3rd Annual Mid Winter Conference
Posted by Michele Fidance 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.