Youth Outreach Initiatives for the Coming School Year
Kristin Rehg, Chair
Back to school is just around the
corner. With teachers and students
preparing for the coming school year, it’s time to start promoting the youth
education and outreach resources that ISAWWA can provide.
We are looking for volunteers to
visit schools to speak about the water cycle, water treatment, or careers in
the water industry. We’ve had great
success so far with members visiting schools in their area – they find engaged
and interested students and that results in great discussions. The Section has informational flyers and
other materials to supplement classroom discussions and facility tours.
The Safe Water Scholarship
Program, which will award up to $3,500 in scholarships at WATERCON 2013, is
entering its third year. This program provides
financial assistance to students pursuing a water-related field of study,
including engineering, science, and utility operations and management. Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 are
available for adult continuing education students, college undergraduate
students, high school graduates about to enter college, and high school
students attending a related summer education program.
The scholarship application is
available for download at www.isawwa.org
(click on the Student Resources menu option and scroll down to the bottom of
the page). Please help us promote this
important program by passing the application on to anyone you know who may
qualify, or by dropping off application packets at nearby high schools,
technical schools, community colleges, or universities.
We’re always looking to expand
our network of volunteers. From
something as simple as passing an informational packet along to your child’s
teacher, to giving a tour of your water treatment plant to students, to providing
lab facilities or mentoring to a student working on a water-related science fair
project, there are many ways that you can personally advance this important
initiative. We can also use volunteers
at annual events including the Illinois Science Teachers Association conference
(Nov. 1-3, 2012, in Springfield), a career fair planned for college students at
WATERCON 2013, and the annual state science fair.
Please contact Kristin Rehg for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org