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Youth service coordinators reflect on past year and look toward the future

Anoka-Hennepin Community Education coordinates youth service activities and projects at all high schools. A Youth Service Coordinator at each high school coordinates meaningful leadership and service opportunities, trips and projects benefiting the community.

 

Opportunities for students in our high schools may include special events and activities, community service clubs or meeting service hour requirements of high school classes. Take a look at reflections from our Youth Service Coordinators over the past year, and goals they have foe the upcoming school year at our high schools.

 

Andover High School: Tammy Peterson, Youth Service Coordinator

As I wrap up my first year as the Andover High School Youth Service Coordinator, and I reflect on all of the amazing service students have done this year, I am in awe. With over 11,000 hours of community service completed school wide Andover High School students have clearly made a difference in our community (whether it be local or global). Fifteen students were recognized as President’s Volunteer Service Award recipients, completing an astonishing cumulative total of of 2,463 hours. While there are several classes and groups within the school completing community service, my work has primarily been with our service club called Key Club.  As a student led group, they have completed some pretty amazing service projects. Just to name a few, Key Club has cleaned a local park, helped with a mock election, raised money for UNICEF, fundraised for Eagle’s Healing Nest, made sandwiches for the Sandwich Project, raised money for the Water Project, and participated in I Love to Read month by collecting books through a book drive, and reading to students at University Avenue Elementary. In collaboration with Multiplying Good - the Students in Action Program, Key Club also participated in Public Service Pitch Day in April.  At this competition, students presented on the highlights, impact, and learning lessons surrounding their service projects. Andover Key Club students did an amazing job, and placed Silver in the competition! The work these students are doing, whether it is in the planning, execution, or reflection, really epitomizes the concept of hands-on learning. For Key Club, service learning has truly extended learning beyond the classroom, and has uniquely positioned members to become leaders in a world that needs their activism.

Anoka High School: Kelly Grew, Youth Service Coordinator

As the school year closes at Anoka High School, I reflect and celebrate the accomplishments of our students by saying that I am truly proud of their dedication and passion for giving back through volunteer service. We are on track to record over 12,000 hours of service through Key Club, National Honors Society, Civics classes, Government classes, Senior Service Projects and general volunteering that students choose to complete without specific recognition.
 
Anoka High School has active volunteerism relationships with Rum River Arts Center, Cub Foods Riverdale, Feed my Starving Children, Alexandra House, and Anoka-Hennepin elementary and middle Schools. Our Key Club has 68 registered members, and as a club completed over 1,500 hours of service, which includes in-school events such as, room decorating, kindness week, teacher appreciation, morning café, fleece blankets, sandwich project and card making for Stoney River Assisted Living. An important component to Key Club success, besides student leadership, is our partnership with Anoka Kiwanis, which assists in executing all these great projects with financial and in-person support.
 
For 2018, 12 students from Anoka High School qualified for a President’s Award for Service by completing a total of 1,740 hours. All of these volunteer hours were completed at summer camps, churches, community organizations, club involvement and finding ways to lend a helping hand in their communities. Next school year, we hope to increase Key Club enrollment, double the number of students that qualify for a President’s Award, create more community partnerships, expand youth leadership and development opportunities, and as always, promote the importance of volunteerism and service learning.

 

Blaine High School: Mollie Ziebart, Youth Service Coordinator

The Bengals in Action (BIA) finished off an exciting year. Nearly 50 students attended youth service meetings during the year. We worked on projects like a Save the Seas campaign, the Survivor fundraiser, Kindness week, we made care package and collected Feminine Hygiene products for Alexandra House. They also did service projects making 700 sandwiches for the homeless in Minneapolis, packed meals at Feed My Starving Children twice, decorated holiday bags for Meals on Wheels and did seasonal chores for senior citizens in Blaine. We have students that volunteer on a weekly basis at White Pines Senior Living and tutor students in the school. The students also helped with various school events like school carnivals, book fairs and various sporting events.

I am new to the position this year and have been working on developing relationships in the community with non-profits where the students can volunteer. Please contact me if you any ideas in the Blaine area. 23 students received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. These students met the requirements of hours of service for their commitment to helping making the world a better place. These students volunteered close to 4,000 hours of service. Blaine High School students have providing over 13,889 hours of community service. We look forward to next year and many more project and activities that will help the lives of others.

 

Champlin Park High School: Jane Hansen, Youth Service Coordinator

As the school year draws to a close, it is inspiring to reflect on the service and successes of the past year. Champlin Park students really stepped up to the plate in helping the community this year with over 17,288 service hours reported by individual students in Civics, Leo Club or National Honor Society.  Groups or teams also contributed service hours by working together at Feed My Starving Children, leading a youth clinic in their sport or by mentoring elementary age students. Forty one students were recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2018. The Multiplying Good - Students In Action team took on the issue of homelessness by coordinating a collection at a band concert which generated $1,000 for Hope 4 Youth, organizing a clothing drive for Hope 4 Youth, organizing the Survivor themed fundraiser at school which raised $4,600 to donate 161 Care Kits and $1,300 to Simpson Housing and $2,300 to My Very Own Bed. The Students in Action team took their service one step further to compete in the Multiplying Good Public Service Pitch Day by sharing about their service and lessons learned and went on to win first place and a trip to the national award ceremony in Washington D.C. in June. A heartfelt thank you to the high school students of Champlin Park High School for volunteering and helping to make their community a better place to live.

 

Coon Rapids High School: Stefanie Nelson, Youth Service Coordinator

Coon Rapids High School has ROCKED this year! The students and staff have stepped have recorded over 11,000 hours of service. There was an increase in student organizations working together for a goal creating more opportunity many students. The LEO club grew in membership and accomplished many school-wide projects this year. We Scare Hunger was a huge success in the fall, collecting 1,640 pounds of food for the food shelf here at Coon Rapids High School. Kindness was a theme that was spread throughout the year. In November, kindness magnets spread word of positivity for every student and staff at the high school. School-wide service  in February resulted in our school making over 1,600 sandwiches for the homeless, 100 care packages packed for the military, 20 fleece blankets made for the pediatric therapy center, and $800 raised for Hope 4 Youth.  Partnerships were made with a kindergarten class at Morris Bye Elementary, resulting in the LEO Club studnets working with the students in the areas of Kindness and Earth Day. It was a successful year encouraging service. I look forward to all the great projects ahead for CRHS for next year. Thank you to staff, administrators and parents for the support to encourage and build service at CRHS.