The Jefferson Awards for Public Service

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service

Students In Action

 

Students In ActionThe mission of the Students in Action program is to train student leaders to effectively engage their school communities in meaningful volunteer service that positively impacts the greater community. High school students, with the assistance of a few key adults, gain leadership skills and participate in service-based learning utilizing three key program pillars guided by seven achievable goals.

THE THREE PILLARS OF STUDENTS IN ACTION:

LEADERSHIP
ENGAGEMENT
IMPACT
Students In Action aims to develop student leaders to prepare them for a future of guiding and inspiring others toward creating communities which serve the needs of its members. We provide training to high school students that teach these leadership skills, and encourage real-world practice to develop and master them.
Students in Action understands the power that a group of people has to impact the world for the better, and to be role models for others to follow suit. Our student leaders promote the value of service, and grow the level of participation of various groups within the school community, in efforts to improve their communities. Students In Action works with students to consider the positive impact they wish to have on their community, and to develop processes for measuring that impact. Given the various environments our students operate within, we seek to reward ongoing efforts to develop these measurement systems rather than rewarding the results themselves.

REACH THE THREE PILLARS
THROUGH THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF SEVEN KEY GOALS:


GOAL 1: ENGAGE THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY
Define your community, build awareness to expand service, and involve members in of your community in both SIA activities and school wide service efforts.

GOAL 2: ESTABLISH AN EFFECTIVE SIA SPECIFIC LEADERSHIP TEAM
Establish a leadership team, set a vision and goals, plan and execute.

GOAL 3: EXPAND VOLUNTEER CAPACITY
Increase volunteer service by making it easier to serve; track volunteer hours.

GOAL 4: EXPAND FINANCIAL CAPACITY
Leverage resources to implement your ideas; invest them back into the community and increase the capacity for service.

GOAL 5: TELL SERVICE STORIES
Create a plan for communicating the positive impact of your service and that of outstanding volunteers to the broader community.

GOAL 6: GROW AND EXPAND THE MISSION OF STUDENTS IN ACTION
Build partnerships with other youth outside of your school community to encourage them to become involved in the mission of Students in Action.

GOAL 7: INNOVATE

It sets out seven (7) Goals for student leaders to tackle as they grow both their leadership skills and the overall culture of service in their school.

Through leadership conferences and in-school meetings, students explore topics including:  Understanding Self and Values, Ethics, Working as a Team, Fundraising, Communications, Critical Thinking, Marketing, and more.

Students have collaborative opportunities with leaders from other schools, and may compete to represent their region at the Jefferson Awards National Gala in Washington DC. SIA is free and open to any high school.

As SIA continues to grow, it became clear that we need to bolster our leadership team with the addition of a National SIA Director. Thanks to the very generous support of Board Members Hillary Schafer and Mark Shafir, this has taken place.

In ten years, we'll be in 2,000 high schools, effect 2 million students and provide 25 million hours of service, valued at $500 million.

"Deloitte is proud to have played a lead role in creating Students In Action. We're introducing the joy of service to thousands of students. Our SIA training provides them with invaluable life-long leadership skills. We're changing lives."

Jack Russi,
Vice Chairman and National Managing Partner,
Corporate Development
Deloitte LLP

     
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Delaware First Lady Carla Markell with
Jefferson Awards Students In Action
participants

Students celebrating their service at the
National Youth Service Summit
in Cincinnati, OH

Leadership Training for
Chicago Student Leaders by the Illinois
Institute of Technology

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Students from Charleston's School of the Arts
Cleaning up a local beach

Board Member Hillary Beard Schafer at the Jefferson Awards Ceremonies

Jefferson Awards Student In Action student leaders
from Adlai E. Stevenson High School

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Jefferson Awards recipient Bill Shore,
founded Share Our Strength to end
hunger in America and around the world

U.S. Senator Al Franken speaking at the Jefferson Awards National Report to
the U.S. Senate

Students In Action school
St. Benedictine Academy participates
in leadership training

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2011 Benedictine Academy Parochial High School wins
best new SIA high school

Good Will Industries volunteers mentoring high school students

Habitat For Humanity Help

Zoe Ridolfi-Star
Lincoln Park High School
San Rafael, California

Zoe Ridolfi-Starr sings the praises of the Jefferson Awards. "The Jefferson Awards -Deloitte training is different than anything else we had in school. They want us to THINK BIG and follow our passion. It's all about empowerment and building self-confidence, followed by training in practical, real-world skills. We're full of energy and have dreams of changing the world. We're not afraid. The Jefferson Awards provides encouragement and sustained support."

In 2009, after seeing so many people suffering from Hurricane Katrina, Zoe organized for 15 students and three adult chaperones to go to New Orleans over spring break to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. Zoe's vision then was to launch a national service project and show that students have power and can be agents of change. Today Zoe's vision is global. She's building schools in rural India.

Zoe Ridolfi Star Students

Ariana Taveras
Benedictine Academy Parochial High School
Newark, New Jersey

Benedictine Academy, an all-girls parochial high school in Newark, New Jersey, entered the Jefferson Awards - Deloitte Students In Action program in September 2010. Benedictine Academy is an inner-city school. 60 percent of the families qualify for federal assistance. In their first year, they won "Best School" from New Jersey, and won the national award for "Best New School -2011." Benedictine Academy is testimony that the Jefferson Awards is changing lives.

Junior, Ariana Taveras, reports, "Young people are usually told all the things they can't do. The Jefferson Awards message is Yes, You Can. Go with your instinct and you CAN make the world a better place. Then they showed us how. How to write a power letter. How to public speak. How to build teams."

Faculty member, Linda Michalski, Theology Chairperson, expands on this. "The Jefferson Awards was a true watershed moment for Benedictine. We were already doing service, but the Jefferson Awards challenged us to THINK BIG. It was very empowering. Instead of doing very nice, but small community volunteering, we reached out and involved the Mayor, the statewide media, the United Nations in our student-led campaign to help stop human trafficking worldwide."