As of 1 April, chapters have dedicated 12,872 hours, touched the lives of 9,176 people and raised $2,368.51 towards SPARK a Change since its launch in July 2014. These collective actions are impacting the lives of youth around the globe! (Chapter leaders, please remember to record your events on the Golden Key website promptly after the event so we can include your accomplishments in our monthly statistics.)
Follow SPARK a Change on social media. Each month, Headquarters will be posting a challenge and a contest for SPARK a Change. Be sure to follow Golden Key on Facebook and Twitter as well as SPARK on Instagram for articles on the benefits of volunteering and posts featuring great SPARK events. If you think your chapter has a great event, please email your event details and pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
April Featured Service Project:
This month, we’d like to highlight the GK chapter at the University of Adelaide. The chapter has formed a successful partnership with the Australian Government’s Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) to pair Golden Key members with Year 11 and 12 students at Woodville High School. The Golden Key mentors offer academic help to students and motivate them to achieve success. They also offer advice on attending University, and guide the students in making plans before they graduate. Many of these students need extra support in building confidence to embrace these opportunities, and the volunteers aim to fill that gap.
The initiative was started by Annabel Jansen (Community Service Officer) in 2014, who worked tirelessly to nurture it into the successful program it has become. Over the past year, volunteers have spent an hour per week at Woodville High School, mentoring one on one with students allocated to them according to shared academic strengths and interests. The program is continuing in 2015 and hopes to see even more enthusiastic volunteers participating in this worthwhile cause.