by Rachel Matvy, Guest Blogger
A group of high school students from American YouthWorks chose to run (or walk) in the Lights of Love 5K as part of a semester long service project benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC Austin). AYW uses Service Learning to help students become more engaged in their education by giving back. In other words, every student at AYW is engaged in service to the community.
Using their creative power, AYW students came up with ideas to raise money as a team: selling doughnuts and candy bars to AYW staff (so the team gets slim while the staff get…sweet treats) and they even organized a raffle with an iPod touch as the prize for one lucky winner.
During the semester, the team visited the Ronald McDonald House to learn more about how the organization benefits the community. While they are engaged in these types of real world activities, they are actually earning class credit in Professional Communications.
The ladies in this class say that they choose RMHC Austin because they wanted to support families. You see, these are a special group of young students; they are all parents who are working to get their high school diplomas. They understand the importance of family, and their own children are a huge motivating factor that drives them to finish high school. AYW helps these young parents by providing free, on-site daycare so that they can earn their diploma and get job skills. In return, the young moms and dads are paying it forward by helping the families served by RMHC Austin. We’re pretty proud of our AMERICAN YOUTHWORKS, Lights of Love Team!
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About Rachel Matvy:
Rachel Matvy works in Development and Communications for American YouthWorks, a nonprofit education and jobs training center that works with youth and young adults. Rachel was born in Tennessee where she attended the University of Tennessee (the other UT) and has lived in Austin for four years. She’s enjoyed training for the Lights of Love 5K with the AYW students, getting in better shape and supporting a great cause!