Giving Back in Arcadia University

14 13And one of the main things I have learned while in college is that anytime you have the opportunity to give back, then do it. And this idea of giving back has been introduced to me while I was with the One by One Leadership foundation as well. This semester, I had the opportunity to gather a group of friends and we helped wash 1,000 handmade bowls, for Arcadia’s annual Empty bowl benefit dinner. Although, it was extremely cold and my hands were freezing, I didn’t stop because I knew each bowl was needed in order to feed people who don’t know where their next meal will come from. Also, I am currently working with Cindy Rubino, the coordinator for the community service office at Arcadia University and every spring she takes 40 students to Immokalee and completes a service project and I’m helping her with ideas of what my community needs help with and the issue I want to address is the need for reconstruction of trailer homes in Immokalee.

Sharing Knowledge & Experience

By surrounding myself with great leaders from the One by One Leadership foundation, I have learned that it’s all about giving back to your community and recognizing your experience and sharing what you have learned. Also, the One by One Leadership foundation members, have introduced me to the concept of grants and how to write an outline for a grant and how to build connections. Using the skills I have learned and being able to speak to Marketing professionals such as Scott J. Sterling, and understanding different concepts of branding and how non-profit business works is a great feeling. One of the main things I have learned is that you have to be able to connect with people who are more knowledgeable about certain topics and listen to what they have to say and learn about what they have been successful in.

Connecting People & Opportunities

12I met so many people, including these two young ladies, who are also leaders in their own communities. They have introduced me to several non-profit organizations in Philadelphia. And I’m building my networking connections with various organizations such as the Jewish Relief Agency, Simply equal Education, and Schools for sustainability, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I met with Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso, the founder of Schools for sustainability and she told me she will be more than happy to offer me an internship to write grants.

Immokalee BETA Club Makes History

Immokalee High School Beta @ National Convention
Immokalee High School Beta @ National Convention

Funded In part by a grant from 1 by 1 Leadership Foundation, the Immokalee High School (IHS) BETA Club made history once again at the 34th National BETA Convention held in Richmond, Virginia at the end of June. This year’s convention theme “Making History with BETA” held true for the Indians as they were crowned the national champion in the character skit category – a first-ever for the Immokalee High BETAs. The team of 55 students also took the national championship in the campaign skit category, second place in group talent and scrapbook, and fourth place in banner. IHS Junior Regine Francois finished in the top three in the national BETA secretarial race.

BETA Club sponsor Linda Ayer says, “We had a very inexperienced group, but with the leadership of a few talented seniors, our performances were amazing! Our legacy remains strong!”

BETA stands for Better Education Through Achievement. The club motto is “Let us lead by serving others,” and club members do a lot of school and community service work throughout the year.

Next year, Immokalee High will celebrate 60 years since the school’s BETA Club was chartered. Students and club sponsors sincerely thank their loyal supporters for helping them to continue, make history.

Results – Giving Back State Farm Update

Giving Back with Meals of Hope
When the Youth Advisory Board “Giving Back” project launched on October 2, 2013, dozens of Immokalee High School students pledged to use the Meals of Hope project as their service learning focus.

Eight and half months later, they participated in three Meals of Hope events and alone produced over 100,000 meals for the schools, making up for last year, by mobilizing ten times the number of students participating in the annual Food Bowl and won by Immokalee.

They helped manage the Holiday from Hunger event where 2,000 volunteers packed a half million meals on Christmas Eve. A month later, on February 1, 2013, the Giving Back team organized their own event at the High School that produced 52,488 meals and involved students, community members and students from Ave Maria University. The event was managed by the volunteers from the Redwood Football Team. The students earned service time and more importantly learned how to make giving back happen.

Additionally, four student teams mentored by project partners followed the University of Nebraska “From Concept to Consumer, Food Product Development” course and on their free time. They learned to decide, discover, define, develop and deploy a new food product from start to finish. The results of their effort are the four student designed food products promoting Immokalee and its agricultural products.

