Mission: Aspire exists to encourage, equip, and empower the women in the Lakeland, FL area, while partnering with the Lakeland Dream Center. We plan to have a variety of workshops for women targeting career development, self-defense, and personal development. Our career development event will include topics such as leadership, business etiquette, and effective communication in the workplace. The self-defense workshop will include a certified trainer, while targeting both men and women. The Aspire team also plans to incorporate personal development by having workshops targeting the importance of self- awareness and overcoming setbacks.
Currently: Our team will begin meeting with this group of young women in partnership with the Lakeland Dream Center weekly on April 6th. We will work with these women to teach them hard and soft skills integrate them into the workforce and learn to provide for themselves and their children in their current life state.
Mission: Kool 2 B Kind is an anti-bullying program that was founded in 2013 after a local 7th grader took her life due to bullying. Our first event successfully took place with over 1,000 middle-school students pledging to not bully with the help of 75+ college athletes as volunteers. Kool 2 B Kind revolves around utilizing collegiate athletes to impact the next generation by building relationships that focus on kindness and following your dreams, rather than succumbing to a society of negativity and ultimately, bullying. College athletes spend time playing sports and doing various activities with the students, followed by a presentation from a guest speaker that focuses on how it is "Kool 2 B Kind." Currently: This year, due to circumstances out of our control we did not host an event. Because of our confidence and efficiency in these events, we have chosen to make this a, "project in a box" to be shared with other universities and communities.
Yellow Crate Lead: Jordan Renfroe
Mission: With Yellow crate, giving is made easy and convenient through three simple steps: download, shop and drop. Yellow crate is a resource that provides an easy and efficient way for an individual to meet the needs of your community. It connects users to the real needs of the local community, and more specifically the needs of the local food pantry. After downloading the Yellow crate app onto your smartphone or mobile device, Yellow crate will notify you of the most urgently needed items at your local food pantry. As you shop, you can choose an item and the amount from the food pantry’s customized shopping list for that particular grocery store. Then, purchase the item and drop it in the yellow wooden crate right before you exit. By adding one extra item to your grocery cart every time you shop, you can be a part of making a difference and creating a culture of giving.
Currently: This project is still in the early stages of development. It is currently in the planning and launch phase.
Mission: To help a small business of Polk county succeed while growing our experience and preparing for our future.
Currently: We are working on an inventory system as well as marketing.
WASTE NOT Lead: Lauren Byron
Mission: Currently: This project is still in the early stages of development. It is currently in the planning and launch phase.
NUEVO CAMINO Lead: Angelique Berrios
Mission: The mission of Nuevo Camino is to empower the underserved community of Honduras to become economically stable through entrepreneurial means. Nuevo Camino travels twice a year to Honduras . Our projects include working closely with the Mayor of Choloma to uncover the needs of Honduras, host conferences with the Chamber of Commerce, local business owners and entrepreneurs, giving requested lectures at an agricultural school to high schoolers, teaching business skills and high school seniors the process of applying to colleges locally and internationally at a bilingual private school, and teaching sustainability skills at Compelled by Christ Ministries, a home that rescues teenage girls from sex-trafficking. We constructed a state-of-the-art 90 square foot chicken coop for a local family that can house 50 chickens. Through collaboration, our team and this Honduran family have crafted a business plan in which the family will grow and sell chickens. The chickens are a source of new income.
Currently: We are tracking updates on the chicken coop as well as planning for our next trip to Honduras.