Building the Community Through Family Pathways Opens Eyes to Local Needs

Posted by on June 27, 2012

Global Citizenship students contribute and learn about three different areas of Family Pathways: the Teen Center, Food Pantry, and Thrift Store

No matter who you are, you really can make a difference in the lives of others. This was just one of the lessons Global Citizenship students from Minnesota School of Business in Blaine took away from their work with Family Pathways. Family Pathways is a non-profit organization that provides aid, support, and resources for families, adults, senior citizens, and youth in communities in Chisago, Isanti, Pine, Kanabec, and Mille Lacs counties.

Students from the class assisted at the food pantry, thrift store, and teen center. At the food pantry, students stocked the shelves with donated food, assisted clients who needed food, and learned about scheduling. At the teen center, the students hung out with the youth, and played games with them including air hockey and Dance Mat.

The programs offered by Family Pathways are mostly funded by the thrift stores. Programs include food shelves, senior services, youth services, advocacy, and thrift stores. Family Pathways depends on volunteers with the programs to help build stronger communities.

“This experience provided me with an insight into the lives of people who are generally overlooked, and viewed in a certain way,” says Sarah Everett, Global Citizenship student. “From this experience, I learned that no matter who you are, you can truly make a difference in the lives of others. I also learned that helping each other is how we grow as individuals.”

Service and Applied Learning projects are a big part of the curriculum at all Minnesota School of Business/Globe University campuses. In several courses throughout their program, students are able to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to serve needs in the community.


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