march 2016 newsletter picture oneHabitat NCG’s Student Engagement program, is a program that aims to engage high school students in North Fulton, Cherokee, Forsyth, and Dawson Counties with Habitat for Humanity. Student Engagement mobilizes young people to sponsor and build a house each year. Through Student Engagement, students gain a better understanding of their communities and poverty housing. All students are engaged in fundraising, education and advocacy activities and those over 16 help with actual house construction.

The four goals of Student Engagement 

Foster teamwork among diverse groups of youth.
Educate youth about Habitat’s mission through service, advocacy, fundraising and building.
Encourage collaboration among Student Engagement members, the affiliate and local community.
Develop youth leadership through their actions and initiatives.

How do Student Engagement groups raise money to build houses?
There are several different ways to raise money, from running a car wash to writing grant applications. You can download the Student Engagement Fundraising Guide for more ideas.

I’m 16 or older. Can I help build a Habitat house?
Yes! You can participate in almost all aspects of construction of a Habitat for Humanity home.

I’m younger than 16. Can I help build a Habitat house?
There are several ways you can participate; you can raise funds, advocate, reach out to involve your community, and help plan events. Unfortunately, no one under 16 is allowed to be present on a Habitat build site while construction is taking place. This is strictly enforced for liability reasons.

This sounds great! How do I join Student Engagement?
If you live in North Fulton, Forsyth, Cherokee, or Dawson Counties, we, Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia, are your local affiliate. Habitat-NCG’s Student Engagement program is organized through high school campus chapters and clubs that plan and implement their own fundraising, education, and advocacy activities. Our Student Engagement program currently includes the following schools: Alpharetta High School, Blessed Trinity Catholic School, Cambridge High School, Centennial High School, Chattahoochee High School, Creekview High School, Fellowship Christian School, Independence High School, Johns Creek High School, Lambert High School, Milton High School, Mount Pisgah Christian School, North Springs High School, Northview High School, River Ridge High School, Roswell High School, Sequoyah High School, and South Forsyth High School.

To get involved in Student Engagement, please join your high school’s club or campus chapter. Don’t have one? Start one! Starting a club is a great way for you and your peers to deepen your involvement with Habitat, develop leadership skills, engage more students in our work, and build camaraderie with other students who share an interest in affordable housing. For more information about Student Engagement  or how to start a club at your school, please contact Jennifer Taffe at jtaffe@habitat-ncg.org!