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Volunteering to Teach STEM

Our National Youth Representative out of Arizona, Levi Haros, teamed up with The Supply Chain Management and Intel to provide a Supply Chain Management workshop for high school students at Desert Vista High School.  The workshop is to educate students about Supply Chain Management and the importance of STEM.  Almost all college students studying Supply Chain Management have never heard of the major prior to attending a university.  As one of the leading technology companies around the world, Intel wanted to increase the awareness and interest of Supply Chain Management & STEM in elementary, middle, and high schools.
 
Supply Chain Management is all about logistics.  Supply Chain Managers plan, organize, and control to purchase raw materials, manufacturing, and the transportation of materials across the country and the world.  These materials can be anything from food products at your local grocery store to trial medication for cancer treatment.  The goal of a supply chain manager is to be efficient, to have all items from Point A to Point B in a timely manner.  There are three components to supply chain: source, make, and deliver.  There are many things that go into the process: production, inventory, location, transportation, information.
 
With Intel, Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business, Levi Haros, helped teach a cell phone game incorporating Supply Chain Management.  The point of the game was to fulfill the demand of the customer and to have the highest profit.  The students were paired up in groups, and each given 5 cell phones.   There were also different suppliers: Supplier A, B, and C, each having different prices,
capacities, and lead times.  Each time was given a demand, then needed to buy or sell given each demand.  It was their choice to choose which supplier, teaching them forecasting, sourcing, and risk.  Students calculated their ending inventory, unmet demand, and the penalties associated with the two.  At the end, the team with the highest profit, successfully succeeded in the Supply Chain world, and ultimately, won the game.

There are many surprising statistics regarding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) majors in the United States.
 
The National Math and Science Initiative & U.S. Department of Education reports:
• 38% of students who start with a STEM major do not graduate with one
• In recent years, men held a supermajority of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering
• While engineering has the highest median earnings, less than 20% of students choose to study it as a major
• Women make up 23% of all STEM jobs, but 48% of the workforce
• There has been an 11% decline (from 40% in 1981 to 29% in 2009) in science research, which restricts growth in the science field and a reduction in research
• STEM careers will increase by 14% from 2010 – 2020
• In the United States, only 16% of students interested in a STEM career are proficient in math

Greenwich High School's Teens Teach Tech Program

Today, I cannot imagine life without technology. I check my iPhone every hour to respond to emails, frequently work on school projects through Skype, and coordinate extracurricular projects through Facebook groups. Unfortunately, far too many senior citizens have never received the necessary education to experience the myriad benefits of technology.

This year, I strived to change that through my Teens Teach Tech project. I applied for a Teens Teach Tech grant as the Vice President of Student Concerns in my high school’s Student Government. In our grant proposal, my Student Government colleagues and myself created the blueprint for a technology program that would target elderly citizens at our local senior center: Greenwich Adult Day Care.

We knew many of the seniors with whom we would work had never before used a digital device. For this reason, we planned a series of workshops through which Student Government volunteers would work one-on-one with seniors on handheld devices, such as iPads. These volunteers would capture the seniors’ interest in technology by teaching them to play fun brain games, and then move on to more advanced skills. For example, the final two Teens Teach Tech workshops I led revolved around teaching the seniors to send emails.

Within the workshops we implemented, volunteers truly enjoyed engaging the senior citizens through brain games such as Unblock Me and Rosetta Stone’s Fit Brains Trainer. Almost all the seniors with whom we worked developed a keen interest in using digital devices. During one of our last workshops, I felt deeply fulfilled to witness two seniors – who were utterly unfamiliar with computers before the program started - carrying on a rapid-fire email conversation.

I am grateful to VolunTEEN Nation and AARP Mentor Up for allowing me the opportunity to increase access to technology for senior citizens in my community.

Promoting Peace in St. Louis

On August 9th, the history of St. Louis was changed. This marked the untimely death of Michael Brown, which was followed by many days of unrest in the Ferguson community. These protests not only affected the surrounding communities of St. Louis, but the whole entire world. 

I thought that applying to the peace in St.Louis grant would be a good idea. My friends and I came up with the idea of a 'meet a police officer' event held at a Ferguson-Florissant school district preschool class. 

The event was held on Thursday, March 19 at the preschool classes of Cool Valley Elementary School. Detective Susan Adams from the Normandy Police Department came and talked to the children about stranger danger, types of street signs, and public safety. They even got to ask some questions. 

The kids also got to make a 'stop light' snack made of graham crackers, yogurt, and fruit, as well as draw pictures of what they learned during the talk. 

To conclude the day, the children got to look inside and sit in a police car. They were also able to take home a bag filled with police stickers, a small pullback police car, and a police badge. 

Renovating a Home

On Valentine’s Day, Levi Haros along with The Hispanic Business Students Association at Arizona State University volunteered with Habitat For Humanity.  Levi and HBSA renovated a house in Casa Grande, Arizona for a woman and her family in need.  The organization was split into different teams.  While one team laid down protection in the newly installed wood floors, other members scalped the backyard of any weeds, and lastly, others leveled the front yard and poured new rocks in the front yard.  Within six hours, The Hispanic Business Students Association at Arizona State University transformed the bare house into a home ready to move in!  

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit that was founded 1976 by the Fuller family. The organization is committed to eradicate the issue of poverty housing.  The organization renovates old houses and builds new buildings in urban areas. Within the nonprofit, there are a number of programs such as: A Brush of Kindness, Neighborhood Revitalization, & Disaster Response.  The houses that they build are modestly-sized and built to reflect the local culture.  

The Hispanic Business Students Association is committed to build students at Arizona State University personally, professionally, and academically.  The organization regularly volunteers to build its community through service projects. 

The Power of $100

Frosted glass, cold feet, and pulsing hands graced across the ice rink in an effort to sponsor a family on CommuniGift.com and provide gifts for those who are underprivileged. VolunTEEN Nation Ambassador Sharlena Luyen coordinated this family event to create a type of cheer worth spreading. She wanted to show everyone what this holiday season was all about -- giving happiness. With this in mind, Sharlena had over 100 supporters come out to the rink and skate, along with special guest Miss Teen Regional US Shayauna Mellin to support the cause. At the end of the night, Sharlena raised enough money to sponsor nearly three families on CommuniGift, purchasing essentials from shoes and educational toys to coats and pants.

After the event, she realized the power of a single hundred dollar bill. With this, she challenges everyone to take part in an upcoming project, "Feed 100 people for 100 dollars."