Stevenson High School - 2010 Jefferson Awards Students In Action Presentation


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Students In Action is a national youth volunteer leadership, recognition and reward program, designed to pass the tradition of service on to the next generation.

Co-developed by Jefferson Awards for Public Service and Deloitte, it is now in over 250 High Schools.

Each spring, Student Leaders from the participating schools compete in regional competitions. They are asked to report on the implementation of the program, and the impact they've had, both in their schools and within their communities.

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Stevenson High School - 2010 Jefferson Awards Students In Action Presentation

  1. 1. Adlai E. Stevenson High School
  2. 2. <ul><li>Student Activities Center serves as headquarters for all organizations and service event information </li></ul><ul><li>Clubs submit hours and club meeting/event information to Google Docs for accurate records </li></ul><ul><li>NHS and GIVE have volunteer databases </li></ul><ul><li>Clubs such as GIVE offer all students an easy way to get involved </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Currently 695 members </li></ul><ul><li>No commitments </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly events at nursing homes, day care centers, a children’s hospital, and in-school special education program </li></ul><ul><li>Special events benefit the community through holiday events, family picnics, food shelters, and visits to feeder schools </li></ul><ul><li>4893 volunteer hours completed so far this year </li></ul>Student volunteers running games at a local Purim Carnival Group of student volunteers who served food and socialized with needy at a PADs shelter
  4. 4. <ul><li>Our Philosophy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Capture the Imagination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expand Leadership Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognize Outstanding Work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Differentiate between Volunteerism and Service </li></ul><ul><li>Offer a Student Leadership Academy to all students </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>SERVICE </li></ul><ul><li>Need-based </li></ul><ul><li>Goal-Oriented, Action Plan, Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Sacrifice </li></ul><ul><li>“ It’s what we do, It’s who we are…” </li></ul><ul><li>Tranformational </li></ul><ul><li>VOLUNTEERISM </li></ul><ul><li>Show up </li></ul><ul><li>Do stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t get paid </li></ul><ul><li>Do it for extra credit in your free time </li></ul><ul><li>Leave unaffected by the experience </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>12 week course that helps develop students’ leadership and management skills </li></ul><ul><li>Available to all students by application </li></ul><ul><li>Completion often required for leadership positions and clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Led by Student Activities Director </li></ul><ul><li>Features community leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Students interact and complete activities </li></ul><ul><li>Final Exam for completion </li></ul>During this “hands on” learning exercise in SLA, students test different leadership styles while aiming to accomplish the same goal.
  7. 7. The first Jefferson Awards were awarded in January and the ceremony occurs monthly The January presentation of Stevenson’s first Jefferson Awards for the Haiti Relief Campaign. A student receiving a Jefferson Award during the April breakfast ceremony for her work in Project Dance (other recipients seen in background).
  8. 8. <ul><li>Cause combined Amnesty International, Print Media Club, Interact Club, and Future Doctors of America </li></ul><ul><li>Designed shirts to be sold at 100% profit </li></ul><ul><li>One day record-breaking bake sale earning $800 </li></ul><ul><li>Online donations through the school website </li></ul><ul><li>Raised $5,400 in total for Doctors Without Borders and Rotary International’s Shelter Box program </li></ul>The first Jefferson Awards at Stevenson recognized the efforts of three students who helped bring relief to Haiti
  9. 9. Interact Club Service efforts that focus on community projects such as working with disabled adults, the local food pantry, Habitat For Humanity, Adopt-a-Highway, football game BBQs, and charity walks for various organizations. Teen-Aiders A non-profit organization that works in shelters, kitchens, and youth groups to help homeless kids. Volunteers coordinate activities and plan a fundraiser benefiting homeless kids in Lake County.
  10. 10. Students Helping Soldiers Support for service members abroad through care packages, Paint-A-Thon, toy drives, bake sales, veteran clothing drives, and more. Peer Helpers Support for Stevenson Students through counseling and outreach programs. Events include Violence Prevention Week, AIDS awareness Week, and a Mental Health/Suicide Prevention program.
  11. 11. Best Buddies Students with disabilities are paired with students without disabilities. Outings and other activities create lasting friendships that enhance the lives of those involved. Key Club Service projects and fundraising events that focus on people with special needs through organizations such as UNICEF, the Special Olympics, and Omni Youth Services
  12. 12. Student Council Buddy Bowling Student Council reaches out to the community with various events such as the annual Buddy Bowling event for students with special needs.
