BRINGING LEADERSHIP TO LIFE
Hunter Schoch and Garret Greca eat, sleep, and breathe fishing. Savannah Billett has a passion for bringing awareness to pediatric cancer. When this trio came together to create a fundraising fishing tournament to benefit childhood cancer research, the results would blow their expectations out of the water.
Fishing for the Fight was a response to a Leadership House group project, in which students identify a challenge within the community and work with those involved to implement a solution. Open to all of Tampa Bay, amateur and pro alike, dozens of fishers cast their rods in support of their cause. They even presented their project to the mayor of St. Petersburg! Savannah, Hunter, and Garret’s efforts were rewarded by raising a total of $5,000 during their fundraiser, which they presented to the BeatNB foundation.
This year’s fundraiser will be on April 7th, 2018, and they hope to triple the amount raised.
Jannel Blanco was having a rough first semester of college. The transition into her new life, new classes, and new people were left her feeling unmotivated and unhappy. Inspired by a similar project from her hometown, she created USFSP Rocks for her Leadership House personal project. Painted rocks with positive sayings were hidden around campus for people to find and share.
“It amazed me that an entire city can spread kindness and bring people together, so I thought ‘Why not try to do something like that at our campus?’”
Through the Leadership LLC, Jannel realized her leadership strength was inclusivity, making people feel welcomed and cared about through kindness and positivity. This project helped put her strength into action. Jannel aims to continue this project into next semester.
“I felt like everything else I had gone through this semester didn’t even matter anymore, because I was able to bring happiness to someone else. The Leadership LLC helped me identify with who I was and what my strengths were.”
Food – that was the thought on the minds of Matthew Agren, McKenna Chefero, Crystal Lopez, James O’Donnell, and Julia Severance when they were inspired to help feed the less fortunate as part of a Leadership House group project. The team faced initial setbacks – rejected by local businesses as food sponsors and denied grants to purchase resources. But they kept their chins up, turning to their own USFSP student body for help by holding a PB&J making contest where they put together 174 sandwiches in a little more than an hour, donating it all to Community Action Stops Abuse
The team further partnered with the USFSP Food Recovery Club, which transfers leftover food that would otherwise have been thrown away to nearby homeless shelters. The FRC ran a drive where students could donate the remainder of their semester meal plans to the fund. Thanks to the generosity of the USFSP student body, the team and FRC donated $29,000 worth of food to CASA and the St. Petersburg Free Clinic.