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Jeter's Leaders Mission

The Jeter's Leaders is a youth leadership, social change program named by the captain of the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter, and funded by his Turn 2 Foundation. The program is designed to promote healthy lifestyles, academic achievement, and social change activism among high school students.

Throughout the year, members of the Jeter's Leaders are involved in projects that offer opportunities for them to learn more about themselves and their community. The Leaders are expected to model positive behavior and deliver a message to their peers focusing on staying in school, remaining drug and alcohol free and giving back to the community.


Jeter's Leaders is a leadership development program created to empower, recognize and enhance the skills of high school students who:

  • Promote healthy lifestyles, free of alcohol and substance abuse;
  • Achieve academically;
  • Are committed to improving their community through social change activities;
  • Serve as role models to younger students and to deliver positive messages to their peers.


The Jeter's Leaders program includes a commitment to leadership development. In doing so, we will be focusing on essential human qualities of leadership/character development, which are called the "10 Pillars of Leadership."

10 Pillars of Leadership:
Morality Communication
Taking Initiative Being Trustworthy
Being Respectful Being Responsible
Being Organized Leading by Example
Having a Positive Attitude Living a Healthy Lifestyle

To facilitate learning in the pillar areas, a variety of strategies are used to enhance each Leader's development. By integrating techniques into the current structure and modeling specific behaviors, the goal is to help the Jeter's Leaders to infuse leadership development and qualities into their daily lives.


Through the 10 Pillars of Leadership, five major goals have been developed:

Goal 1: To promote living healthy lifestyles.

Goal 2: To provide students with the ability to serve their community.

Goal 3: To offer students the opportunity to mentor and act as role models to others.

Goal 4: To support student's efforts to achieve academically.

Goal 5: To expose students to experiences that further their professional development.

Since its launch in 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has awarded more than $23 million to create and support signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and "Turn 2" healthy lifestyles. Learn more »

Social Change Project
The Project is an event created to share one of the Foundation's principles with communities. Learn more »

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