This project will support funding for RAWS' student-led cohort (RAWS Jrs.) to participate in local and global projects. Students attend monthly virtual check in meetings in which they discuss in depth topics like public health issues and disparities that directly affect the minority community and their families. As an incentive for their involvement and leadership, RAWS Jrs. members receive first dibs on first-hand learning experiences, activities, retreats, and trip opportunities.
Our new virtual reality is taking our students away from interaction with friends and classmates. The retention rate for virtual learning is also significantly lower than what is portrayed in the classroom. Fear of the unknown can cause a lot of stress for students, parents, teachers and administrators. We all want to do our best in our community's education system, but there are pieces of the puzzle missing like lunch, healthy eating options and practices for both (even at home)
This project will provide students the opportunity for virtual extra-curricular programs and leadership opportunities. Students will be able to lead and host conversations focused on educational health awareness, prevention, and brainstorms ways in which we all can play a role in flattening the curve of families affected. As an incentive, student members are able to attend activities and educational trips which allow for them to be a pioneer within their respective community.
Students can take the skills learned as members and leaders and apply it to their professional or collegiate experience. Students will also be able to be voted in as e-board members, interns, and paid staff. With our new virtual reality, these kind of incentives promises student involvement, retention, and engagement.