APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
HHF plans to raise interest in the SchoolsConnect program through bridging relationships with educators and students with an interest in serving children that have been impacted by natural disasters. HHF will do this by specifically targeting student led programs and departments that are related to HHF's mission and work, such as Red Cross student led clubs and departments of international studies and humanitarian affairs.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
HHF will help interested students start a new SchoolsConnect club on their college or university campus. The SchoolsConnect website, along with the HHF team, will serve as a resource for club leaders. The SchoolsConnect website provides the necessary tools for starting a new club, and offers ideas for fundraising events and club meetings. Stories and experiences from existing clubs are also available to new club leaders on the website. All 15 of the new SchoolsConnect clubs will need to register with HHF and be led by a student based leadership, actively mobilizing students by the end of 2012 as they set out to accomplish enriching the educational experience of the students in HHF's schools. The fundraising efforts of the 15 new clubs will benefit more than 850 children in Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Indonesia, Chile, and Thailand by providing them with resources that will improve their quality of education.
The number of natural disasters is steadily increasing each year, from 78 in 1970 to 354 in 2004. Each year approximately 750,000 children have their education disrupted or completely denied due to natural disasters. For most children, the gap in their education continues for many years, disrupting the single opportunity of their lifetime to receive an education. The SchoolsConnect Program opens the door for American students to actively play a role in helping these children overcome this hurdle. In the United States forty-two percent of households do not have a household emergency plan and thirty-seven percent of Americans are not preparing for natural disasters because they are relying on emergency responders to help them. The SchoolsConnect Program gives student club members the opportunity to prepare American communities for natural disasters. Studies show that educating people how to prepare for and respond to a natural disaster will save lives.
SEEKING: Implementing Partners, Media/Marketing Opportunities, Other
HHF is in search of fifteen universities to begin new SchoolsConnect clubs or integrate the SchoolsConnect program on their campuses.