SHARLENE GREEN is a graduating senior at Susan E. Wagner High School in Staten Island, New York, where she is a member of an elite program, The Scholars Academy. She also is in her fourth year of the respected Institute for International Leadership Nonviolence and Service, in which students are expected to maintain a high average grades and a high standard of excellence and community service. She has consistently maintained an A+ average in the school's Conflict Resolution Program, which promotes nonviolence and peace. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) selected Sharlene from 1,000 candidates to participate in its World of Difference Institute internship program. In November 2007, she participated in the ADL Grosfeld Family National Youth Leadership Misssion to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She has served as Mistress of Ceremonies at the United Nations Season for Nonviolence Ceremony. Sharlene also served as teen President of the American Civil Rights Educational Services (ACRES) club. She was elected by her peers to serve as the President of the ACRES Civil Rights organization to travel to the South to meet with prominent civil rights leaders past and present. Sharlene has also participated in school activities including the poetry club, marching band, African Culture Club, Scholars Fair, Christian Club and the NAACP. She currently serves as the senior Peer Mediation Specialist, handing the most serious and sensitive issues concerning her peers. Sharlene assisted in leading a workshop, "The Space Between," Building Bridges Between Our Cultures, where she appeared in the role of an empowered African-American teen who shows how people can solve problems through nonviolent techniques. This workshop focused on the idea that there is an invisible bridge that divides, separates and oppresses people, unconsciously forcing humanity to believe that peaceful co-existence is impossible and that faith is not hope but instead the denial of reality. Sharlene believes otherwise. She believes that hope defines tomorrow. That ignorance destroys and tolerance creates. And that the best way to lead is by example.
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