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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

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. 

The Power of $100

Frosted glass, cold feet, and pulsing hands graced across the ice rink in an effort to sponsor a family on 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."

The Servie Challenge

The popularity of the selfie is phenominal.  Selfies are the most well recognized trend among social media users, but they paint an incomplete picture of their subjects.

The Servie Challenge launched by VolunTEEN Nation Ambassador Kate Parchman is designed to allow social media users to show a more complete picture of themselves.  Servies are images of individuals/groups engaging in acts of service to others and posted on social media sites with the #serviechallenge.

Servies do the following:

1. Serives show a more complete picture of an individual, going beyond physical appearance to highlight interests, talents, character and dedication.

2. Servies share ideas for service opportunities. Many willing individuals wish to serve but do not know what groups or organizations are in need of assistance.  Also, first time volunteers may wish to share the experience with a friend, and servies can help volunteers to connect and coordinate efforts, leading to an increase in volunteer support for the organization and a more fulfilling experience for the volunteers.

3. Servies raise awareness, highlighting issues, needs and solutions to problems in our local communities and around the world.

4. Servies inspire others and impact communities:  Servies show needs being met, lives being improved and communities changing for the better.

5. The Servie Challenge is a great way to show, share and increase your impact on the world.   What you need to do for the Servie Challenge is post servies  to your profiles and then challenge other social media users to do the same.  Servies can change the world, but you have to take the first step. 

Post your servies with #serviechallenge.

Teens Taking Action

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead. This thought really struck home for two sophomores who had a passion for volunteering in their community. In the spring of 2013, Morgan and Rachael started a service club called Teens Taking Action at their high school in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The club is focused on counteracting poverty in the Twin Cities through volunteer work at local organizations. 

They wanted to give students an opportunity to volunteer more regularly in order to spread volunteerism in their community. Members of the service club choose to volunteer at organizations and causes they are passionate about. The service club as four main issues they take action against: hunger, homelessness, lack of necessities and aiding in healthy community relations, in order to counteract poverty. 

The club meets every month during the school year and strives to complete at least two volunteering projects each month. What began as a small group of 15 friends has grown to more than 50 members. The club even completes volunteer projects during the summer. Some examples of organizations they have volunteered with include Second Harvest Heartland, HandsOn Twin Cities, The Sandwich Project, ICA Food Shelf, Salvation Army, and Caring for Cambodia, Cheerful Givers, The Humane Society, Operation Gratitude and Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. 

However, the club’s biggest accomplishment was receiving a grant from the organization Katie’s Krops to start their very own vegetable garden, where all the vegetables harvested would be donated to their local ICA food shelf. Over 170 applicants applied for Katie’s Krops 2014 Grant Cycle and Teens Taking Action was one of the 31 grantees to receive funding. Teens Taking Action also received donations of seeds and plants from a local greenhouse and their city also donated a 20 X 20 plot for them to grow on. They began planting in mid May and the garden has been flourishing since. Each week this summer the garden switches hands from various members. Two to three members will take care of the garden for a week. Responsibilities for managing the garden include weeding, watering, and if there is produce, delivering it to ICA Food Shelf. 

Morgan and Rachael, the founders of Teens Taking Action, are so thankful for the wonderful support from their members, as well as the support from their club advisor, community, and Katie’s Krops. 

Interested in learning more about Teens Taking Action’s service projects follow them on Twitter @TTA_MHS.