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Charter One and The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio recognize young leaders for leadership and commitment to diversity

CLEVELAND (January 30, 2013) – Charter One and The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio recognized young leaders and presented special awards to two exemplary students at the Youth Leadership Luncheon on Friday, January 25.

More than 200 students representing 23 Northeast Ohio schools attended the luncheon held in honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The students in attendance were recognized for their leadership and commitment to diversity in their schools and in the community. Two local students, each nominated by a school official, were recognized as Diversity Champions. They were awarded $100 gift cards courtesy of Charter One.

“My colleagues at Charter One and I are proud to recognize these students and thank them for the work they do – from promoting diversity in their schools to their civic involvement throughout our community,” said Ken Marblestone, President of Charter One and RBS Citizens in Ohio. “It gives me great hope for the future when I spend time with such remarkable young men and women.”

The 2013 Diversity Champion Award winners are:

Jaylin Coleman, 7th Grade, University School
Jaylin Coleman, a resident of University Heights, is the student organizer for University School’s monthly volunteer activity at the Cleveland Foodbank, where students sort and pack food boxes. He also serves and delivers food to Cleveland’s hungry with Olivet Institutional Baptist Church. He serves as a parent guide at University School’s curriculum nights, runs the scoreboard at sporting events, and participates in school-sponsored outreach activities. Jaylin runs the soundboard for school assemblies and frequently organizes homeroom activities. He is a positive role-model for his peers and has impressive leadership potential.

Mayele Ngemba, 12th Grade, Lincoln West High School International Studies Academy
Mayele Ngemba, a resident of Cleveland, is an active participant in the Lincoln West High School student council and has worked at blood drives, food drives, and fundraisers for local crisis nurseries. During The Diversity Center’s Fall High School Retreat, he spoke honestly and sincerely to a group of 100 local teens about the beatings he and his fellow classmates endured while in school in the war torn Congo. Mayele is an active member of Lincoln West’s Model United Nations program and travels to The Ohio State University in Columbus regularly to represent his school in Model United Nations as well as the meetings of the African Union. Mayele is a motivated and captivating speaker who has a passion for educating others.

“With the support and leadership of Charter One, we’ve been able to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by presenting this award to young leaders who demonstrate commitment to diversity,” said Peggy Zone Fisher, President & CEO of The Diversity Center. “It is such a privilege to acknowledge these outstanding individuals in our community.”

This is the eighth year that Charter One and The Diversity Center have presented the luncheon and awards

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio was founded as an affiliate of the National Conference of Christians and Jews and currently is part of the National Federation for Just Communities. The human relations organization is dedicated to advancing diversity, challenging assumptions, and advocating for understanding through education and training.

About Charter One
Charter One is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. It has 340 branches and 510 ATMs. It has 133 branches and 160 ATMs in Ohio. Charter One’s website is charterone.com.

RBS Citizens, N.A., is a subsidiary of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $132 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries has more than 1,400 branches, approximately 3,600 ATMs and approximately 18,950 colleagues. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont; and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. RBSCFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. RBSCFG is owned by RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). RBSCFG’s website is citizensbank.com.



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