Saving Face with About Face Community Service Projects
Our About Face Service Corps is a military-style program for court-referred at risk teens and incorporates community service projects as teaching opportunities. It teaches young men respect for themselves and authority, the importance of giving back, and other valuable life lessons.
These community service projects are intended to guide troubled youth towards healthier behaviors and choices. Our students learn the importance of hard work, along with transferable work skills, and what having a good work ethic means. These are important qualities for someone to learn at a young age and will be useful in the future. Being involved with the community is a highly effective way to gain personal and social responsibilities. Having these skills is an important asset to life, and is best to be learned at a younger age. Community service can also help bring positive confidence to the individual, helping them build their own self esteem by assisting others.
Over time, the number of community service projects About Face students work on has grown. The program is about 30 days long and the projects can last up to two weeks long, running Monday through Thursday. Students put in around 20 to 22 hours of community service in a week. A lot of the projects during the week are performed in Northeast Wisconsin. These consist of helping local communities with things like landscaping or constructions projects, and community events. An example of these projects would be chopping and bringing fire wood to some lower income families that use the wood for their wood burners or helping with the setup of Lifest in Oshkosh.
Some of the other community service projects that the About Face program is involved in consist of helping elderly and disabled people. They have been to nonprofit organizations such as Clarity Care in Oshkosh and Habitat for Humanity in Appleton. Every spring, they help out at Camp American Legion, a home for recuperating veterans located in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.
Not only does the About Face program focus on the importance of community service, but it also helps students become more aware of their education and raising their grades. Students in the program attend two weeks of classes at the Starr Academy here at Rawhide. About Face also offers the option to attend a community church in which students can learn and practice moral values.
Participating in community service projects genuinely helps people become more responsible. It creates a certain satisfaction in knowing that you are serving a purpose by helping others. This is important because it helps our students get one step closer to achieving a more successful life. Completing community service projects through the About Face Program does help. It also helps us achieve our mission.