“You don’t have to write rules about how to make communities better, you just have to understand.” - Joe Crookham, founder UCU
The 2018 Understanding Community Understanding winners have been selected. Find updates and details here.
Mark Viloriaof Leander, TX - “It’s Kool to be Kind” Kindness initiative implemented into area elementary schools. Reported interim progress as of March 1:
Introduced his initiative to two schools.
Established a point-of-contact with the social emotional learning department to broaden the program to 23 additional schools in the Round Rock Independent School District.
Began training underclassmen to continue the program after graduation.
Shakonna Sudds of Shreveport, LA – Understanding JROTC program Improving awareness of the character-developing benefits of JROTC Reported interim progress as of March 1:
Began creating awareness of JROTC programs through video alongside student testimonials.
Highlighted the JROTC programs the Continuous Improvement Project and the Service Learning Project.
Nikolas McNeal of Oregon, OH – Bleeding control student education program Mass trauma training and trauma kits for schools Reported interim progress as of March 1:
Created website for his program.
Confirmed funding resources.
Sourced training tools and trauma kits.
Scheduled training workshops.
Created a plan to sustain the program after graduation.
Christine Nguyen of Edmond, OK – State cancer initiative Legislation and supplies in support for cancer patients Reported interim progress as of March 1:
Gained recognition as a school organization.
Established officer team and monthly meetings with 72 current members.
Weekly workdays have produced blankets, hats and scarves.
Partnered with Walmart and collaborated with three additional high schools to organize state wide and local knit-a-thon events.
Allison Sellers of Temple Terrace, FL – Human trafficking awareness program Organize awareness of human trafficking in FLA and support of the A21 campaign Reported interim progress as of March 1:
Volunteered at awareness organizations.
Met with school administration to plan awareness assembly.
Organized a student volunteer program and an awareness walk.
Scheduled presentations in schools and civic organizations to encourage community participation.
Gabrielle Henderson of Woodlands, TX – Kindness and charitable awareness community program Community program to collect yarn, knit hats for babies and distribute them to hospitals and cancer centers Reported interim progress as of March 1:
Hugely successful yarn drive involving 14 schools and groups
Partnered with local restaurant for a “pop-up” and one-day percent-of-sales donation
Organized knitting workshops producing a large number of hats.
Instituted testing, tagging and distribution.
Created website and social media campaign.
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