Monday, August 18, 2014

LGH Summer Nexus Students Raise $1400 Towards Jonathan's Dream Reimagined

Fifteen students from thirteen area high schools participated in the August session of Summer Nexus 2014. Summer Nexus is Leadership Greater Hartford's week-long leadership program for urban and suburban high school students that fosters connections and community involvement through interactive workshops and service learning activities.This latest session launched with an overnight retreat at Trinity College where the teens got to know one another through teambuilding activities.
A major component of Leadership Greater Hartford program’s is to encourage participants to plan, design and implement a service project for the region. Numerous nonprofit organizations submitted project proposals. Ultimately, the students selected the project they were most passionate about: organizing a fundraiser to help rebuild Jonathan’s Dream, the country’s first boundless playground located at the Mandell Jewish Community Center. The original Jonathan’s Dream was torn down in 2013 due to safety concerns. All week, students worked hard to solicit donations and prepare to host a car wash and bake sale. Additionally, students created a fundraising guide for future students who wish to raise funds to help support this initiative. Summer Nexus would like to extend their thanks to Bob Amenta from Modern Tire in Rocky Hill for hosting the event. Students raised over $1,400 to go towards this great cause.

In addition to the community service project, Summer Nexus participants enjoyed workshops in public speaking, personal finance, diversity, college prep, decision making, problem solving and social media responsibility. Students participated in a tour of Hartford with the goal of learning the history and rich culture of the city. Each day students had an opportunity to meet community leaders who are doing innovative and valuable work in their own communities. This session, students met with representatives from AT&T, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the Hartford Fire Department, the Hartford Board of Education, Trinity College, Leadership Greater Hartford & two State Representatives.  These leaders imparted words of wisdom to our next generation of young leaders and we thank them for volunteering their time with the Summer Nexus Class.

Leadership Greater Hartford is very proud of Class 8. We look forward to seeing what amazing things these bright, hardworking young students can accomplish.

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