WELDON — As part of its 25th anniversary, Teach for America — Eastern Carolina hosted its first Teach for America North Carolina Student Leadership Summit on Saturday at Weldon High School.

The event had nearly 200 registered students of all ages from the area, including Northampton County Schools, KIPP, Halifax County Schools and Weldon City Schools, according to Elizabeth O’Quinn, who is manager for strategy and operations — Teacher Leadership Continuum for Teach for America — Eastern Carolina.

“The goal of the event is for students to participate in a design-thinking process,” O’Quinn said. “We want to create powerful student-leadership and put them in the driver’s seat … We want them to know they have the power.”

As part of the event, students were scheduled to participate in general team-building activities, among other workshops, O’Quinn said.

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty.

Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity.