Local Change Makers

Local Change Makers

August 6, 2019

This summer, IPSF introduced a new class called Give Grow Lead which aimed to inspire and empower students to make a difference in the world. The program was designed to be student-driven, allowing them to learn more about the impact they can make in their community. Over the course of three weeks, students talked about what it meant to be a part of a community and how people give back.

As a class, they decided which organization they would support and what projects they would take on. Students baked cookies, brownies, and cupcakes together and hosted a Summer Sweet Sale, raising $285 for CHOC. Another afternoon, students assisted the custodial team by picking up trash after lunchtime. Students also wrote letters to veterans, military, and first responders as part of Operation Gratitude.

“My goal was to help students realize that they can make a difference in the world and that it doesn’t matter that they are young or only one person. They can be the spark to ignite future change”- Alison Belzer, Give Grow Lead Teacher

Over the course of the program, students had the chance to go on several service-focused field trips throughout our community. The first was to local Fire Station #47, where the students gave firefighters personal thank you letters and handmade origami as a thank you for their service. Students met the Fire Chief, toured the firehouse, and even learned how to use the fire hose! At the Orange County Great Park Farm + Food Lab, they learned about sustainable living and how to grow their own food. Students had the opportunity to take seedlings home to start their own garden. Their last trip was to the Irvine Animal Care Center to deliver donated items collected from fellow students, along with dog toys and fleece blankets that they made during class. After this visit, students stopped by the IPSF office to learn more about what we do as a nonprofit.

“I have learned that I can do many things to help and that I don’t have to be an adult to make a difference.” – Student, Give Grow Lead

These students have already left their mark on our community. We can’t wait to see the difference they make in the world!