Behind the Scenes at YWCA ‘Unique Boutique’

Posted by on December 4, 2012

service learning at Minnesota School of BusinessStudents in the Global Citizenship class at the Minnesota School of Business-Moorhead campus have been learning all quarter about the value of getting involved in the community. Those students had the chance to make a difference in Fargo-Moorhead, all while getting into the holiday spirit.

The group worked together on a project to help those less fortunate by assisting the YWCA Cass-Clay with preparations for their annual holiday event, Unique Boutique. This event offers clients in the YWCA’s women’s and children’s shelter a chance to shop for presents. All gifts are donated by generous community members.

Preparing for the event requires significant behind-the-scenes organization, and our Global Citizens came to the rescue.

“It was great and fulfilling for our students to help make this a special holiday season for those in the shelter,” said Minnesota School of Business instructor Kristi Leverson. “They worked well together and had a lot of fun doing it.”

Students sorted, arranged, displayed, and prepared the facility for the big event, and learned greatly about the community needs the YWCA Cass-Clay fulfills.

The YWCA Cass-Clay on average has over 65 women and children staying in the shelter. Having community partners like Minnesota School of Business is key for the organization to be successful in its mission.

“We appreciate everything that Minnesota School of Business has done for us over this past year,” said Executive Director, Erin Prochnow. “It’s partners like this that give the opportunity to help so many people that truly have nowhere else to go.”

The campus has also participated in numerous other YWCA activities, including the Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser and Women of the Year banquet.

The Global Citizenship course at Minnesota School of Business teaches students the value of service-learning by integrating meaningful community service with instruction and reflection. Students learn what it means to be a responsible citizen in their communities. Learn more at

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