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Their “ I-Burger; Heart of Flavor Salsa; Saborsito Sensacional Spices; and Sunny Home Orange Chocolate Chip Cookie” are the result of their service learning and demonstrate how their teamwork with the support of the community can make a lasting contribution. You too can join in this exciting work. You too can help us explore how better nutrition can help students. Contact us today for more information.

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When school is out this summer sports teams will be participating in training camps and, but at some level 1 by 1 youth will continue their service and service learning by marketing their products, organizing more Meals of Hope events in Immokalee and collaborating with their partners and the Immokalee football team on nutritional surveys. Recent graduates will spend their time planning how to use their Giving Back skills when they return to their college campuses in the fall. The future of Immokalee is encouraging once you meet these youth committed to cause greater than themselves.

Global Impact Workforce Development

Each year, nearly a billion families in underdeveloped countries rely on kerosene lamps for light – a dangerous and often deadly situation. Some 4,000 children under five are killed daily from the off-gases produced by lamps using kerosene as fuel.

Immokalee was identified as an ideal resource market for a rural outreach project by New Vision Renewable Energy to develop a light source product and a distribution channel to get the new light sources to these countries, with the goal of ultimately eliminating the inherent threat to other young people in similar economic circumstances.

With an eye toward creating learning activities that offer real-life opportunity, One by One Leadership Foundation also partnered with 3M to offer students the opportunity to learn the science of building LED lights and using solar panels to charge the batteries, as a part of a new Engineering Academy program being implemented in Collier County Public Schools.

“The goal is to embed employable, skills-based learning into traditional academic programs,” says John Lawson, executive director of One by One Leadership Foundation. “Immokalee will reap benefits by engaging in this manufacturing concern and teaching its kids how to build these lights; at the same time the students have tremendous empathy for communities even poorer than ours and our kids appreciate, more than you can know, that they’re helping those other kids to thrive and survive. It’s definitely a win-win situation.”

Led by the Immokalee National Honor Society, a handful of students have so far produced 22 completed units in just a semester of work. But, if a grant request to Bank of America becomes reality, the effort could become an international project and a big boost to the local economy.

Immokalee Bulletin – Lessons learned from a legend

Updated September 5, 2013 at 01:32PM

“Life is a team sport . . . It’s about trust.”Student athletes from Immokalee and from Maryland gathered August 29 to share a meal and hear from a legend whose influence has been felt far beyond the basketball courts of his playing days.

One by One Leadership Immokalee arranged the event, dubbed “Hall of Fame Dinner.”Reid Carpenter, president of One by One Leadership Immokalee, noted that the One by One Leadership is hoping to make it an annual event, part of a Hall of Fame weekend.

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Immokalee Bulletin – Immokalee students plan to “Give Back”

by Patty Brant Immokalee Bulletin Updated October 3, 2013 at 11:26AM

Immokalee folks know a little about food production.

That’s exactly the starting point for a group of young students interested in building a future for themselves and also for this community. They’re calling their project, Give Back to Immokalee.

Last week a group of 1 By 1 Foundation members, their supporters and these young people from the Give Back Initiative came together to show their appreciation to State Farm for a grant that will be a huge boost to the students and their plan.

Using the Meals of Hope project as a base, these students are looking toward creating new food products and possibly businesses and jobs to broaden Immokalee’s economic base for themselves and for others.

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Giving Back Initiative

The “Giving Back” program involves working with students to develop Presentation Skills, Community Engagement. Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Breaking Through Barriers

Food ProductionThe concept is simple: give kids what they need to get the most out of their education, then show them how they can use those skills to improve their community.
For example, believing that the root causes of low income most often occur in rural agricultural areas, One by One applied for and received an $84,000 State Farm Youth Advisory Council grant to jumpstart a food business development project at Immokalee High School.

