Oxfam Hunger Banquet

By Laura Riley

On Tuesday, November 12th, 72 students participated in Oxfam’s Hunger Banquet at St. Norbert College. Hunger Banquets are an Oxfam America Initiative that colleges across the country organize and host. Essentially, the evening is a hunger simulation based on worldwide income percentages. When students arrive at the banquet, Continue reading

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Organization Spotlight: The Zambia Project!

By Laura Riley

In Zambia, a country in Southern Africa, the standard uniform for private or governmental education can cost $200. This fee and other related expenses make traditional schooling unaffordable to many children. That’s where Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS) come into play. These schools are free for students and sponsored by the community. They provide a basic education to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to go to school.

The Zambia Project at St. Norbert raises money for ZOCS. “We are literally funding children’s ability to go to school. Money raised goes to everything from classroom supplies to teachers’ salaries…sometimes teachers are not paid for weeks,” said Zambia Project President Rachel Gintner. “We don’t know the names of the people who we are supporting, but we have an immense desire to have a positive impact on them.” The purpose of the Zambia Project is to provide hope through education for Zambia’s most vulnerable children.26500f1

Gintner became involved in the Zambia Project as a first-year student three years ago through the Emerging Leaders program. Emerging Leaders is a competitive semester-long program for first-year students who want to learn more about leadership, program planning, and campus involvement. “I didn’t know what group to join as a first-year student,” said Gintner, “but Carrie Roberts ‘12 (Resident Assistant at the time) encouraged me to join and I really looked up to her.”

During the second semester, Emerging Leaders can become apprentices. In an apprenticeship, the first-year student works one-on-one with an upper-class student on a large-scale campus project. Through Gintner’s apprenticeship with the Zambia Project she developed the “Knight in Shining Armor Talent Show”—a fundraiser for ZOCS. Now three years later, she is leading the campus organization.

The Zambia Project is an active group on campus and welcomes new members. “Anyone can join us at any time. The group is super welcoming. You can just show up and we encourage you to come to our events!” said Gintner. In past years, select Zambia Project members have had the opportunity to travel to Zambia. During these service trips, St. Norbert students have been able to meet the children and see the schools the Zambia Project supports. A future trip to Zambia is in the works, but no plans are definite yet!

Upcoming events include a Seroogy’s Chocolate Sale and Zam Jams. The Seroogy’s sale is a combined fundraiser with Dance Marathon. Zam Jams is a musical event that happens each semester in the Knight Owl. Musically-talented students perform 15-20 minute sets in a relaxed environment. Zam Jams is a fun night complete with musical talent and snacks. All are welcome! Event details are provided below.

Seroogy’s Chocolate Sale

  • Monday, October 7th – Friday, October 11th
  • Campus Center 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Michels Commons 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Chocolate bars $2 each

Zam Jams

  • Friday, October 25th
  • Knight Owl
  • 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
  • $3 ticket price

Support the Zambia Project and ZOCS by checking out their great events!

Staying Actively Involved with Nonprofits: Taylor DeBroux ’14

289326_10152213637829119_1552142353_o“Over the past three years, I have come to learn that the intrinsic rewards you get from working for nonprofits equals, if not surpasses, the help you give others. Knowing that you are dedicating your time to helping someone else, regardless of who it is, or how you are helping, is undeniably fulfilling.”

〜 Taylor DeBroux, St. Norbert College ’14

As a senior at St. Norbert College, Taylor DeBroux has been actively involved in service for the past three years. She has progressively become more connected with service and nonprofits each year through a variety of roles. And this year is no different.

Taylor initially got involved with service as a first-year student through the Emerging Leaders Program. As a sophomore, she committed to an academic year of service with the YMCA by living in Michels Service-Learning Hall. That decision has impacted where Taylor is today.

“During the Michels Hall orientation meeting at the beginning of the school year, residents had the opportunity to hear from all of the community partners. It was at this meeting that I learned the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay was hiring a new employee. Since I was looking for a job, it was the perfect opportunity to apply. I am extremely grateful for this decision because being at the Club has broadened my cultural and professional knowledge so much that I still find the value in working there today, two years later.”

For her senior year, in addition to working at the Boys and Girls Club (BGC), Taylor is interning at Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) through her Human Services Internship class. She originally gained interest in BBBS because of how complementary it is to her work at the Boys and Girls Club. Taylor said, “BBBS allows me to gain a better understanding of the administration side of a company, whereas my position at the Boys and Girls Club deals directly with its members. I am very interested in working with the youth of Green Bay and I get to do this every day through different means and with companies that have similar goals.

By being connected to numerous nonprofits in Green Bay and by taking social work classes, Taylor has realized the importance of networking. “The supervisors who I report to at both BGC and BBBS have connections to staff at the YMCA. I have come to realize that making positive relationships with the staff I work with in every company is very beneficial from both personal and professional standpoints. ” stated Taylor.

Taylor has continually been making a difference in the Greater Green Bay community since she first stepped foot on this campus three years ago. Her dedication to the youth of Green Bay has surpassed the usual commitment to service.

“If I were to give advice to my freshman self, I would emphasize the importance of utilizing available resources and jumping into new opportunities as often as possible. I think the best way to get started in service and continue that service is to stay connected. The college offers excellent services to assist you in this. My class choices have guided my service decisions, and in turn, my service work has guided my class decisions. I see my academia and my community work as being equally important in shaping what I do today and what I will do in the future.

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By Laura Riley