Sarah H. – BASIS Scottsdale

BASIS Scottsdale Senior Sarah H.

Building Character and Houses: Youth Outreach for Habitat for Humanity

Project/blog link: Building Character and Houses: Youth Outreach for Habitat for Humanity
BASIS Advisor: Dr. Mitra Sahu
Internship location: Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona
Onsite Mentor: Ms. Cassandra Jarles, Director of Sponsor Relations

Project Abstract

In America, poverty and homelessness are sometimes associated more with developing countries than with our own. However, in January 2015, 564,708 people were homeless on a given night in the United States. Of that number, 206,286 were people in families (National Alliance to End Homelessness). Habitat for Humanity, an international nonprofit organization, seeks to build and finance housing for low-income families within local communities, trying to attain the goal of affordable housing. Although Habitat tries to use all available resources, children cannot volunteer at the ReStore until they are 15, or at the builds until they are 16, so there is little for children under 15 to do. I am working with the Arizona chapter of Habitat for Humanity to develop a youth outreach program intended to spread awareness and engage children and teenagers in the Habitat for Humanity organization. In this role, I will determine the best methods to engage children in Habitat for Humanity even though they are not yet old enough to volunteer and also discuss the benefits to doing youth outreach. Although Habitat for Humanity has existing methods of youth outreach, many have not been implemented within the Arizona chapter. With my project, I hope to consolidate all of the Arizona affiliate’s youth outreach efforts into one program, which will hopefully be able to build and fundraise a house in the future.

Building Character and Houses: Youth Outreach for Habitat for Humanity