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WPS Student Leaders Receive Funding to Implement Service-Learning Projects

WPS Student Leaders Receive Funding to Implement Service-Learning Projects 

Through a partnership between Wichita Public Schools, United Way of the Plains, and Safe Streets Wichita, Wichita is one of only 10 communities to receive a $15,000 Youth Service Zone grant for fiscal year 2021-2022. 

Youth Service America (YSA) is a nationwide nonprofit that seeks to increase volunteering and civic engagement opportunities for young people. As part of their work, they created the Youth Service Zone program to fund communities across the country in their efforts to increase youth volunteerism and build up youth leadership. 

These funds will be used to support WPS students who spearhead projects to improve their schools, neighborhoods, and communities through mini-grants. 

Congratulations to the following Wichita Public Schools students: 

  • Kylie LeValley, a junior at North High School, will create 150 meal bags for the unhoused population in Wichita.
  • Elizabeth Anglin, a senior at North High School, will create a resource guide and organize a hygiene drive to create at least 100 hygiene kits to donate to public schools.
  • Giselle Martinez, a junior at North High School, will create hygiene and food kits.

  • Toller Phipps, a senior at Heights High School, will set up a voter registration and information booth.
  • Brynn Lyman’s Freshman AVID Class at Heights High School will create a school pantry of hygiene products and basic necessities.
  • Truc Dao, a senior at South High School, will organize youth-led community panels to help give young people a platform to give voice to, and address, the issues they care about.
  • Amy Nguyen, a senior at South High School, will organize a storytelling project called the Positive Outlooks Project in which she collects stories of people’s perspectives on mental

health and well-being.

  • Kayci Hockman, a senior at East High School, will raise money and collect supplies to help families in need in Wichita.

  • Andrew Le, a junior at Southeast High School, will create kits to distribute to the unhoused population in Wichita.
  • Aryanna Ramirez, a first-grade student at Hyde Elementary, will organize a school/community drive for the foster care children at the Wichita Children’s Home.