  13. 13. <ul><li>Every year, Stevenson raises well over $200,000 through service organizations and events </li></ul><ul><li>Examples this year… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spirit Fest raised $21,500 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give-A-Thon raised $70,000 in food, gifts, and baby items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Haiti Relief Effort raised $5,400 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Dance: $61,500 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Having successful fundraisers ensures future successes! </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Extensive media relations in and out of school </li></ul><ul><li>Attraction system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jefferson Awards monthly breakfast ceremony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ 300 Club” graduation honor (300+ service hours) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prominent Patriot awards (recognizing citizenship) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Daily Video Announcements </li></ul><ul><li>Banners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many Clubs have specific Banners and Videos Committees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>School Website: Splash Page, Daily Digest </li></ul><ul><li>Constant Contact: Professional Marketing Email Program </li></ul><ul><li>Yearbook and Statesmen Newspaper feature exceptional volunteer efforts </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Director of Public Relations Mr. Conrey </li></ul><ul><li>Keep regular contact with local news media </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pioneer Press </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chicago Tribune Local </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily Herald </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regularly feature articles about Stevenson </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Drafted and mailed three formal recruitment letters to the following local high schools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libertyville High School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highland Park High School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vernon Hills High School </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Currently in active talks with the student activities director at Vernon Hills High School about the program </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating with Buffalo Grove High School for Relay for Life, in initial phases of recruiting </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is held at Buffalo Grove and Stevenson High Schools every other year </li></ul><ul><li>Event Chairs and Committee members are from both schools </li></ul><ul><li>This year’s efforts have included a Kickoff event, Hoops for Hope basketball game, and the Great American Smokeout </li></ul><ul><li>Last year’s Relay </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Had 90 teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Raised $85,723 </li></ul></ul>Hoops for Hope sponsored a boys varsity basketball game. T-shirt sales went to Relay. Survivor lap at Relay ‘09
  19. 19. <ul><li>Every year, Stevenson expands its community reach and improves events for greater success </li></ul><ul><li>Spirit Walk made the transition this year to Spirit Fest </li></ul><ul><li>Give-a-Thon enhanced the leadership role of students in running the annual holiday drive </li></ul><ul><li>Project Dance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Began in 2007: 300 participants, over $18,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008: 600 participants, over $32,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2009: over 900 participants, over $50,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2010: over 1300 participants, over $61,500 (final total including March Madness fundraiser) </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Originally Spirit Walk - a 5k walk for a 501(c)3 charity </li></ul><ul><li>This year, upgraded to Spirit Fest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>added bands, carnival theme, team sports </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Went from ~$14,000 to $21,500 </li></ul><ul><li>New tradition at Stevenson organized by NHS </li></ul>Spirit walk Professional and student bands performed Carnival games, sports, and rides gave it a family feel
  21. 21. <ul><li>Holiday drive conducted by NHS </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on three components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Holiday gifts for needy families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food for local pantry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baby care items </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Recognized As National Service Project Award Winner (NHS National Convention) </li></ul><ul><li>Raised $70,000 in 2009 </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>This year, added Student Leaders who motivate peers and shop for items in each classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Classrooms sponsor over 200 families </li></ul><ul><li>Raise money and items over November – December timeframe </li></ul><ul><li>Student committees meet September through December weekly </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>5 and ½ hour dance marathon </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraiser for the Riverside Foundation, a local home for adults with developmental disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Teams of 10 people raise a minimum of $300 </li></ul>
  24. 25. <ul><li>“ Living Well” Human Geography Fundraiser To Provide Clean Water To African Communities </li></ul><ul><li>2 Blood Drives Sponsored by NHS that collected a total of 300 units </li></ul><ul><li>“ Invisible Children” Child Soldier Presentation and Benefit Concert </li></ul><ul><li>Leukemia Research Foundation Fundraiser </li></ul><ul><li>“ Play For A Cure” Softball Team Fundraiser For Breast Cancer </li></ul><ul><li>3 on 3 Tournament for KIN (“Kids in Need”) Fund </li></ul><ul><li>And too many more to mention… </li></ul>