LAS VEGAS (Sept. 28, 2016) – The Public Education Foundation held a workshop today to kick off the ninth year of We R Community, the Foundation’s service-learning initiative that aims to turn teens into philanthropists. More than 100 students, teachers and administrators from high schools participating in this year’s program attended the gathering at Las Vegas City Hall.

Among those who spoke at the kickoff were Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky; Dr. Brian Myli, The Public Education Foundation’s Vice President of Leadership & Innovation; Richard Egan of the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention; and high school students and teachers.

Launched in 2008, We R Community teaches high school students about community service, philanthropy and volunteerism by incorporating the program into classroom learning and into students’ daily lives. For instance, during the previous school year, the 500 students in the We R Community program performed more than 9,000 individual hours of volunteer service.

Students in We R Community learn how to create a mission statement, conduct a needs assessment, research nonprofit organizations, review grant applications and fund grants of up to $5,000. Wednesday’s workshops included info on the school/student grant-making process and an exploration of community service.

The 2016-17 We R Community school sponsors include The Stern Family Foundation, The DeVore Family Fund, USAA Savings Bank, Choice Center, NV Energy, Wells Fargo, Boulder City Chamber of Commerce, Starbucks Foundation, Trinity Tax Consultants and Affinity Realty.

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