devoted to enhancing their life, leadership and technical skills.

The high school students engaged with students from Professor Ed Jacoubs first-year experience class. Together, they explored community service goals, options and outcomes and they did so in conversation with representatives of local nonprofits such as Cradles to Crayons, Best Buddies, Cellphones for Soldiers and The Farm at Stonehill.

The Regional Director for JAF’s Students in Action is alumna Sarah Varadian-Vartanian ’10 and, reflecting on the conference, she notes, “Like Stonehill, Students in Action trains and motivates young people to take action and to be leaders in their schools, communities, workplaces and the world. Our missions complement each other, which is why our first annual conference got us off to such a great start.”

L-R (back row), Marc Bronelle '19, Christopher Graham '19, Edward G. Jacoubs '80, Laura Buffet-Jackson '19, Delaney Ryan '19 Stonehill, Katherine Anderson '19, Nyla Brenster (junior at Fontbonne Academy), Curtis O'Donnell (junior at Cardinal Spellman).

L-R (front row), Tori Kenyou '16, Sarah Varadian-Vartanian ('10 Stonehill Alum and Regional Director of Jefferson Awards Foundation, Thania Martinez (7th grade Our Sisters' School), Desirée Chin (junior at Fontbonne Academy)

The Jefferson Awards Foundation’s Eastern Massachusetts Region was newly established this year, thanks to generous support from National Grid and their focus on community engagement in Brockton, MA and surrounding areas. To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation and Students in Action, visit