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generationOn Empowers Youth

Published September 2, 2011

Do you believe in the power of kids to change the world? How about the power of service to change the lives of kids?  generationOn does!

We are so excited to welcome generationOn to the Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism.  Shammara Wright, Senior Manager of After-School Programs and Laura Rog, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, will each be presenting a workshop.  Both workshops are appropriate for service-learning practitioners (teachers) and community organizations interested in partnering with youth programs.

generationOn is a global youth service movement that partners with teachers, parents, schools, community organizations and businesses, to give youth the opportunity to see firsthand the issues in their communities and the tools and resources they need to respond and become part of the solution. 

Research shows that service strikes at the root causes of the dropout epidemic, yielding measurable outcomes, including improved academic achievement, increased critical thinking and work skills, and reduction in risky behaviors, class failures and suspensions. Service increases attendance, builds stronger relationships between teachers and students, improves academic performance and motivates students.

Service is more than a cultural value. It is an essential tool to the development of the next generation and a powerful lever for the education and life success of all children.  generationOn offers curriculum resources, lesson plans, toolboxes, and special initiatives.  Their comprehensive toolbox helps young people become healthy, empowered, creative problem-solvers and community leaders by experiencing their power and potential via service, service learning, and giving back.

Shammara Wright will conduct the session ‘Combating Childhood Obesity through Service-learning,’ highlighting the tools needed to combat childhood obesity through service-learning in ways that create academic, personal and civic results in youth, facilitators and the community.  You’ll learn why service-learning is a good fit for addressing childhood obesity and how your program can implement curriculum that makes it easy to teach about nutrition and physical fitness, parental and community involvement, building partnerships and addressing real community needs through service.

Laura Rog’s workshop, “Making Service-learning Count After-School,” will highlight the benefits of service-learning and teach the steps and tools needed to create academic, personal and civic results. You’ll discover why service-learning is a good fit for after-school and how your program can capitalize on community partners and parents to foster positive changes in youth and community.

 We hope you’ll join us at one or both sessions.  For more information or to register for the Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism, click here.