Students of L’Anse Creuse high school rewarded by the United Nations Association – Macomb Daily


Commitment to community service may not mean a paycheck, but it can have many benefits, as four students at United Nations Association of the United Nations High School L’Anse Creuse recently learned. United.

Students at Harrison Township School have applied for and won individual national community service awards from the United Nations Association in the USA and InnerView.

Freshman Sidney Bates won the Ambassador Award for over 100 hours of community service. Bates was also recognized for a Michigan Community Impact Award, which is also part of the Michigan Governor Youth Award Program. Senior Emma Jasina and sophomore Jacob Mason won merit awards for more than 20 hours of community service. Junior Liyah Swope received a Zero Hero Award, which is presented by Kroger in addition to InnerView and the United Nations Association. This recognition is offered to students who volunteer to help communities eliminate waste and hunger.

Community service coordinator at L’Anse Creuse secondary school, Julie Rickel, said that while freshmen are required to do 40 hours of community service, sophomores 30 and juniors and seniors 25 , these students went well beyond the requirements.

Bates, 14, has devoted much of his community service to helping homeless people and animals. She worked on Hiker Box for the Homeless, which involves assembling backpacks for the homeless. In February, Bates raised more than $5,600 in cash and goods for his For the Love of Pets campaign to benefit All About Animals in Warren. All About Animals is a non-profit organization that offers pets for adoption, trapping, spaying, a return program to help stray cats, and other veterinary services such as spaying and neutering. Since 2017, Bates has collected donations worth more than $16,000 for the animals. She said she hopes to set an example for others her age by showing them that they can bring about positive change in their communities.

“I try to be the example and say, ‘Hey, you can do this,'” Bates said.

Jasina, 17, said one of her favorite community service projects involved working at Camp Invention through L’Anse Creuse Public Schools.

“This year I worked in a Red Cross blood drive, it was pretty cool. Last summer, I worked at Forgotten Harvest, the food bank, it was also a very good opportunity. And then, the summer of my freshman year, I volunteered at Camp Invention, a science and math camp for elementary school kids,” Jasina said.

Jasina said she has completed more than 150 hours of community service and will attend the University of Detroit Mercy in the fall.

“I’ve always been a go-getter and always do more than I’m asked to do, and also just because it was good for college,” Jasina said of her community service.

The National Community Service Impact Awards are available for US high school students. They link student community service activities, skills development, and progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The goals were adopted by UN member states in 2015 and set out 17 goals to improve the world by 2030. Student participation is free.

Rickel said she notified students of the online awards opportunity through school communications and websites, and that students applied for the awards on their own through InnerView.org. She learned that the students only applied after receiving a letter listing their awards in May.

For this year’s awards, students submitted community service activities between June 1, 2021 and April 15, 2022 as part of their application. Through the rewards program, students develop a digital service resume to help them with job and college applications. L’Anse Creuse Secondary School was one of 526 schools nationwide with winning students recognized under the program.

The United Nations Association of the United States of America is a grassroots movement of Americans who support the work of the United Nations in American communities, colleges, and Congress. It is a program of the United Nations Foundation. The organization has over 20,000 members and more than 200 chapters across the country. It has a national network of youth engagement, advocacy, education and events. Members are focused on a commitment to global engagement and the advancement of the UN’s mission as well as the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

InnerView Technologies is a youth platform that helps students, groups, and schools highlight the impact of community service and connect local efforts to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The organization consolidates middle and high school service activities through individual service resumes for students, facilitating national service awards, group and school infographics, and more.

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