SIA is a service and leadership program from the Jefferson Awards Foundation designed to train student leaders to “become the driving force for effective service and create meaningful impact,” according to the foundation.
“The organization helps students acquire their voice as leaders,” said Natalie Witherspoon, Crispus Attucks Spanish teacher and the faculty sponsor for SIA. “It requires them to help other people value and participate in community service.”
Witherspoon said the expectation is that students not just do community service, but that they acquire leadership roles in their service projects and learn how to track the value of their service. “They learn to tell their story through the number, through the facts and figures of what they have done.”
The Crispus Attucks SIA students have among other projects:
- Helped with implementing recycling at the school
- Helped with donating and carrying items to local pantries
- Crocheted blankets for chemotherapy patients and people in nursing homes
- Partnered with organizations like Gleaners Food Bank to pack meals for families in central Indiana
Princess D., one of the Crispus Attucks Students in Action, said, “I like getting together to help people who are in need. My favorite project involved packing food for families who don’t have food. I also like that my participation in SIA has helped me to consider a career in service.”
Five students from the group compiled the information on the value of their service projects, entered that information online, and then created a presentation to help them deliver their findings orally in competition with five other schools at the Colts Training Facility on March 17. Those five students, and two others who served as the lead operators of specific service projects, won the regional Jefferson Awards competition.
- Salima A., President
- Paije J., Vice President
- Princess D.
- Jalen H.
- Taylor H.
- Koby E., Operations Lead
- Fabiyan S., Operations Lead
These students each received $1000 renewable scholarships, certificates of achievement, and expense-paid trips to Washington, DC, on June 17-19 for the national Jefferson Awards competition. Additionally, Crispus Attucks was awarded $500 for continued support of the SIA activities.
We’re proud of these Crispus Attucks students for not only serving their community, but for also learning the leadership, management and presentation skills to track and showcase that service to others. We wish them the best at the national competition and can’t wait to see the results of their next project!