Step Up Cincinnati - 9/11 Youth Challenge

                The impact of Step Up Cincinnati- 9/11 Youth Challenge will strive to capture the community spirit of the city’s youth, and empowering them to continue to commemorate and give back to their communities!

In such an important year for Americans to remember & pay tribute to the lives & heroes of September 11th, 2001, Step Up Cincinnati -9/11 Youth Challenge will educate & instill commitment to giving back to the community in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky youth. UGIVE.org, in partnership with the Jefferson Awards out of Washington D.C. & Children’s Inc. are preparing for the largest day of Youth Service in the mid-west. Over 600 student volunteers, from over 20 area high schools, will register & commit to the morning of September 10th, 2011 in serving the needs and challenges within the Greater Cincinnati community. UGIVE.org is a non-profit, web-based site that specifically targets ages 13-19 in learning about philanthropic ideals, their passion for giving, and empowering them to become life-long givers. Through Step Up Cincinnati-9/11 Youth Challenge, UGIVE.org along with partnering organizations, hope to 1. Remind the youth of the tragedy & tribute they will honor by participating in the 10th anniversary day of service, 2. Provide reflection & discussion time after each service project with a group lead in order to connect the power of collaboration on community impact, and 3. To educate students and adult volunteers on the national community establishments that have been created to revisit the national spirit & strength in numbers committed to the cause includes them! UGIVE.org has secured not only the partnership of the Jefferson Awards for Youth & Children’s Inc., but also the organizations listed: The Bethany House, Fernside, FreeStore Food Bank, The Proscan Fund, Visions, American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Dress for Success, Granny’s Garden, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding Center, The Cincinnati Zoo, Crayons 2 Computers, VISIONS, Starfire, the USO, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Mercy Franciscans at St. John,  Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati, The Salvation Army Newport, Urban Orchards, Lighthouse Youth Services, and American Red Cross.

                Each of these service activities will address needs of the Greater Cincinnati community, from acknowledgment of the homeless population to assisting cancer patients at Hope Lodge. Each volunteer opportunity will address a category of service that deals with one of the following; Disabled/Elderly, Impoverished, Children, Animals, Environment. All categories that make up community needs and challenges to address. Students will learn about the non-profit’s mission from a volunteer coordinator, and will then begin their group projects specially designed by UGIVE.org & the individual non-profit. Service projects will aim to focus elements of need that the non-profit, with support from the community and volunteers, attempts to address. This activity will go from 9am to 11am on September 10th, 2011. After the project is completed, students and adult volunteers will begin a discussion & reflection segment for approximately an hour. Through a series of prompts & questions, students will discuss their reasons for serving, how the National Day of Service includes their efforts for their community, and learn about some of the national efforts that have been established to commemorate & call to mind the community spirit that unites us all.

                UGIVE.org has become a trusted & remarkably dependant source for youth opportunities city-wide. Our marketing division utilizes social media venues from facebook, blogs, and twitter to reach a new age of tech savvy youth. School visits and presentations also allow for interface and encouragement to grab friends and volunteer together! UGIVE.org also provides a simple yet unique perk to volunteering through our website…the tracking of all student volunteer hours with organizations! Every student who registers and signs up to volunteer with UGIVE.org has an automatically generated service resume that is available to them for college, job, and grant/scholarship applications.