The Libby Moroff Leadership Program

Leadership-Program-Oakwood-Friends-SchoolThe Libby Moroff Leadership Program, initiated by a generous grant from the Phyllis and Howard Schwartz Philanthropic Fund and gifts from family and friends,stands as a permanent tribute to the life and work of Oakwood’s dedicated former Board President and alumna from the class of 1954.  Libby was an exemplar of good leadership in her volunteer work at Oakwood, and dedicated her adult life to furthering the principles of social justice and equality for all. Using Quaker values as a guide, the program helps our students develop leadership skills and give back to their communities through meaningful service.

The program serves about 10 students annually, providing opportunities for hands on exploration of leadership, social justice, civic engagement and service learning. Group meetings include guest speakers and discussions, as well as social justice project development.  Program participants are encouraged to advocate for issues important to them through correspondence and meetings with elected officials, as well as visits with elected officials and others in Albany and Washington, DC.  The program seeks to instill in students a greater understanding of what leadership means, the role they play in effecting positive change in their communities and the tools necessary to turn their ideas into action.