3rd Annual Mid Winter Conference

Posted by on February 10th, 2017

On February 4th, 2017 over 130 attendees spent their Saturday at Seaford High School for the 3rd Annual Students In Action Mid Winter Conference hosted by the Jefferson Awards Foundation. For the first time since the conference’s inception, the weather permitted to host the conference on the originally scheduled date.

This year’s conference drew in special guest facilitators from Wilmington University, United Way of Delaware, Association of Fundraising Professionals – Brandywine Chapter, The Seaford Star, and The Charter School of Wilmington. Special guests for the day included Mayor David Genshaw of Seaford, WBOC TV’s Mary Borger, Mr. Jim Martin of the ACE Peer Center, and Braeden Mannering, Founder of 3B Brae’s Brown Bags.

Sessions ranged from learning about marketing, to identifying community needs, to life mapping, to fundraising, to understanding leadership. Attendees rotated through sessions throughout the day, one of which included activating three service projects: Brae’s Brown Bags which is a healthy food project for the homeless; a canned food drive to benefit Sussex County schools’ food pantries; and a positive messaging project for Seaford High School’s  Positivity Week. Attendees brought in over 980 items for the service projects. At the end of the day, students heard compelling stories from 13 year old Braeden Mannering, who started Brae’s Brown Bags when he was just 9 years old, and Jim Martin, Director at the ACE Peer Center in Seaford who received the bags for his day shelter for homeless individuals.

Students from the fundraising session also had the opportunity to compete with their own “Shark Tank” pitch for the chance to win $200 for the nonprofit organization of their choice. The winning group chose to donate the money to AutumnLeaf Fundraisers, which was founded by Sierra RyanWallick, a Students In Action member in attendance at the conference. The nonprofit raises money annually for Forgotten Cats, a local organization dedicated to finding homes for stray animals. A special thank you to United Way of Delaware, Association of Fundraising Professionals – Brandywine Chapter, Wilmington University, and Jefferson Awards Foundation for contributing to the cash prize.

Thank you to our dynamic student leaders and advisors from the following schools and organizations for making this Mid Winter Conference one for the books. Cape Henlopen High School, Caesar Rodney High School, Charter School of Wilmington, Delaware Homeschool Group, Delmar High School, First State Community Action Agency, Lake Forest High School, MERIT, MOT Charter High School, Newark High School, Positive Outcomes Charter High School, Seaford High School, Sussex Central High School, Sussex Technical High School, Teens In Perspective – Girls Rock Sussex County Chapter, and Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club.

 

MOT Charter Activates Brae’s Brown Bags

Posted by on January 4th, 2017

Students at MOT Charter school in Middletown, DE activated a “3B ripple” of Brae’s Brown Bags and donated over 400 bags of healthy snacks, toiletries, and notes of encouragement to Our Daily Bread and Neighborhood House. Delaware native Braeden Mannering, of Bear, DE, was at the school during the day to inspire and engage the students around the project. Braeden, alongside his mom Christy, spoke passionately about how he started Brae’s Brown Bags when he was just 9 years old. Braeden carried that inspiration to his organization’s motto: that all individuals, including the homeless, deserve access to healthy food. Now, at age 13, Braeden has the classification of an official nonprofit 501 ©(3) and has donated over 8,500 bags to those in need. Students at MOT Charter loved hearing Braeden’s message and participating in the service. Thanks to the school, staff, and parents and guardians who all assisted in making the day spectacular!

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Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club Activates LEAD360

Posted by on December 9th, 2016

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On November 30th, 2016 the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club activated a Jefferson Awards Foundation National LEAD360 project, Survivor Packs. The project, designed by Florida native Grace Wickerson, provides toiletries and items of care to victims of domestic violence who are relocated to emergency shelters. The activation of Survivor Packs at Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club, led by Athletic and Teen Director Eric Hastings, drew students from Teen Titans who packed 45 bags for People’s Place. Mayor David Genshaw was in attendance to show his support of this fantastic group of youth and their desire to do good in their community. Keep up the great work!

 

Delaware Leadership Conference highlight

Posted by on December 8th, 2016

On Saturday, November 12th, 120 Jefferson Awards Student Leaders from Delaware attended the 10th annual Students In Action Leadership Conference that was held on the campus of the University of Delaware in Gore Hall. This year’s Leadership Conference was designed and facilitated by 25 members of University of Delaware Organizational and Community Leadership majors in Dr. Karen Stein’s capstone class. Attending the conference were 17 high schools and youth groups from around the State of Delaware.

The conference followed a pop culture/media theme called “Tracks To Leadership.” The goal of the Students in Action Leadership Conference is to challenge the student leaders and develop leadership, communication and problem solving skills while building cross-cultural bonds and preparing them for active, contributing roles in their communities. The students participated in a series of workshops aimed to assist them in leading an action oriented volunteer service culture in their school while sharpening their leadership skills. From creating their own rap song, to learning to safely land a paper airplane, to creating a ramp for a marble out of materials, students took away concepts of collaboration, innovation, effective communication, problem solving, and team building and a lot of memories in between.

