The Issue: Outdoor Settings Are Beneficial for Students
Schools that use outdoor classrooms produce significant gains in social studies, science, language arts, and math, according to a report from the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Outdoor settings provide experiential, hands-on learning opportunities and a respite from the onslaught of screen-based technology. Additionally, learning outside can help improve attention and problem-solving skills, and may even reduce stress in youth undergoing difficult life events.
The Campaign: Building an Outdoor Study Area for Students
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by The HUB to provide an outdoor study environment for students. With the first $180 raised, The HUB can purchase two picnic tables. Each additional $10 raised will be used by the organization to purchase soil and compost, plant buffalo grass and trees, and move a water spigot to the rear of the building.
The HUB has already created a community garden in its backyard, but plans to transform the remaining rocky area into a green study space for youth working toward a GED or taking employment readiness classes. Many of these young people have struggled with the traditional classroom model and find the outdoor setting more comfortable and less distracting.
The HUB’s name isn’t an acronym. A former director of the organization told the Lincoln Journal Star that “Here U Belong” and “Help Underachievers Believe” were batted around as possibilities but ultimately rejected as inadequate reflections of what the organization does. Instead, the group’s functions are closer to the dictionary definition of “hub”—as the news article puts it, The HUB is a “focal point of interest, a center of activity” where “young people can get respect and help.”
The organization caters to low-income youth who have dropped out of school, are unemployed or homeless, are aging out of foster care, and are coming from detention facilities. Its programs help these young people gain a better foothold in the world by working with them to find careers or gain their GEDs. Community outreach services meet immediate housing, employment, and transportation needs for youth in crisis. Other programs provide tutoring services for students transitioning from detention centers to schools and offer training and enrichment projects to help male juvenile offenders strengthen bonds with their communities. Most important, The HUB provides a welcoming space where all young people, regardless of background, are welcome.
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