It allowed four competitive student teams to try and produce, then market, a new food product, using local food resources and advice from their principal project partners, UF/IFAS Extension 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture programs, Ave Maria University, Immokalee Chamber of Commerce and local independent consultants.
The goal was for the teens to see that the opportunity to make money exists by buying and selling agricultural products at the right time and to also see how they can help build a healthier community in the future.

Slider10bWith speakers and guidance from experts, such as the CFO of Sara Lee, the director of UF’s extension office, the founder of Meals of Hope, a bank president and more, the effort quickly mushroomed into a sort of shark tank of business immersion program, according to One by One executive director, John Lawson. “The youth got to experience all aspects of the supply chain,” he explained. “These kids are serious about developing an Immokalee product in Immokalee that will be an asset to community pride.”

But, Giving Back didn’t stop at creating four new recipes; the project called on the teams to develop packaging and branding; create labeling that meets federal guidelines; obtain government oversight of mass distribution; and produce products in a way that meets food industry requirements.
“The dream is to build a test kitchen through another nonprofit partner, IMBIZ, that would move cottage industries, like the tamale lady, into larger-scale production,” Lawson said. “It’s an investment opportunity for creating broader economic impact.”

Slider3bUpon being questioned by agriculture business executives about business plans, feasibility studies and marketing strategies during the product development phase, the students cast an eye to the future, founding a chapter of Rotary’s Interact Club that calls on business students to help continue funding the food project.
They also were asked to help manage a Meals of Hope food packing project, which drew more than 2000 volunteers who prepared more than half a million meals for the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Then, taking on leadership roles in their first solo meal packing event, those 16 students organized a competition among area businesses, clubs and schools that resulted in production of 52,000 meals to be given to the most deserving local residents.

“This has been a prime example of how a hands-on activity teaches young people that working together can positively affect many others, but it has also shown how a plan in motion becomes its own source of energy, setting the path for success at Giving Back,” said Lawson.

CenturyLink gives local 4th and 5th students bikes for digital media course completion

Florida Communty Bank Manager Adrian Marin, presents a $2,500 check for the One by One Leadership to its Executive Director John Lawson. The funds will help the organization with a computer program request.
Florida Community Bank Manager Adrian Marin, presents a
$2,500 check for the One by One Leadership to its Executive Director John Lawson. The funds will help the organization  with a computer program request.

As reported in the Immokalee Bulletin August 23, 2012

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On Friday, Aug. 17, representatives from CenturyLink presented 15 new bicycles to the third and fourth grade students who completed a five week summer digital media
course provided by One by One Leadership Foundation of Immokalee.

Sinclaire Williams is the program director of One by One and managed the program. During the computer training program the youth learned to tell their personal stories
using digital media. The children were referred to the program by Immokalee Housing and Family Services, a not for profi t company providing housing, education and other social services in Immokalee for 101 families.

Attending the presentation in addition to parents, students and family members were Jim Lamb, local administrator for CenturyLink, Rob Roache Area Vice President-RMG Business Sales Southern Region, Debbie Gainor, Area Operations Manager for the South Region Andrea C. Dyer Program Manager and Brian Hamman,
Manager Market Development.

John Lawson, executive director of One by One Leadership Foundation thanked them for their interest in helping the youth of Immokalee as did Susan Golden, executive
director of Immokalee Housing and Family Services.
Rob Roache V.P of CenturyLink, spoke about his work in an international telecommunications business and the rapidly changing role of technology in education. He encouraged the youth to use the bikes safely and to keep developing their computer skills.

This message was echoed by the Collier County Sheriff ’s deputies’ community policing unit, Sgt. Pat Lawson and Cpl. Wendell Davis who provided back packs and helmets
to those receiving the back-to-school gifts.

Sinclaire Williams presented the students with certificates of completion and e-readers to students and volunteers. This year’s program was funded in part by Florida Community Bank. Also assisting in the program were; Cristina and Daniel Fernandez. For more information about the program, contact Sinclaire Williams at 239-249-9970.