One especially memorable component of the conference was the participation in service projects to benefit the local community. During the day, the students also took part in service projects to benefit the community. The Students In Action attendees activated two national Jefferson Awards LEAD360 service projects: Score On Hunger and Survivor Packs.  For the Score On Hunger project, the students packed 146 bags of food that went to the Newark Area Welfare Committee in collaboration with Mayor Polly Sierer of Newark.  For the Survivor Pack project, the students packed 200 backpacks of toiletries and hygiene items for victims of domestic violence that are donated to shelters through Child, Inc.  In total, students brought in over 2,700 items to complete the two projects.

This was the first year Delaware welcomed middle schoolers to the conference. A middle school track was incorporated to ensure students of all ages had a memorable experience.

Thank you to the following schools for attending the conference! Cape Henlopen JROTC, Caesar Rodney High School, Caravel Academy, Charter School of Wilmington, Delaware Homeschool Group, Delmar High School, Dover High School, Early College High School, First State Community Action Agency, Lake Forest High School, Newark Charter Jr/Sr High School, Padua Academy, Positive Outcomes Charter School, Sanford School, St. Elizabeth High School, Sussex Technical High School and Tower Hill School.

25 Days To Go!

Posted by on October 18th, 2016

We are less than a month away from our Annual Students In Action Fall Conference.  Make sure to register here today!

10th Annual Fall Conference

Posted by on September 28th, 2016

 

cfl1The 10th Annual Central Florida Students In Action Conference kicked off on Saturday, September 24th with nearly 70 students from Lake, Brevard, and Orange counties gathering to the Brevard School District Office for a day of service, leadership, and learning. Students from the LEAD Scholars Academy at the University of Central Florida, led by Faith Burns, facilitated the conference with great energy and passion for the topics. The LEAD Scholars Academy at UCF is a selective two year program for students committed to academic excellence and making a difference in the world around them, and is known for its members contributing thousands of hours of community service around the University and Central Florida community each year.

The goal of the Students in Action Leadership Conference was to challenge the high school student leaders and develop leadership, communication, and problem solving skills while building cross-cultural bonds and preparing them for active, contributing roles in their communities. Students attending the conference learned about teamwork, creating and measuring impact, effective communication, and marketing and using media through a variety of activities and workshops.

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The conference also provided an opportunity for students to engage in service to the local community. Attendees brought in over 1,300 items that were donated to Crosswinds Youth Services and Nemours Hospital in Orlando.

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Thank you to the following high schools for sending representatives to be a part of this year’s Student in Action conference: Bayside High School, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School, Cornerstone Charter Academy, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School, Eustis High School, Leesburg High School, Melbourne High School, and Mount Dora High School.

TIMELINE FOR CENTRAL FLORIDA SIA SCHOOLS

Posted by on February 17th, 2016

March 23, 2016:       Written Survey Due Online   LAKE, ORANGE & SEMINOLE COUNTY SCHOOLS

March 24, 2016        Written Survey Due Online  BREVARD SCHOOLS

April 13, 2016:          SIA Spring Competition for   LAKE, ORANGE & SEMINOLE COUNTY SCHOOLS

April 14, 2015:          SIA Spring Competition for   BREVARD SCHOOLS

April 15, 2016:          Top Regional School Announced at Winning School

April 29, 2016:         3 Names to National Office for Top School Going to National Ceremony in June

May 16, 2016:           National Judging Begins

May 31, 2016:           National Winners Chosen

June 15-16, 2016:    National Winners announced at Jefferson Awards National Celebration, Washington DC

TIMELINE FOR DELAWARE SIA SCHOOLS SPRING COMPETITION

Posted by on February 17th, 2016

March 25, 2016:       Written Survey Due Online

April 9, 2016:            SIA Spring Competition LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED

April 9, 2016:            Top Regional School Announced

April 18, 2016:          Top Regional School to Attend Delaware Jefferson Awards Ceremony

April 29, 2016:         3 Names to National Office for Top School Going to National Ceremony in June

May 16, 2016:           National Judging Begins

May 31, 2016:            National Winners Chosen

June 15-16, 2016:     National Winners announced at Jefferson Awards National Celebration, Washington DC

Delaware’s Service Superstars for 2015-2016!

Posted by on January 22nd, 2016

Winners of the Students in Action Award for Outstanding Community Service:

Dickinson High School, June Winner

Felicity Foracher Dickinson

Dickinson High School, May Winner

Tyler Morgan Dickinson HS

Dickinson High School, April Winner

Dickinson Winner 1

Dickinson High School, March Winner

Dickinson Winner 2

Dickinson High School, September, October, and November Winners

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Dickinson High School, December Winner

Garrett Michaels

 

 

 

Dickinson High School, January Winner

Norberto Rivera

Dickinson High School, February Winner

Zhakee Ward

Newark High School, November Winner

Newark HS November Winner

Newark High School, October Winner

Newark HS October Winner

 

 

***MID-WINTER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 6TH***

Posted by on January 22nd, 2016

Due to the weather forecast for the weekend of January 23rd, the Mid-Winter Leadership Conference will now be held on February 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM-3:00 PM. We apologize for any inconvenience. For any questions please contact Michele Fidance at m.fidance@jeffersonawards.org or 302-295-0526.