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Partnering again with Longsjo Middle School in 2017 has been rewarding for UWYV as well as the Longsjo students. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful collaboration. 

Teams Launched to Date:

2017 – 2018

Hope Givers
Cancer is already an extremely difficult battle for families and the person suffering with the disease, but here comes the Hope Givers with exactly that….HOPE! These students provide a distraction to these families, in the way of toys and games while they have extended stays at local hospitals. They are engaging their school community by doing fundraisers to help raise money for gifts.

Big Donations for Tiny Lives
This group of students are making a big difference in the lives of tiny animals. They were inspired by the model of the UWYV program that just because they were young didn’t mean they couldn’t make a difference. They involve their school community in helping them raise funds to donate to animal shelters.

Animal Rescue League
Animal League to the Rescue! This team goes out into the community to learn the needs of shelters and help to rescue pets that have been left out in the cold. They implement service learning into their Venture by volunteering at local shelters. They also collect donated items to help offset the shelters’ spending costs.

2018 – 2019

Inclusion Illusion
Inclusion Illusion is a Longsjo Middle School Youth Venture Team that is creating a unified sports team at their school. Through their fundraising efforts, this Youth Venture Team is also providing social supplies for the inclusion classes. Inclusion classes are made up of students with disabilities that learn alongside their non-disabled peers in general education classrooms. This motivated Team of sixth grade girls spends their ELT helping students in the inclusion classes by teaching them social skills. They are also playing with and teaching inclusion students basketball and volleyball, with the ultimate goal of creating a unified sports team. These girls are inspiring other students to get involved as well – six other students are on board to help this Team succeed. These girls are positive role models and mentors inspiring AND motivating through inclusion and what it means to be inclusive.