My name is Jecori Owens-Shuler and I am a Senior at Chapel Hill High School. I've known about the club since freshman year, but I distinctly remember walking past the room early on during my sophomore year and seeing pizza. Of course I wanted to see what was happening in the room and I also saw a friend indulging in the pizza that I was attracted to. I walked up to Ariel Kantor and asked about the club. He gave me a brief explanation of what the club does, and I signed up right then and there, because who can resist pizza?. After returning to the club the following week for the normal meetings, I didn’t see any pizza, but I walked in anyway to learn what I had gotten myself into. I was shy at first and didn’t know anyone else in the club except my friend, who had not shown up to that meeting. I quietly listened around the table after introducing myself to understand the next event that we were planning. After a few minutes I was completely informed of the great things that this club could do, and my mind instantly began brainstorming different events that we could host. I felt empowered; that was extremely invigorating, feeling that sensation as a sophomore in high school. Ever since the first formal meeting that I attended, I have been very involved and happy to be in the club. My friend, Ariel Kantor, is now the Vice President of the national SAVE club, and a member of the national youth advisory board; I tried to run for the president of the Chapel Hill High branch to later realize that it is better to have everyone feel as if they are the president of the club. This club has made me a better person, a better role model, and has increased my communication/presentation skills. I love this club, and although I am the president of another club, and hold several high officer positions of other clubs throughout the week, I dedicate my devotion and time to this organziation, because of the change and impact it has on our community.
I was on the Youth Advisory Board for SAVE from 2003 until 2006 and it was such a great experience! While having the opportunity to practice public speaking and how to become a more effective leader I had the chance to educate others on the dangers of bullying and harmful relationships. I truly believe in SAVE's vision and mission and it was great to be surrounded by others who felt the same way. By coming together with the same goal, great accomplishments can be made and SAVE is providing the common source to further the movement for safer schools. SAVE is a great organization to volunteer with and since 2006 I have volunteered with SAVE on several occasions and it is always a worthwhile experience. Being part of SAVE has helped me become who I am today and I very thankful I had the opportunity to be part of the Youth Advisory Board.