Bee Inspired offers many opportunities for teens aged 13-19 to get involved in Franklin, Hamilton, and Wright Counties! Check out our current youth development, service-learning, philanthropy and other groups below!
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SHIFT Happens sponsored their annual Dodge For A Cause 2019 Event on 2/22/19!
The SHIFT Happens group partnered with the Webster City Rotary Club for this year’s event. Funds raised went toward projects, programming, and services provided by the Bee Inspired Program through Building Families.
Below is information on the annual event!
Teams of 8-10 players being sought for Annual Dodge For A Cause Event!
- Tournament takes place in February/March
- It is typically held at Jeff Gym (located at the Webster City Middle School) in Webster City
- Check-in opens for teams at 5:30pm (Pre-Registration due by 3:15pm a week prior to the event)
- Teams may register up until the evening of the event
- First “throw” will START at approximately 6:00pm
- Cost is $50 Per Team (That is $5/player or find a Team Sponsorship for $50)
- Checks payable to: Building Families (Memo Line: Bee Inspired Program)
- 8-10 Participants on a team (NO MORE THAN 10 PLAYERS PER TEAM!!!)
- Team themes and/or costumes are encouraged (i.e. 80s, Camo, Disney Characters, Superheroes)
- Team names & themes MUST be appropriate, or the team will be asked to change it
- Prizes awarded to 1st place team members in all 3 brackets (middle school, high school, and family/community combo)
- All participants MUST have a waiver signed (even if age 18 or older)-See Back of Individual Participation Form
- Youth MUST have a parent/caregiver signature to participate if 17 & under
- Team Captain can submit 1 Team Form for the entire team
- Highlights & updates from the event can be found by following SHIFT Happens on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Individual Participation Form (all players on the team need to sign and submit a form)D4ACIndividualForm2019
Team Form (need only 1 submitted per team)D4AC2019TeamForm
Fierce competition on the court at SHIFT Happens Dodge For A Cause 2018!
2018 Dodge For A Cause- Photos Credit: Chris Jorgensen
The 2018 Event took place on 2/23/18. The youth and adults went Dodge Ballin’ For Cause at Jeff Gym. Approximately $750 in funds were raised, and will go toward launching a Youth Mentoring Program in the Webster City area.
SHIFT Happens Dodge For A Cause 2017 was a HUGE SUCCESS!
Students Helping IMPACT Future Teens…SHIFT HAPPENS! A youth-led group of 9th-12th grade students encouraging their peers to be above the influence through various projects and actvities in Hamilton County. The 2019 group has opted to focus on finding ways to give back at their school and in their community, as well as providing events that encourage youth-adult connections. The teens meet twice a month to plan out events in their school and in the community; with the help of community agencies.
Events & Awareness Activities over the past decade have included:
- Annual Take Strides From Drugs 5K Run/Walk
- Distribution of water bottles and snacks with information on the Social Host Ordinance
- Distribution of water bottles and snacks with alcohol/drug facts, prevention messages, and tips to be safe, sober, and above the influence during various High School events (i.e. Homecoming, Winterfest, Prom, and Graduation)
- Placed Alcohol Free Party Here and Those that Host Lose the Most signs in the yards of graduating seniors
- Sponsored substance-free events (Bowling Bash at WC Bowl, Annual End of the BBQ, Ugly Holiday Sweater Party, & more)
- Dodgeball Tournaments: Hit Me With Your Best Shot raised $300 in funds to help HERO and Save the Webster Theater; Dodge For A Cause raised just over $400 to be split between the Jorden Leeper Memorial Youth Scholarship Fund and future SHIFT Happens events and prevention activities, Dodge Ballin’ For Acceptance raised close to $1,000 to purchase items focused on peer engagement and inclusion in the special education classrooms throughout the Webster City CSD.
- Sponsored a Blend with Us Smoothie Event at Mornin’ Glory to help “blend” Webster City and Northeast Hamilton students thanks to funds allocated by Enhance Hamilton County Foundation through the Youth in Philanthropy Program
- Day on the Hill with Power up YOUth
- Hosted Senior Graduation Breakfast & Partnered with Mornin’ Glory for a Senior Hot Special before rehearsal
- Tobacco Prevention at Relay for Life
- Thru with Chew Week Activities
- Donated to Dance Marathon at the Webster City High School
- Invited Hamilton County CrimeStoppers to come and present & partnering with EHCF to create videos for teen-friendly messages about the TipSoft Program to play to School Classes
- Partnered with Power Up Youth to help plan the Hamilton County YOUth Summit and create the community world café piece
- Volunteered to help with the Warm Hearts, Warm Homes weatherization event in Hamilton County hosted by Central Iowa RSVP for multiple years
- Adopted tags off of HERO’s Angel Tree and purchased Christmas gifts for teens their age in Hamilton County
- & more!
