Globe-La Crosse Students Help Bridge the Gap

Teaming up with Great Rivers 2-1-1

This past Monday, April 23, Global Citizenship students presented proposals to Great Rivers 2-1-1, to demonstrate how they can aide in creating awareness for the organization’s Runaway Bridge Program, an emergency youth shelter, which strives to resolve issues and reunites youth with their families.

Theresa Morey and Fellow Global Citizenship Students Preparing for Their Presentation to Great Rivers 2-1-1

Theresa Morey and Fellow Global Citizenship Students Preparing for Their Presentation to Great Rivers 2-1-1

Required by all students, Global Citizenship is a general education course that educates
students on how to communicate effectively with community members from all different backgrounds.  The course, like many at Globe University, implements service-learning into its curriculum as a teaching method that connects academic study, practical experience, and civic engagement.

“Service-learning provides students with an opportunity to apply what we’re reading about and discussing in the classroom in a dynamic way that will have a positive impact in the community.  I think the students are anxious to implement their ideas and help make more people in La Crosse and its surrounding communities more aware of the programs and resources that Great Rivers 2-1-1 can direct them to,” said Kathy Sims, Service Learning Coordinator and Instructor for this Global Citizenship class.

All sixteen Global Citizenship students from the Monday afternoon class, split into three groups and decided they could create more awareness for the Runaway Bridge Program by educating other youth organizations, businesses, and schools in the area about the program that has been underutilized.

Theresa Morey, a first-quarter Veterinary Technology student, is new to service-learning and is very excited to work alongside Great Rivers 2-1-1.  “Learning about these groups and getting the message out there, so they can help the people they are there for is really important,” said Morey.  “They say the best way to learn is to get out of your comfort zone.  By overcoming these challenges, I’ll be learning how to get involved in the community.”

“We are very pleased to partner with Globe University to help raise awareness of these two valuable community programs. It has been exciting to hear the ideas from the students and see their enthusiasm.  We look forward to seeing how they progress and what comes from this effort,” said Amy Kuester, Certified Information & Referral Specialist for Great Rivers 2-1-1.

To learn more about the Runaway Bridge Program, check out the Great Rivers 2-1-1 website.