A lot can happen in 12 months.
For example, in the past 12 months, Youth Action Hudson has had
More than 80 volunteers
provide more than 1,500 hours of service
to more than 5,000 individuals
in 6 communities
Let's take a look back on all the amazing work our youth volunteers did this year!
In February- we raised more than $2,000 through our Empty Bowls event. With the help of local businesses and restaurants, we were able to serve more than 200 bowls of soup to community members. Our youth were able to present Duana Bremer, executive director of Grace Place, with a $2,000 check!
In April, we helped make prom dreams come true for more than 40 youth in surrounding communities through our All Dressed Up program!
We also had more than 35 YAH youth volunteers take part in our Spring Peer to Peer program. Through this program, our youth present on a variety of topics to Hudson Middle School students. Topics include health & wellness, social media, confidence, and what it's like to be in high school!
In May, YAH had the opportunity to continue our Water Walk program in partnership with Camp St. Croix's Earth Day celebration! This program is designed to raise awareness of water scarcity and provide educational opportunities for children!
In June, YAH was honored when our youth were asked to plan games and activities for children at Hudson's Relay for Life event! Our students organized face painting, hula hoop contests, hair braiding and a lolli-pop tree for all the children in attendance!
In July, YAH volunteers had the opportunity to help Grace Place with their transition to their New Richmond Facility through their "Christmas in July" Salvation Army program!! We rang bells at County Market in Hudson to help raise money for Grace Place!
Also in July, our volunteers got their hands dirty, while helping to keep the St. Croix River clean! In partnership with River Awareness Week, we held our annual River Cleanup event!
On August 25th, more than 100 dedicated Hudson High School students gathered at Camp St. Croix for our annual Leadership Day Program! Students heard from STLF representatives about the STLF Pay it Forward tours, as well as from students who have gone on previous tours! Other breakout sessions included team building exercises on the obstacle course, taking part in a QPR Suicide Prevent Training, and hearing from a social media expert from Globe University!
October and November were a whirlwind of exciting events for YAH! We went on our 3rd annual Students Today Leaders Forever Pay it Forward Tour, where we traveled through the midwest doing service for communities and visiting colleges!
November, we headed to elementary schools throughout the Hudson School District for our Fall Peer to Peer program! We had more than 60 student volunteers put together presentations on "Steps to Respect" an anti-bullying curriculum to present to all the 5th grade students in the district!
In December, we held our annual Youth Action Hudson Fundraising Breakfast. We had four incredible youth speakers talk about their experiences with YAH and how their involvement with YAH has benefited them. It was amazing to hear directly from our youth about the impact that YAH has!
In December, we also had another opportunity to help Grace Place reach their holiday season goal of raising $130,000 through Salvation Army bell ringing! We danced and sang the night away outside of Family Fresh in Hudson!
YOUTH DRIVEN PROGRAMS
This year was particularily special due to the number of truly youth driven programs we had! The following programs were created, developed, and facilitated by our youth. It is so amazing to see what they can think of and how they are giving back to their community!
COMMUNITY WIDE BOOK DRIVE
Summer of 2014 - Deena Whitwam and Jonah Mahowald organized a community wide book drive. In two days, more than 15 volunteers went door to door soliciting book donations and collected more than 1,800 books! Around 1,300 of these books were sent to a library in Africa through an organization called Hand in Hand for Literacy. The remaining 500 books will be donated to Grace Place.
50 States Postcards!
Fall 2014 - Lindsay Tvedt brought forward an idea about making postcards all about the 50 states to send to a friend of hers who is teaching in Rwanda! We had tons of fun creating postcards with interesting facts about the 50 states and helping her teach her students about America!
Operation Christmas Child
Winter 2014 - Clare Weber organized Operation Christmas Child for YAH, Hudson High School student council and her church. YAH packed more than 10 boxes with toys, games, candy and trinkets that were sent to Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago!
Those are just SOME of the highlights from the past 12 months. We could write an entire book about all the amazing work our volunteers have done!