Massage therapy students at Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center have been busy volunteering at a number of community events throughout the Early Fall quarter, allowing students the opportunity to gain invaluable experience beyond just improving their massage skills.
“Community involvement is important to both the school and the students’ futures.” MSB-BC massage therapy program chair Stephanie Petersen said. “Volunteering gives students experience in not only massage, but also networking and marketing.”
Most recently students offered chair massages to participants at the annual Brooklyn Center Business Association golf tournament fundraiser. As a member of the BCBA, this was a great opportunity for MSB-BC to showcase one of its programs to the local community.
Students were also asked to donate massages at the first annual Naked Foot 5K run held at Lake Nokomis in August, which helped raise money for those who cannot afford shoes of their own. Immediately after the race ended, runners eagerly lined up to receive neck, back, shoulder and foot massages.
In July students helped raise funds for people affected by the tornado in northeast Minneapolis by offering massages for a small donation at an event sponsored by Dynamic Youth.
Petersen said the students participating at off-campus events are enhancing their resumes and making themselves more marketable through the simple act of volunteering.
“Volunteering was cited as one of the most important items to include on a resume by massage business owners.” said Petersen. “Employers love to see that potential employees are proactive in getting involved with the community and potential clients.”
Petersen added that the Brooklyn Center campus implemented a volunteer incentives program to its students as a way to say ‘thank you’ for giving their time. Each quarter students compete for prizes along with the opportunity to receive their own massage from the program chair by filling up a punch card for volunteering at various events.
“The students enjoy volunteering and love the added benefit of getting a reward for their hard work.”