Globe Students Pay it Forward

Teaming up with Great Rivers 2-1-1 Part II

Meghan and her Service-Learning Group

Meghan and her Service-Learning Group

After much hard work, Global Citizenship students presented their completed service-learning  projects to members of Great Rivers 2-1-1, on how they created awareness for the organization’s Runaway Bridge Program, an emergency youth shelter, that works to resolve issues and reunites youth with their families.

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 is curriculum as a teaching method that connects academic study, practical experience and civic engagement.

One of the three groups created greater awareness for the Runaway Bridge Program by visiting local businesses, such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the libraries. They hung flyers and handed out brochures about the program to educate the community.

“This project allowed us to do a hands-on approach to becoming a global citizen,” said Meghan Gaul, a first-quarter Veterinary Technology student, whose responsibility was to connect with the La Crosse Main Street library. “Global citizenship to me, after completing this project, is someone that is willing to help out others in the community.  By helping one person and passing it on could potentially help another. . . . I almost see it becoming a ‘pay it forward’ type situation.  One good deed can affect someone’s life or even allow them to do a good deed.”

Amy Kuester, Certified Information & Referral Specialist for Great Rivers 2-1-1 agrees, “It was very interesting to hear about the student’s experiences with their projects.  There were also some great ideas generate for future projects.  We hope to partner with Globe University again.”

Great job paying it forward Globe-La Crosse students!