Student projects

#ThankAPrincipal Video Contest is Back

This October marks another year celebrating National Principals Month, which means another year of amazing dance moves and lip syncing from our video contest entries.

To celebrate National Principals Month, we are encouraging principals and advisers to get their students involved in creating a video that speaks to all the great things their principal does for the school and community. (more…)

One Student’s Past Shapes the Future for Others

The subject of undocumented immigrants has sparked vitriolic rhetoric on the presidential campaign trail. But, for student Carolina Gonzalez, the topic is a very personal one.

At the age of 15, she founded a nonprofit that helped more than 500 undocumented immigrant teens apply for temporary residence and employment in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Her nonprofit—Deferred Action for Dreamers (DAD)—raised more than $22,000 to help young immigrants pay the $465 application fee and get pro bono legal advice. (more…)

What Paying It Forward Really Means

Jake Gallin, a national honoree in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, is all about giving back. The Prudential program, co-sponsored with NASSP, is the nation’s largest youth recognition program based solely on student volunteer service. The program is accepting applicants who have exhibited extraordinary volunteer service through November 3.

As one of 10 national honorees, he won a $5,000 cash prize and a $1,000 cash award as his state’s top honoree. And in the true spirit of community, Jake gave it all away.

Maybe you need to learn about Jake and the volunteer activity that earned him this acclaim to understand his selfless act. (more…)

A Vision to Serve

Raghav Ganesh is a 13-year-old whose own vision—both literally and figuratively—is helping the visually impaired. Raghav was one of 10 national winners in the 2015 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Outstanding student volunteers are now being sought to enter the 2016 competition.

After watching a documentary, Raghav was “stunned” to learn that 90 percent of the blind are unemployed and 82 percent are 50 years of age or older. That inspired him to design and build a device that uses sensors to detect objects beyond the reach of the white canes used by many visually challenged people. (more…)

Food for Thought: Get Inspired by Uncanny Student Service Projects

We can learn a lot from the students around us—not only do they have tons of energy, but they often have tons of creativity. As the holidays approach, your student groups may be preparing a dizzying array of service projects.

Canned food drives are a common service project during this time of year. Your students, however, might be getting tired of the “same old thing.” If your students are ready to shake things up, check out the National Student Project Database. (more…)