The Jenzabar Foundation’s Student Leadership Awards is an annual competition that recognizes student-led campus groups and projects that have made a significant contribution to better the world outside of their institutions of higher education.
The Student Leadership Award recipients have exemplified a commitment to making a difference in the world either through ongoing activities or through the completion of a project during their academic year. Award recipients are honored at Jenzabar Foundation events taking place across the country, starting with a ceremony during Jenzabar’s Annual Meeting (JAM). Each Student Leadership Award winner receives a grant to continue their work.
The following lists the accomplishments of a few of our past Student Leadership Award winners and serve as examples of the more than 40 student groups that have been recognized for their work:
African SOUP – Berry College
The African SOUP, a student run project in 2010 submitted a proposal to Jenzabar outlining their plan for consistent and strong reliable resources of education, healthcare, and every day living products to the nearly two million orphans in Uganda. African Soup had created an event on campus where individuals within the community were able to participate in a “soup off” and attendees tasting soups would donate to the project for entry. The money raised began the relationships in Uganda and grew the project from it’s infancy to a campus community activity.
Today, The African SOUP has grown from a project to a non-profit and has helped hundreds of orphans in Uganda. After using the grant from The Jenzabar Foundation to build up resources, African SOUP became an non-profit, and created a “SOUP site” in Uganda complete with a “SOUP school” to educate children and families on the importance of education and personal hygiene. Over the last year, many community leaders, from students to doctors have volunteered their time and resources to the SOUP to assist in changing the trend of the rise of orphans.
For more information and to follow the progress of African SOUP – please visit: www.theafricansoup.org
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) – Flagler College
Flagler SIFE prepares student leaders to create a better world for everyone. Their outreach programs are designed to create economic opportunity for others by helping them solve real world problems. Flagler College SIFE has developed the Containers for a Cause program that will use old shipping containers to start a new life for the homeless. The mission of Containers for a Cause is to address the underlying causes of homelessness by creating a transitional housing center with treatment and training facilities.
Starting 11 years ago with four students, today this team has now grown to over 70 members. Flagler SIFE has competed in 10 national championships and has won two in 2004 and 2009.
For more information please visit: www.flagler.edu
SOURCE- Claremont McKenna
SOURCE was founded in 2005 by two Claremont McKenna students, Mike Peel and Danny Hayman. After interning with non-profits, they began an experimental collaboration with two local organizations. They received generous start-up funding from the Kravis Leadership Institute and the City of Claremont and expanded SOURCE to six consulting teams. Before graduating, Peel and Hayman set up a sustainability plan for SOURCE: two students would manage the organization and leadership would be passed down as individuals graduated. In 2010, SOURCE formed an Advisory Committee of experts to provide strategic insight to SOURCE’s management.
SOURCE promotes non-profit growth through a variety of services. They deliver value-added products that increase the sustainability and success of our non-profit clients.
SOURCE partners with nonprofits and today continues to provide all the above resources to the partnered nonprofit though consulting and community partnerships. Today SOURCE expanding from assisting two nonprofit to developing a team and partnering with 6 nonprofits. A grant from The Jenzabar Foundation and other funding allowed SOURCE to hire more consultants and develop marketing materials that resulted in expansion of the nonprofits that assist. The team is broken out into 3 consultants per nonprofit and then the consultants involve community members, college students, and a variety of volunteers to ensure the nonprofit has the support system to have all areas needed matched and successful.
The Philips Brooks House Association – Harvard University
The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) is a student-run, community-based, nonprofit public service organization at Harvard University. PBHA is the umbrella organization for 86 student-directed programs, supported by full-time staff members. Together, these programs strive for change on multiple levels in the Boston and Cambridge communities. PBHA’s dual focused mission is to provide vital resources to local communities and grow public service leaders. Often called “the best course at Harvard,” PBHA programs provide students with experiences and wisdom that cannot be learned within classroom walls. At the same time, by utilizing student initiative and working in close collaboration with constituents, our programs meet genuine community needs in innovative ways.
In 1904, six organizations formally organized themselves into the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), and by the 1920s all of the religious groups had withdrawn from the organization. The Social Service Committee and several offspring philanthropic groups continued to serve the mission of PBHA in a nonsectarian manner. Early efforts included placing students at settlement houses, organizing clothing and book drives, and financing missionaries to serve in Asia. During the two World Wars, PBHA volunteer services dwindled, but new services included a Red Cross center, a lounge for ROTC units, and the Harvard Mission Program, which assisted workers in Albania and Turkey.
PBHA today is comprised of more than 85 programs, with over 1400 volunteers participating in a wide range of service activities. The cabinet, still at the heart of governance of the organization, continues to play an important role in setting and managing the vision for PBHA as we head into our second century.
weServe – Drexel University
weServe initiative is led by Drexel University’s Biomedical Engineering students to find opportunities and support students who elect to complete Co-ops as volunteers in health facilities in the US and globally using their biomedical engineering skills and understanding of local needs.
Through this student leadership, the program has now established relationships in The Gambia and Mozambique for any Drexel University student who wishes to participate in the “weServe” program. The program is designed with three key elements: Service, Leadership, and a sub-curriculum that expands the student’s educational experience.
weServe is designed by and for students to build partnerships through service and leadership, enabling them to enhance their academic and professional experiences. Through weServe, students gain firsthand exposure to various clinical environments healthcare needs, and disparities at a local and global level. They address these unmet needs by service through innovation, exercising creativity when confronted with real-world problems, and apply their education to the immediate benefit of patients or communities.