Wednesday, April 20, 2011

** UPCOMING EVENTS ** Project's Progress!

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Neulife-Custom Rain Barrel Business Project

April 18 – 2:30- Additional Practice Sessions at Neulife 
      4pm – 4:45 pm Investor Presentation at MMSD
 May 1 – Final delivery date for 5 Rain Barrels sold

SUPAR-Financial Literacy Project

April 27 – Financial Literacy students present at other schools 

May 2 - Financial Literacy students present at SUPAR


 All the UNIQUE projects the LTS students and Mentors have been working so hard to put together for Global Youth Service Day are being presented!

SUPAR (1712 S 32nd St. Milwaukee, WI 53215)
 April 15

   Outdoor Classroom Build at 16th Street Community Health Center
      10 am to finish (we’re guessing about 2 pm)

St. Joan Antida (1341 N. Cass St. Milwaukee, WI 53202)
 April 15 
   Rain Garden Group:
   9 am  Take group "before" picture 
   9 am to 12:00  Build Rain Garden and take pictures 
   12:00 to 12:30  Clean up
   Art Structure Group:
   8am Arrive at Saint Joan’s, take before picture, get materials ready
   9:10-12:00 Will be creating the structure and finishing it

   1:00- Finishing touches and Clean up
   1:30- Take pictures of the finished art structure

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Financial Literacy Project 4/13/2011

College Mentors lead a team of high school students in developing/presenting several financial literacy workshops at area schools

This past week in the Financial Literacy Campaign at SUPAR was very productive. We went over the presentation information and discussed the worksheet that will be given to teachers in classrooms that the students cannot present in. The students were very engaging and we reviewed what they have learned this semester. We discussed what the most important things to present to the other students are, and we clarified that they concretely understand this information. We then planned out the schedule for the upcoming weeks regarding when the students will practice and present in front of their peers, and other local schools.

-Luke Chambers

Youth Volunteerism Campaign 4/13/2011

College Mentors lead a team of high school students in learning the importance
of youth volunteerism then developing creative and innovative ways to spread
 the word to their peers

The past 2 weeks with the Youth Volunteerism Campaign have been very fun and productive. The students started to finalize the power point presentation and include pictures from various experiences throughout the semester. They then filmed their video doing various volunteer activities to be accompanied with the power point presentation. One student even wrote a song about volunteering that may be included in the video. The students had a lot of fun filming the video and were very energetic. We then discussed the upcoming weeks and started to discuss student’s roles in the presentation.

-Luke Chambers

While it has been sometime since we last talked, the project is in full throttle to be finished. With not much time to go, the group of teens, along with the mentors and supervisors have finished the power point and are now just putting finishing touches on it. Besides the power point, the Boys and Girls Club have also been given the chance to put together some great action shots to create/promote the volunteer work they have been a part of. Even though it may have been a little dry to make/create the power point, the volunteers showed their true personalities when it came to being filmed. Many of the boys and girls were laughing, joking, and definitely enjoying themselves as we walked around making our video for volunteering.
After seeing those students passion and acting skills, there is only one thing to say, watch out Denzel Washington, there is a new group of actors and actresses storming Milwaukee! Things to look forward to as we wrap up this semester and the project, presenting our power point to the Boys and Girls Club, editing the video, and celebrating the hard work these kids have did.
-Lucas White

Custom Rain Barrel Business Project 4/13/2011

College Mentors lead a team of high school students in developing a custom design rain barrel business in which residents, businesses and community organizations can order their own attractively decorated rain barrel(s).

As the lead to succeed student continue to work on their projects, I would like to make sure that you are well informed of what they are accomplishing. This week we worked on finalizing designs and created some captions for the drawings. So far, the students have come up with the following:

Three of four designs will be finalized so at the next meeting we can actually start putting them on card stock so they will be ready to help with our other team’s business pitch to acquire some rain barrels to paint and start selling. We are getting down to crunch time and I can’t wait to see how everything comes together.
-Codee Sigler
Big news! The end is in sight! We are making the final push before we can start sell rain barrels! The past couple of weeks have been very exciting and very busy. The business team has been working on the outline and power point slides that will be used for the sales proposal meeting with MMSD. From this meeting, we are hoping that MMSD will be willing to donate a generous number of rain barrels for us to sell as a source of “seed money” (upstart capital). When this happens, we will be looking for more interested buyers, and the real fun will begin! I cannot wait to see what the next few weeks have in store for us!
-Bryce McCourt

Global Youth Service Day Projects 4/13/2011

College Mentors lead a team of high school students in planning
water related service projects that will become part of Global
Youth Service Day (April 2011)

This week the girls at St. Joan Antida have finalized their plan for Global Youth Service Day. They will be presenting their project to their fellow freshmen class. They are working on a poster board that will include why they are making environmentally friendly hand soap and how. They will be setting up stations so that the freshmen can learn how to make it. The girls are very excited to share what they have learned and they have been working very hard. The first time we tried to make the soap we weren't so successful but we are continuing to work hard to get it right before Global Youth Service day!
-April Heath
With less than a week to go before Global Youth Service Day, our project is finally looking like a finished product. This past week we were able to receive our products needed to create our organic samples. With the time constraints and the extra ingredients needed to make the bars of soap, we ended up scratching that product from our “kit” so now we are left with shampoo and conditioner. While the products turned out quite well there are only a couple minor details left before we hand out our samples to the volunteers who are cleaning up the KK River on Saturday. The note card is completed with what is in our products, as well as the information about how these organic samples affect the environment and allow our water industry to be cleaner, fresher, and less polluted. The only thing left to look forward to is organizing our samples, handing out our samples, promoting our products, and then finally celebrate for all the hard work the ladies have done throughout the semester.

-Lucas White

On April 5th the SUPAR group met after a long three week spring break, which meant we only have one class period after that until their outdoor classroom assembly and presentation for Global Youth Service Day on April 15th.  As we quickly approach Global Youth Service Day at SUPAR, the students are making their final decisions on each group’s responsibilities in order to be prepared for April 15th. The mural group has constructed a beautiful piece to hang on the designated fence at 16th Street Community Health Center, and the plaque/podium group ordered a plaque to be mounted next to the hanging mural. It was quite a long process finding a mural design that fit both the student’s personality as well as 16th Street Community Health Center’s expectations. The students met both of these requirements though, designing an impressive piece. The benches group also has had success receiving confirmation on the tree stump delivery from Buckley Tree Service, and we are all very grateful of them for donating these tree stumps to the students.
All the students have left to worry about is creating the mural, receiving all the materials (such as bulbs to plant and the planter pots), and assigning individual tasks for the students to stay on task and finish the project at a reasonable time. With only so little time to go, things can sometimes become overwhelming. However, I really have faith in the students to follow through and create a really great outdoor project.

-Abby Breitenfeldt