The group was presented with the EDUCATION Promising Practice Award on May 15 at the United Way Worldwide Community Leaders Conference, held in National Harbor, Maryland. They were among the nine student United Way clubs celebrated for their innovative approaches to giving, advocating and volunteering to improve lives and communities.
The Ithaca College students were honored for their integral role in launching the UWTC Youth Venture program for high school students, by providing seed funding to the Youth Venture teams and helping them develop skills in leadership, communication, research, fund-raising, budgeting and marketing.
In turn, the high school students are developing three programs: a gender equality curriculum for elementary school students, a social media initiative that redefines standards of beauty and a club that provides extracurricular activities for 6th graders.
Tompkins County was the only community that had two winning campus organizations, as Cornell University Student United Way was honored with the GIVE Promising Practice Award, for serving as the primary funder of the Stephen E. Garner Summers of Service internship/job program.
“These awards speak volumes about the engagement, caring and capacity of Cornell and Ithaca College students,” said UWTC president and CEO James Brown. “UWTC is honored to partner with the students on this important work that is strengthening our area today and for years to come.”
The campus groups have been invited to present their promising practices at the annual Student United Way conference being held in September in Alexandria, Virginia.