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When you’re a passionate and motivated young man looking to serve young people, their families, and the surrounding community, taking on new challenges becomes an essential part of life. Just ask Josh.
Josh Reimnitz is Co-Executive Director of Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF), SVP Investee turned SVP Partner, and former teacher. He has served as Student Body President at North Dakota State University, was a fourth grade teacher in an inner-city elementary school in Atlanta, helped build a self-sufficient and impactful nonprofit, and has participated in multiple Pay It Forward tours where he’s filled sandbags, painted buildings, and served food to the homeless.
And now at the ripe old age of 26, Josh is looking to add Minneapolis School Board member to his impressive resume of service leadership. SVP is fortunate to have Josh as a Partner and community leader, responsibilities he takes very seriously, remaining deeply involved in every aspect. . . wearing many hats.
By Josh Reimnitz, Co-Executive Director, STLF
SVP-MN partner and board member Guff Van Vooren will join the leadership team of Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF), a former investee organization, in mid-June. As part of their team-based leadership approach called the Core Model, Guff will succeed co-founder Brian Peterson and serve as Co-Executive Director for the next six years.
Guff is passionate about providing volunteers with opportunities to change the world and unleash their leadership potential, and will have a wonderful chance to do so with STLF. Guff is also excited to help STLF reach its goal of doubling by 2016 and will provide financial leadership so they can do so sustainably.
“I’m energized to be part of the next stage leadership that helps STLF grow mindfully, sustainably, and strong, both internally and externally,” Guff said. “My passion for serving this organization and its constituents will guide all decisions I make with the STLF team.”
STLF wants to thank SVP-MN and all the partners for being such outstanding supporters and mentors throughout their lifespan as a nonprofit, and for introducing Guff to the wonderful world of STLF!
President Bill Clinton hosted the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting at the end of March in Washington, D.C. New commitments announced included our very own Students Today, Leaders Forever.
More than 1,000 students representing all 50 states and more than 300 universities gathered to examine topics such as the global economic crisis and its impact on your people, recruiting and retaining teachers, famine in Africa, cost-effective campus sustainability programs, and the youth movement for global health.
As campus representatives for the youth service organization STLF, Abe, Caroline, Shelby, and Christina commit to creating new programs that will provide additional community service opportunities for young Americans across the country. Building on the 185,000 service hours already contributed by STLF, these students will help the organization meet its goal of scaling up by 37,000 hours of service nationwide over the next year.
STLF joined SVP’s Investee list in 2008 and has now has replicated its innovative model throughout numerous campuses. Congratulations STLF!
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Young People Can Change the World
Jack Baartman hadn’t joined student organizations in high school. During his freshman year in college he received an email about a Pay It Forward Tour. He thought it sounded “cheesy,” but figured it’d look good on his resume. Fast-forward four years. He’s recently completed his fourth tour and now retraces his life change back to that “cheesy” email. It was his decision to answer this email, to step out his comfort zone, and get involved in something bigger than himself. He has learned that a stranger’s struggles are his struggles, and better understands different cultures. He has seen hope on the faces of the homeless. And, most importantly, he has learned that young people can change the world. Read Jack’s full story on the STLF website.
Beating the Odds
Seventeen-year-old Lashay Thompson, a senior at Highland Park High School in St. Paul is beating the odds. She’s on track to graduate from high school and succeed in college despite enormous disadvantages. She endured abuse that resulted in her living in foster homes as a young child, lost her adoptive father in a car accident at a pre-adolescent age, lost her mother to cancer as a teenager, and dealt with personal struggles throughout her life. Yet she goes forward in a courageous way. Read about Lashay on the Twin Cities Daily Planet or watch her Breaking Through speech.
“Our success as an organization would not be possible without the wide range of support from SVP MN. Their time, skills and experience have been priceless in successful efforts to scale by over 50% in each of the past three years of SVP MN support.”
-Students Today Leaders Forever, SVP MN Investee