Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
One of our Project Managers at Lead to Succeed gave us some insight on how to annual Lead to Succeed Kick Off Conference went!
After all of the students went around learning from the activities they were involved in and speakers that joined, they were asked to combine all the information onto sticky notes. On these sticky notes the students put the information they found most useful to contribute towards their project with the youth water website. Here are some pictures of some of the students showing what they thought was most important!
Friday, October 12, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The fall 2012 term has brought along even more Project Managers to assist with Lead to Succeed in helping the youth of our community. The Project Managers this fall will be working with students to help expand the youth friendly website http://teenwater.nfshost.com/ made to help youth understand why fresh water and water jobs are especially important in Milwaukee.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Lead to Succeed recently established a Youth Advisory Board composed of high school students of all ages and from a variety of our sites. The board meets regularly to discuss grant opportunities, potential projects, and the future of Lead to Succeed! The members were selected by staff as some of the most ambitious and dedicated students who exemplify what it means to be a leader and exceptional student. Here's what they have to say about serving on the board:
“I really enjoyed being a part of the Lead to Succeed social entrepreneurship project this year, and also the Youth Advisory Board. I had a lot of fun and I learned so much. For my Lead to Succeed project we had to work as a team to create a business around a water issue. For me, the best part of working on this project was meeting different people and working in groups. A portion of the Lead to Succeed project is meeting new people in different environments and working together. By doing so, Lead to Succeed is helping prepare youth for their very near future. In order to be successful you need to have a job and all jobs require that you to meet new people and have excellent communication skills. Teamwork is also an important skill to develop in order to be successful. With what I have learned and experienced all I want to do is help. I believe that everyone else would too if they were educated about the problem. Lead to Succeed is slowly creating a better youth. With the right funding they can spread the word and help youth all over the Greater Milwaukee area. I believe that Lead to Succeed is an incredible experience that all youth should be a part of.” -- Tamera W., Professional Learning Institute
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The 2011-2012 Lead to Succeed term has officially ended! Projects have been perfected and evaluations have been completed! Thank you to all of program facilitators, project managers, funders, and partners for their unending support! & don't forget to check out some of the pictures below from our wonderful celebration ceremony!
|The event was hosted at WCTC, one of our program partners|
|Certificates for our awesome MAWIB employers. They provide great work experience for our students!|
|Photo collages for our partners & facilitators|
|The girls from St. Joan Antida presenting their project!|
|The outstanding Institute for Service Learning from UWM. They provide us with college project managers & much more! |
Want to see more photos? Take a look at Facebook page where we've got a full album from the big day!
Monday, May 7, 2012
Students participating in the "Social Entrepreneurship Competition" this year have attended monthly meetings at the Open MiKE space, located in the Grand Avenue Mall. Here, Lead to Succeed students have the opportunity to meet a variety of like minded professionals and work on their pitches with people who truly understand what it takes to give a compelling pitch! Their time and effort will show through at the "Battle of the Brands" competition in the upcoming weeks. Check back for more updates and progress from our teams! Watch the YouTube video that Lead to Succeed teams and MiKE(Innovation in Milwaukee) were featured in, below!
Friday, April 27, 2012
Yesterday students from Lead to Succeed's Social Entrepreneurship sites gathered at the Open MiKE space to pitch their business plans to each other and receive feedback on their presentations. The night went off without a hitch, and there were many dynamic ideas circulating around the room!
Students from the Bradley Tech site pitched their innovative mobile water lab, that they have tagged as "H20 Education on the Go!" that would bring an interactive field trip right to the front doors of Milwaukee Public Schools!
Neu-Life Community Resource Center shared their unique rain barrel brand, called "Beasty Barrels." The group has a working small business already in place, and has even designed a state-of-the-art collapsible rain barrel that could expand their operations to an international scale!
The Professional Learning Institute has proposed an app for mobile phones that would educate children and teenagers about water conservation, sanitation, and accessibility issues. Games that reward players with social currency would give incentive to play and learn at the same time!
The team at SUPAR has decided to offer their knowledge to other businesses in the Milwaukee area by being water ambassadors and reaching out to young people. By acting as consultants for nonprofits and environmentally-friendly businesses, the group has proposed to market these partners' ideas and missions to young people in a peer-to-peer fashion. Way to think outside the box, SUPAR!
Friday, April 13, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
Lead to Succeed students from Bradley Tech, SUPAR, PLI, Neu-Life, and Milwaukee 4H had the opportunity to tour A.O. Smith and learn about the company's focus on becoming a global leader in water technology. A.O. Smith Corporation is known for their energy-efficient solutions to products worldwide.