Youth in Philanthropy (YiP)
YiP 2018-2019 Program
The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) Program allows juniors and seniors from Hamilton County to experience philanthropy first hand, by reviewing grants and awarding monies steered by their decisions to assist local non-profit organizations. A total of eight area students (four juniors and four seniors) participate in the Youth in Philanthropy Program and represent both the South Hamilton and Webster City Community School Districts.
Student Advisory members will receive a $250 scholarship for each year they participate as a Youth in Philanthropy member for a maximum scholarship of $500 from the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation.
For more information on the Youth in Philanthropy program, contact Tiffany Larson, Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (o) 515.602.6371 x 4 (c) 515.835.1836.
UPDATE: No additional applications are being accepted. All YiP members have been selected for the 2018-19 cycle. They are in the process of reviewing grants for the EHCF. Those award recipients will be celebrated at the Award Event on March 5th. Stay tuned for details on the 2019-2020 school year!
Tentative 2018-2019 Timeline:
- YiP Advisory Committee members will be recruited through an application process (students can be recommended by school guidance counselors and educators, outside agencies, and more). The Advisory Committee will consist of four (4) students from South Hamilton High School and Webster City High School (2 juniors and 2 seniors), plus the YiP Program Chair, Tiffany Larson of Bee Inspired CAPP Program through Building Families. For the 2018-2019 School Year, the students that served last year will be given the opportunity to serve again this year. This excludes the students that graduated. The empty spots will then be filled via the recruitment process.
- Goal: To engage youth in understanding the importance of philanthropy and introducing them to causes/needs throughout Hamilton County.
- Requirement: The Advisory Committee would perform under the same guidelines and act alongside the EHCF Grant Review Committee, by reviewing all incoming grant applications during a specified grant cycle.
Each member will be required to attend initial orientation meeting(s), tentatively set for January/February, to discuss the vision of the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation and to go through grant process including scoring information and deadlines. The meeting(s) will be led by Tiffany Larson (YiP Program Chair), with Rick Young (EHCF President) and Darcy Swon (EHCF Development Director) in attendance to answer specific Foundation questions. Each YiP committee member must review each grant score according to the Rubric that will be provided. There will be an Individual meeting and large group meeting(s) to help score. The totals will then be submitted to Darcy Swon (EHCF Development Director) for compilation. Tiffany Larson will share the scheduled sessions (with South Hamilton and Webster City) for YiP committee members to come and ask questions if they are needing some assistance understanding the grant application and process. At the meeting(s), YiP committee members will gather to discuss the applications and compile their recommendations. YiP committee recommendations will be submitted to the EHCF Foundation Board for review and approval. The ECHF Board will determine the total amount of funds that the YiP program can grant out per cycle prior to the grant cycle commencing.
YiP committee representatives will be a part of the EHCF Grant Awards presentation on March 5, 2019. All committee members MUST be in attendance to receive their scholarship(s).
- Scholarship: To entice students to participate in this program, each YiP committee member will receive $250 per year they serve on this committee. For those serving two years, they will receive a $500 scholarship. New this year is that all committee members MUST attend the Awards presentation in March to receive the scholarship. Tiffany and Darcy will generate a press release regarding the YiP program for distribution through local media, social media and the Foundation’s website.
For more information about the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation, the tools they offer the YiP Program, or additional questions, feel free visit their website at http://www.enhancehamiltoncounty.org, or contact Darcy Swon at 515.835.0437 or via email at email@example.com.
2018-2019 Grant Cycle-Tentative Dates
- YiP Program Advisory Committee Applications Due—Monday December 17th
- YiP Program Advisory Committee Members notified—prior to December 24th
- All EHCF Grant Applications Due—Monday December 31st
- YiP Advisory Committee Orientation/Meeting (South Hamilton and Webster City students together) — Sunday January 6th or Sunday January 13th (Location TBA)
- Initial Enhance Hamilton County Foundation Grant Review Committee Meeting with YiP Members —Thursday January 10th in Webster City at inTANDEM Workspace (Time TBA)
- Committees Review Grants – week of January 13th (South Hamilton and Webster City review separate from the adults)
- Grant Review Committees—week of January 21st (interviews with EHCF Board & grant applicants, if needed)
- Board Meeting—Wednesday February 13th (EHCF Board meets for approval of grant funding recommendations)
- Grant Applicants notified if receiving funds or not— week of February 18th
- Grant Awards Ceremony – March 5th at Briggs Woods Conference Center (YiP Program Members must attend to receive scholarships)
YiP 2017-2018 Program Outline:
1. Committee: YiP committee members will be recommended by school guidance counselors. Committee will consist of four (4) students from South Hamilton High School and Webster City High School (2 juniors and 2 seniors) plus the YiP Committee Chair, Tiffany Larson of BEE Inspired CAPP Program/Building Families.
