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Volunteering to Teach STEM

Our National Youth Representative out of Arizona, Levi Haros, teamed up with The Supply Chain Management and Intel to provide a Supply Chain Management workshop for high school students at Desert Vista High School.  The workshop is to educate students about Supply Chain Management and the importance of STEM.  Almost all college students studying Supply Chain Management have never heard of the major prior to attending a university.  As one of the leading technology companies around the world, Intel wanted to increase the awareness and interest of Supply Chain Management & STEM in elementary, middle, and high schools.
Supply Chain Management is all about logistics.  Supply Chain Managers plan, organize, and control to purchase raw materials, manufacturing, and the transportation of materials across the country and the world.  These materials can be anything from food products at your local grocery store to trial medication for cancer treatment.  The goal of a supply chain manager is to be efficient, to have all items from Point A to Point B in a timely manner.  There are three components to supply chain: source, make, and deliver.  There are many things that go into the process: production, inventory, location, transportation, information.
With Intel, Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Michigan State University’s Broad College of Business, Levi Haros, helped teach a cell phone game incorporating Supply Chain Management.  The point of the game was to fulfill the demand of the customer and to have the highest profit.  The students were paired up in groups, and each given 5 cell phones.   There were also different suppliers: Supplier A, B, and C, each having different prices,
capacities, and lead times.  Each time was given a demand, then needed to buy or sell given each demand.  It was their choice to choose which supplier, teaching them forecasting, sourcing, and risk.  Students calculated their ending inventory, unmet demand, and the penalties associated with the two.  At the end, the team with the highest profit, successfully succeeded in the Supply Chain world, and ultimately, won the game.

There are many surprising statistics regarding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) majors in the United States.
The National Math and Science Initiative & U.S. Department of Education reports:
• 38% of students who start with a STEM major do not graduate with one
• In recent years, men held a supermajority of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering
• While engineering has the highest median earnings, less than 20% of students choose to study it as a major
• Women make up 23% of all STEM jobs, but 48% of the workforce
• There has been an 11% decline (from 40% in 1981 to 29% in 2009) in science research, which restricts growth in the science field and a reduction in research
• STEM careers will increase by 14% from 2010 – 2020
• In the United States, only 16% of students interested in a STEM career are proficient in math

Greenwich High School's Teens Teach Tech Program

Today, I cannot imagine life without technology. I check my iPhone every hour to respond to emails, frequently work on school projects through Skype, and coordinate extracurricular projects through Facebook groups. Unfortunately, far too many senior citizens have never received the necessary education to experience the myriad benefits of technology.

This year, I strived to change that through my Teens Teach Tech project. I applied for a Teens Teach Tech grant as the Vice President of Student Concerns in my high school’s Student Government. In our grant proposal, my Student Government colleagues and myself created the blueprint for a technology program that would target elderly citizens at our local senior center: Greenwich Adult Day Care.

We knew many of the seniors with whom we would work had never before used a digital device. For this reason, we planned a series of workshops through which Student Government volunteers would work one-on-one with seniors on handheld devices, such as iPads. These volunteers would capture the seniors’ interest in technology by teaching them to play fun brain games, and then move on to more advanced skills. For example, the final two Teens Teach Tech workshops I led revolved around teaching the seniors to send emails.

Within the workshops we implemented, volunteers truly enjoyed engaging the senior citizens through brain games such as Unblock Me and Rosetta Stone’s Fit Brains Trainer. Almost all the seniors with whom we worked developed a keen interest in using digital devices. During one of our last workshops, I felt deeply fulfilled to witness two seniors – who were utterly unfamiliar with computers before the program started - carrying on a rapid-fire email conversation.

I am grateful to VolunTEEN Nation and AARP Mentor Up for allowing me the opportunity to increase access to technology for senior citizens in my community.

Renovating a Home

On Valentine’s Day, Levi Haros along with The Hispanic Business Students Association at Arizona State University volunteered with Habitat For Humanity.  Levi and HBSA renovated a house in Casa Grande, Arizona for a woman and her family in need.  The organization was split into different teams.  While one team laid down protection in the newly installed wood floors, other members scalped the backyard of any weeds, and lastly, others leveled the front yard and poured new rocks in the front yard.  Within six hours, The Hispanic Business Students Association at Arizona State University transformed the bare house into a home ready to move in!  

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit that was founded 1976 by the Fuller family. The organization is committed to eradicate the issue of poverty housing.  The organization renovates old houses and builds new buildings in urban areas. Within the nonprofit, there are a number of programs such as: A Brush of Kindness, Neighborhood Revitalization, & Disaster Response.  The houses that they build are modestly-sized and built to reflect the local culture.  

The Hispanic Business Students Association is committed to build students at Arizona State University personally, professionally, and academically.  The organization regularly volunteers to build its community through service projects. 

The Power of $100

Frosted glass, cold feet, and pulsing hands graced across the ice rink in an effort to sponsor a family on and provide gifts for those who are underprivileged. VolunTEEN Nation Ambassador Sharlena Luyen coordinated this family event to create a type of cheer worth spreading. She wanted to show everyone what this holiday season was all about -- giving happiness. With this in mind, Sharlena had over 100 supporters come out to the rink and skate, along with special guest Miss Teen Regional US Shayauna Mellin to support the cause. At the end of the night, Sharlena raised enough money to sponsor nearly three families on CommuniGift, purchasing essentials from shoes and educational toys to coats and pants.

After the event, she realized the power of a single hundred dollar bill. With this, she challenges everyone to take part in an upcoming project, "Feed 100 people for 100 dollars."

The Servie Challenge

The popularity of the selfie is phenominal.  Selfies are the most well recognized trend among social media users, but they paint an incomplete picture of their subjects.

The Servie Challenge launched by VolunTEEN Nation Ambassador Kate Parchman is designed to allow social media users to show a more complete picture of themselves.  Servies are images of individuals/groups engaging in acts of service to others and posted on social media sites with the #serviechallenge.

Servies do the following:

1. Serives show a more complete picture of an individual, going beyond physical appearance to highlight interests, talents, character and dedication.

2. Servies share ideas for service opportunities. Many willing individuals wish to serve but do not know what groups or organizations are in need of assistance.  Also, first time volunteers may wish to share the experience with a friend, and servies can help volunteers to connect and coordinate efforts, leading to an increase in volunteer support for the organization and a more fulfilling experience for the volunteers.

3. Servies raise awareness, highlighting issues, needs and solutions to problems in our local communities and around the world.

4. Servies inspire others and impact communities:  Servies show needs being met, lives being improved and communities changing for the better.

5. The Servie Challenge is a great way to show, share and increase your impact on the world.   What you need to do for the Servie Challenge is post servies  to your profiles and then challenge other social media users to do the same.  Servies can change the world, but you have to take the first step. 

Post your servies with #serviechallenge.