Two students from Baker College Prep, a campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, Cristian Meza and Jehu Lacombe had the opportunity to travel to New York City and participate in Facebook’s Global Safety and Well-Being Summit. These students were on the winning team for the ‘My Community, My Voice’ public service announcement (PSA) competition in partnership with former Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, Facebook, and Noble Network of Charter Schools. 

As members of the winning team, Cristian and Jehu were selected to discuss their experience in the PSA competition and why they selected their topic of internet bullying to over 100 people from across 40 countries in the Pecha Kucha format at the summit. This format allows the presenter to tell a story in 20 slides while discussing each slide for 20 seconds. Although the students were nervous they did an excellent job with their presentation and even received praise from the audience. 

“Facebook invited me and Jehu to do a presentation about our project, and I learned that we all had a different story and different projects,” explained Baker College Prep student Cristian Meza. “The people we met at this event had interesting stories of how they started their projects and how they faced a lot of negativity before starting the positive things.”

This year’s summit marks Facebook’s third year providing a platform to discuss topics such as online safety, suicide prevention, and raising children in the digital era and protecting the most vulnerable people online.

“The Facebook Global Safety Summit is a worldwide event with the goal of bringing peace to the world by discouraging violence. This event taught me that you don’t need to be an adult to stand up for what is right because a small example can make a big difference,” explained Baker student Jehu Lacombe. “The most interesting thing about the event is that I had the chance to visit New York City, and how people were proud and moved by our speech at the summit,” said Lacombe. 

To view the full presentation from our Baker College Prep scholars you can visit the Facebook Global Safety page here 

Check out some of the photos of the Baker students at the Facebook Global Safety Summit below:

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