2. Goal: To engage youth in understanding the importance of philanthropy and introducing them to causes/needs throughout Hamilton County.
3. Requirements: The committee would perform under the same guidelines and act alongside the EHCF Grant Review Committee by reviewing all incoming grant applications during a specified grant cycle. Each committee member will be required to attend an initial orientation meeting to discuss the vision of the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation and to go through grant process, including scoring information and deadlines. This meeting will be led by Tiffany Larson, YiP Committee Chair, with Rick Young, EHCF President, and Darcy Swon, EHCF Development Director, in attendance to answer specific Foundation questions.
Each YiP committee member must review each grant individually and score according to the Rubric provided. Individual scores will then be submitted to Darcy Swon, EHCF Development Director, for compilation. Tiffany Larson will schedule two sessions (one in the South Hamilton area and one in Webster City) for YiP committee members to come and ask questions if they are needing some assistance understanding the grant application and process.
A second meeting will be held and facilitated by Tiffany Larson, YiP Committee Chair, when YiP committee members will gather to discuss the applications and compile their recommendations. YiP committee recommendations will be submitted to the EHCF Foundation Board for review and approval by Darcy Swon. The ECHF Board will determine the total amount of funds that the YiP program can grant out per cycle prior to the grant cycle commencing.
YiP committee representatives will be a part of the EHCF Grant Awards presentation to be held mid-to later March.
4. Scholarship: To entice students to participate in this program, each YiP committee member will receive $250 per year they serve on this committee. For those serving two years, they will receive a $500 scholarship. Generate a press release regarding the YiP program for distribution through local media, social media and the Foundation’s website.
For additional information, contact Darcy at 515.835.0437, or visit http://www.enhancehamiltoncounty.org.
In the past, the Youth in Philanthropy (YiP) Program has consisted of a group of 9th-12th grade high school students reaching out to other youth-led organizations & encouraging them to apply for grant funds to complete projects and/or programs that would impact youth throughout Hamilton County. Past recipients have been youth leaders involved with school and/or community organizations, such as National Honor Society, Social Concerns, Student Council, FFA, 4-H, Church Groups, Boy/Girl Scouts, SHIFT Happens, and volunteers partnering with agencies like All Cultures Equal and Fuller Hall. Bee Inspired and collaborating agencies offered students and adult advisors in each district resources and support for:
1. Recruiting 9th-12th graders to help enhance Hamilton County!
2. Working with peers in their school district to spend the allocated funds on project(s) that enhance Hamilton County with the most impact!
Students in the South Hamilton and Webster City Community School Districts were encouraged to utilize the IPARDE Model (Investigation, Preparation, Action, Reflection, Demonstration, Evaluation) to plan and implement their community service-learning project(s)! All project requests were presented to the EHCF Board for approval, and again upon completion to celebrate successes.
During the 2014-2016 grant cycles, The Enhance Hamilton County Foundation Board opted to switch things up a bit by allocating $2,000 toward the YiP Program Projects, to be split between South Hamilton and Webster City. The EHCF Board has opted to change the Program up a bit for the 2017-2018 grant cycle. The Bee Inspired Program will continue to act as a liaison for the Enhance Hamilton County Foundation Board, providing oversight for the YiP Program.
Photo Gallery of funded projects and events:
In the past, the Right County Youth Leaders (RCYL) has been available to 9th-12th grade students in the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Community School District. We partnered with Community & Family Resources (CFR) to offer the youth-development activities. We would love to expand to additional schools or alternative settings in Wright County!
There are two parts available:
1. Teens are able to participate in various awareness activities that are offered by partnering community agencies during the lunch-hour randomly throughout the school year.
2. Teens are able to join the group to plan prevention and awareness activities. The group would meet twice a month based on youth schedules. Activities may include prevention, random acts of kindness, health education topics, encouraging positivity, & more!
Those interested in forming a group for the 2019-2020 school year may contact our Bee Inspired Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515.602.6371 (ext. 4).
Franklin County Teens:
Bee Inspired is seeking teens in Franklin County interested in being part of a group that wants to partner with community agencies to create activities that focus on prevention, youth development, community awareness, and increasing positive youth-adult connections!