Our scholarship program is designed to create well rounded citizens that understand and value the importance of community service and involvement. Participants will participate in community service projects that challenges them to learn new skills while positively contributing to our community. The amount of funding they receive will be based on hours contributed to their community. One of our main lessons to participants is "The harder you work, the more you earn!"
Here are the basics of Powdered Soul's Youth Scholarship Program-
* To help youth participants lessen the financial burden of extracurricular activities on their families
* Help teach youth participants the value of money and community connections
* Leave a lasting impression on our community
How it works for our participants:
- Participants will design and produce a product to sell at Farmers Markets and holiday markets around the valley. They will learn basic economics, business development and marketing.
* 100% of all money raised will go towards individual participants scholarship accounts
* Powdered Soul will work hard with each participant, providing as much support and guidance as each participants needs. Whether this means individual meetings, or hosting parties where we build products together. Our goal is to make the youth self sufficient in this project, we do not want this to become a source of stress for parents or family. We want the youth to get the most out of this experience that they can, including feeling ownership as well as realizing they did the work, and they are in control of their results. We have a tremendous group of adult volunteers, each willing to teach their area of expertise to these youth. From marketing, design, to basic power tool usage to complete their products in a safe manner.
- Powdered Soul will organize multiple community service programs throughout the valley. Activities will range from nursing home visits, to community beautification. Participants will be awarded per hour they work. Funds will come from the General Fund, solicited from businesses and personal donors. The Fund will close in October, at that point we will divide the number of hours worked by Powdered Souls participants, and award a per hour amount. While we won't know how much you will earn per hour, we do know the MORE you work the MORE you will earn. We will work closely with our donors to design community service products that speak to their community concerns and goals. We want our youth to come away with a strong sense of community.
If an athlete chooses this option, they will receive scholarships from the Powdered Soul General Fund. The scholarship money will be dispersed based on the number of hours a participant completes in community service projects. Some examples of included concepts will be: community beautification, such as trash pick up, assisting with park work, etc. Supporting veterans and law enforcement personnel, lawn care for elderly, single parents, etc. The athletes are also free to present their own idea that will positively impact the community that they enjoy or are passionate about. The goal with this program is to not only connect youth to our community, but also to teach them the value of hard work and money. Our General Fund awards will be made in October, with 100% of funds raised being dispersed to scholarship recipients. Until the fund closes, we will not know how much each hour of community service will award. However, as in life, the MORE the youth puts into their work they MORE they will get out of it.
This option will include lessons on business plans, including pricing structure, marketing, and selling strategies. Participants will then create a product to sell in the community at the local Farmers Market. 100% of what participants raise will go towards their scholarship award. Not only will participants earn money towards their scholarship award, they will be learning real world job skills and economics. This program is structured to allow a multiyear education, growing in details as the participant ages. We will also offer online sales, focusing on basic e-commerce.
We will be partnering with various local businesses to offer experiences where participants can learn how the business operates and delivers their product. After a tour, participants will take part in daily business tasks, learning important skills in how to be a good employee, while also exposing them to a variety of jobs for future consideration. Businesses can make a donation to the General Fund to be awarded to participants. We will also ask each business to fill out a form with tasks participants did well at, as well as areas where they could improve. We feel it is important for participants to come away with a greater level of respect for business owners, as well as useful skills for when they are in the job market.
We will partner with various skilled tradesmen, such as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, etc. Participants will learn basic skills and complete a piece for one of our community service projects related to the the profession they observed and experienced.
We will focus on skills that are no longer taught in schools, basic home maintenance items such as unclogging a garbage disposal, replacing an electrical outlet, and small carpentry projects. Participants will receive participation credits once they complete a seminar with one of our skilled tradesmen, and submit a report showing how they applied their new learned skill at home.
Completed Various Random Acts of Kindness
Hid stuffed toys throughout valley parks, for children to find and take home
Hung books from trees in playgrounds
Left duck food at the park to feed the ducks
Left blankets throughout valley parks for homeless
Painted inspirational rocks and left them around valley
Picked up trash around valley
Decorated yards of deserving community members, from amazing community volunteers to cancer patients
that needed a little boost to their day
Attended the Whitefish Winter Stroll passing out holiday treats, spreading holiday cheer while expecting
nothing in return
Volunteered with the Flathead Valley Food bank, assisting in preparing staples to be distributed to Flathead families in
Community Clean up following the Whitefish Winter Carnival
Partnership with HEART Locker
Partnership with Care Farms
Partnership with DREAM Adaptive
Flathead Food Bank- Stuff the Bus
North Valley Food Bank- Crafts for Senior Food Boxes
Trick-or- Treat for Food banks- benefited food banks in Kalispell, Polson and Whitefish
School Supplies for Teachers- Benefited Cayuse Prairie, Kalispell and Whitefish teachers
Free Little Library Refill
Delivered thank you notes and gifts to firemen, policemen and dispatch center throughout the valley
Participated in All About Our Families event in Whitefish
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We are here to serve our participants and families, we are committed to working with any youth that is willing to commit to this process. We currently have a wide range of ages, as well as a wide range of goals. If participants can't make it to workshops, we will conduct one on one workshops either in person, or on Skype. We will give you all the tools you need to succeed, it is up the youth to put the items together to come out successfully.