Monday, March 19, 2012
"The group at Bradley Tech is doing an amazing job of being passionate and innovative with their [social entrepreneurship] Mobile Water Lab project. They are taking all of the feedback from the last Spreenkler meeting and tweaking their original idea to fit to the best possible plan they can make. They are extremely knowledgeable and diverse group which covers most of the angles. You can really see some leaders develop. They are taking control and keeping the group focused instead of one of the project managers having to do so. Overall this is a great experience and a great way to teach yourself and others at the same time." Nate, Social Entrepreneurship Project: Bradley Tech
"The students like to come up with ideas about water and how it is used. They're interested in showing others what they have learned in the form of an easy to understand & interactive graphic. The students can identify resources that will be helpful in this endeavor." Thomas, Youth Water Website: Milwaukee 4H
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
"Diversity plays an important role in all of our lives, and for this reason we have, and will continue to work hard in order to show our community just how important diversity is. Through group discussions on the topic of diversity our team has become more invested in the topic, and it has resulted in three beautiful and meaningful diversity murals. This year our group wishes not only to enrich the ideas of the group last year, but also bring all of our ideas to life on the walls of our school." - Zanella L., Multicultural Mural: Waukesha South High School
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Our College Project Managers give us some insight into their weekly activities, strengths, and weaknesses:
"Meeting with the Neu Life Center's Lead to Succeed group was an impressive experience. I was surprised to see the artistic talent my group has as well as how much work they have already accomplished. My team’s creativity and dedication are their biggest strengths in this project. My goal is to continue to cultivate these strengths as well as others to help decrease our areas of weakness. I think a weakness affecting our group is the lack of experience with the rain barrels we are trying to create a business pitch for. My group has fantastic ideas on ways to give their rain barrels competitive advantage, yet the some of these ideas cannot realistically be implemented. However, it’s helpful to our group that I’ve used a rain barrel before, so I’m familiar with their practicality and usage. Together, I’m hopeful that my group and I will be able to create a successful rain barrel business plan that will positively contribute to the Neu Life Community Resource Center while decreasing Milwaukee County’s luring freshwater crisis. - Monica, Social Entrepreneurship Project: Neu-Life
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
We are proud to announce that we have 16 new Project Managers working with Lead to Succeed this Spring semester! Want to hear a little bit about their expectations for the upcoming months? Read on!
"As college Project Manager, we are needed because we help to be that "in-between" for the high school students. We are not teachers but we are there to help the students problem solve and stay on track. I know from working with Lead To Succeed in the past that college mentors can help bring some new ideas to a project and have helped open students' eyes to a new way of looking at things. We will be learning with the students and hopefully will help make these project successful- which I am confident we can do. What I, as a project manager, can bring to this position is my previous experience with Lead to Succeed and some of the connections I have made that may come in handy with some of the projects." - Elizabeth, Youth Water Website: PLI & Waukesha 4H
"From my perspective, the role of a Lead to Succeed Project Manager is to guide the Saint Joan High School students to successfully complete their Water Website Project. I am here to help the project move more smoothly and let each student know that their participation matters. I am needed to answer any questions they may have about the project, which could be something as simple as “Where can I find credible websites to help my research?” I feel like I am also a sort of role model to some of these students. I remember when I was in High School, or even Middle School, and I thought the older kids were always so cool. As far as what skills I bring to the position, I feel like I can lead them in a good direction to complete this project. I want to celebrate their victories with candy, or maybe a short game. I’m a pretty organized individual, which also will help my group complete this in a timely fashion. I have the responsibility of handling a job and being a student, so I know I can handle this too. I’m excited to get to know my group more!" - Megan, Youth Water Website: St. Joan Antida
"I think a project manager is many things! Most importantly, I think a project manager is someone who leads, without letting the students know that they're leading. Letting the kids know that what their doing is important and that their input is needed is very crucial. Project managers are needed to keep the kids on task and make sure they continue working on what they should be. I am very organized and have been a teacher at my job for a while, so i'm hoping the skills i've learned working there will come in handy during this project!" - Brittany, Youth Water Website: Milwaukee 4H
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
2012 is off to a great start! We've been hammering out the details and have finalized an awesome new project that we're incredibly excited about!
Our new Social Entrepreneurship Competition Project- College Project Managers will be leading a team of high school students in the creation of a business plan that will make a positive impact on the community, with an emphasis in the water industry. High school students will have access to Basecamp, a project management website, and attend monthly meet-ups at the OpenMiKE facility at Spreenkler Talent Labs.
Project sites include: SUPAR, Bradley Tech, the Professional Learning Institute, and Neu-Life Community Resource Center.
Competition meetings have already begun, and soon the new College Project Managers will be helping at the sessions! Each team will submit their final business canvas by May 4th and will present it at the Lead to Succeed End of the Year Celebration Ceremony on May 11th! Stay tuned for more updates and pictures from our innovative high school groups!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Our fall semester Project Managers have completed their work with Lead to Succeed. Here's what some had to say about finishing up their portion of the projects:
How do you feel that your project will impact the community?
"Our team has not only developed a concrete plan for our project, we have completed it. Our service learning involvement coincides with a class that is only one semester long so we had to fit a lot into a short amount of time. We spent weeks volunteering in the community with the students and filming their involvement. We made cookies for the church that Milwaukee Excel works with. We raked leaves in the community, wrote letters to the troops, and started a food drive for the homeless! We documented the students efforts and made a short video for Milwaukee Excel High School regarding volunteerism in the community. The goal was to create a relationship with the community since Milwaukee Excel High School is brand new. I think our video will show the community that the school is full of good kids with good intentions towards the neighbors and the community!" -Elizabeth D., Milwaukee Excel Youth Volunteerism Project
"I think having them [multicultural murals] will impact the community at Waukesha South High School. After having discussions with all of the kids in our group meetings, it is evident that diversity is an issue at the school. I think that having multiple murals (this year's 3 murals and last year's mural) will really be a reminder to the kids to be open to different ideas and people, and to be respectful. I think respecting others is one of the most important lessons that high school youth can learn! Hopefully parents and people from the community that walk around the school will see these murals, and it will make them think about diversity a little bit, because I think it's definitely not a topic that people think about every day, though it should be because it's such a huge part of our lives." -Meaghann C., Diversity Mural
Friday, January 13, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Here it is- the fantastic video that our students and Project Managers put together!
The Lead to Succeed students at Milwaukee Excel High School did an amazing job this semester! From outdoor cleanup to writing letter for our troops, they fully engaged themselves in their community and volunteered in a variety of ways.
Check out their video here!