Welcome to the Student Service 2013 Project Update
MEF has supported the Student Service projects now for three years. We have enjoyed this tradition of standing behind the idea that our local student population in Nebraska needs to learn how to serve, develop leadership skills that will enable them to become leaders in 21st century, and to accomplish those goals while helping others achieve the same.
MEF projects are typically focused on the third world but we continue to believe that we have a responsibility to reach the community that rests in our own neighborhood as well.
Though Nebraska boasts of a superior educational system, there have been substantial decreases in high school graduation rates among hispanics, blacks and Native Americans. They have continued to be significantly lower than among other races (source). In our area, 2,335 students did not graduate in the 2009-2010 school year. It is clear that we have work to do.
A strategic way to combat these trends is to improve the leadership abilities of the students within the system. As such, MEF seeks to continue the work in funding a student service project that provides a training camp, equipping young people in leadership qualities and understanding in how to lead educational seminars across the Omaha metro area. These week-long educational seminars are designed to encourage a number of character qualities that tie directly into an increase in educational standing and sociological development.
The cost of the student service leadership camp and the ongoing educational weeklong seminar is estimated to be 10K.
Training Camp: May 26 - June 1, 2013
Graduation Ceremony: June 1, 7:30 pm
Educational Seminar Work: June 3, 2013 - August 16, 2013
Official SS 2013 Wrap Up Meeting: August 16, 2013
The training camp was highly successful. There were 60+ students in attendance along with a number of staff. All told, there were 8,760 training hours completed (total students x length of training). All students who attended the training camp passed the evaluation requirements.
A total of 92 educational seminars were accomplished in the greater Omaha metro area. There were additional gatherings in broader Nebraska, Iowa and an additional number in Minnesota. A total of 1000 young people attended these unit offerings. According to all reports, the students who attended the camp demonstrated excellence in leadership and quality in service.
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