For Derrick Isaacson, Francisco Moran and Julia Simons, all students in Jay Moore’s Global Citizenship class at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee, helping others was at the forefront of their minds during fall quarter 2012.
The students spent the quarter working with Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization that provides hand-packed meals formulated for malnourished children in nearly 70 countries worldwide. The organization’s vision statement reads: “With God’s help Feed My Starving Children will strive to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world by helping to instill compassion in people to hear and respond to the cries of those in need.”
Through their experience, the students worked with other local volunteers to pack meals consisting of chicken, rice, soy, and vegetables.
“In addition to the students making a difference in the community locally, nationally and even internationally, students are also building a strong skillset that will be important to their success in any career field,” Jay Moore, applied learning coordinator at Minnesota School of Business-Shakopee, said.
The experience not only helped a great cause, but also prepared students with critical skills that will play a vital role in their futures. At the end of the quarter, the students shared with their Global Citizenship class the key understanding they gained through their active participation in the community:
- How many people are affected by starvation, why and how they are affected, and what can be done to help
- What it takes to help your community, and work with and communicate with them
- How to work with new people of different ages, gender, cultures, etc.
- How to utilize new thinking, communication and coordination skills
- How to adapt to a new work environment
“Through their active participation in service learning and applied learning projects, students are establishing connections and strengthening their resumes by adding relevant experience,” Jay added.
Feed My Starving Children is just one of many organizations Minnesota School of Business students support through the school’s dedication to applied learning experiences.
To learn how you can get involved with Feed My Starving Children, visit the organization’s website.