On March 30, 2012, Leila Dastgheib-Beheshti and Michelle Mason proudly represented Bethpage High School at a United Nations Conference focusing on Methodology in a Multicultural World involving educators, professors, students, representatives from NGOs from the Northeast and videoconferencing with educators from British Columbia, Canada, Mexico City, Mexico and Manila, Philippines. Co-sponsored and organized by the NGO Global Education Motivators from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia and Adelphi University, the conference on Teaching for Peace and Human Rights brought global ideas and discussions to light in simultaneous videoconferencing.

Leila and Michelle met other high school and college students, professors, and teachers. They listened attentively to discussions and participated by offering practical details about programs that can help change perspectives and improve international relationships. These actions are in an effort to bring people closer together and solve problems with concrete projects that offer potential solutions. The participation in active listening, reflection and action is exactly what the BHS students have begun with their continuing participation in the Global Days of Listening, the program they presented at the United Nations as a concrete way to connect with youth globally.

Making a difference globally always begins with one small and persistent step after another. Congratulations to Leila and Michelle for an excellent presentation and outstanding example of the leadership that we as a community of active citizens - parents, educators, administrators and students - seek to build.

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