Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Few Pictures from the Conference

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lead to Succeed's annual Kick-Off Conference was a hit! Here's a look at some pictures from the big day!
A group of students enjoying one of the guest speakers

Team building exercise!

Designing a Lead to Succeed tee shirt!

Wrapping up the day with a certificate of completion (and free pizza!)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Making Progress!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Our project managers come from a variety of UWM classes, all through the Institute for Service Learning. Working with a diverse group of students from many different majors, the unique Lead to Succeed projects are starting to take shape!

"My team's project is to go out into the community and volunteer, as well as get other high school kids involved and excited about volunteering. As project manager, I am keeping the students engaged and interested in volunteering in their community by making sure they realize how their actions as a volunteer affect other people. If they feel like they are making a difference and feel good about what they are doing, it will give them a reason to volunteer in their free time, or recommend it to others. I will also have them reflect on their trips on video. We will collect reflections and clips from their volunteer work to create a video to help the students inspire others to volunteer." - Amy M., Milwaukee Excel Youth Volunteerism Project

"The first two meetings working with the Youth Water Website at Waukesha 4H were great. Although we had a small group of students, they all seem to be quite interested in building and creating a website based on conserving and sustaining water. It surprised me because not only was I expecting a much larger group of students, but also I was expecting them to be mainstreamed in the local school systems, however they were not. In fact, most of our high school students are homeschooled which I found to be very unique. I think because we have a more unique group of students, we may be able to give the website a different perspective!" - Sarah K., Waukesha 4H Youth Water Website Project

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Project Manager Updates!

 Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The projects are off to a great start! Here's what some of our awesome project managers had to say:

"There are so many topics that were covered in the first few meeting with Lead To Succeed that it is hard to imagine the project without great leaders. After extensive discussion, the project was split into three groups and each grouping was given a project manager. The initial meeting with the students was fantastic. They are really excited to get started and see results."   - Chris R., Skateboard Park Project

"In two weeks of going to St. Joan Antida I already can tell that my role as a Lead to Succeed Project Manager will be significant for me as well as for the girls. Not only will I learn a lot from the girls, I know that they have already learned a lot from me! I can tell that they feel very comfortable around me and aren’t afraid to add their opinion about our Water Website project. This was because of the several ice breakers that we did to feel comfortable around each other and get to know each other better. I noticed that the ice breakers not only helped me to get to know the girls I will be working with, the activities brought up questions that some of the girls didn’t know about each other as well." - Elizabeth M., St. Joan Antida Youth Water Website Project

"There are many career opportunities in the water industry in Milwaukee, and the Water Institute along with Lead to Succeed are trying to promote these to students who will soon be heading into the workforce. As a project manager, I will have the chance to be in regular contact with these students to facilitate the curriculum and keep them interested." - Nic M., St. Joan Antida Youth Water Website Project

"As someone who grew up in a culturally diverse neighborhood, I see it as very important and inspiring that the students are making an effort to unite their classmates and disregard the racial borders that society has put up. I believe project managers are needed to guide the kids to help them achieve their goals. With this position as a project manager, I intend to organize what needs to be done and assign students specific roles that cover each task. I also hope to give them the confidence to work in projects like this in the future." - John K., Diversity Mural