National AmeriCorps Week!

It’s National AmeriCorps Week!


If you’re not familiar with the AmeriCorps organization, what their members do, or why it matters, I would love to spread the word. Knowledge is power, people! Continue reading

Meet Jake!

Hi! I’m Jake Geis and I will be the resource contact for North Fayette/Valley, West Central, Starmont, and Riceville. I come from Green Bay, but I spent my college years at Luther before graduating this past spring. I’ve been in the area for a few years now and I’m so happy to be back. While studying, I could always see that there were great things happening here in Northeast Iowa, but I didn’t have the time to get involved. I’m so excited for this position, and the opportunity it allows me to finally engage in this active and passionate community.
I double majored in Environmental Studies and Biology, using my education as time to explore and begin to understand the physical world around me. I love the outdoors, and I am fascinated by Ecology and Sustainability. I find that the values of preservation and responsible, intentional progress are key to Healthy lifestyles as well. During summers, I have served as Camp Staff to help direct program and lead youth in focused curricular activities. It is so great to be able to find outlets which allow me to share my gifts, knowledge, and passion with others, so I’m glad that I was able to find AmeriCorps.
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks with a flood of new information. I’m finding it a lot easier now that I’m physically in the school and gaining context for my many binders. I’m excited to meet more kids and teachers, and to begin doing lessons, singing songs, and getting active with them!

Next Steps…

I am officially signing off today as I check out of  AmeriCorps  and move back home to Des Moines. I am sure that during my four hour drive home many memories will cross through my head as I reflect on all that I have learned and discovered during my term of service.  I have had the most amazing experience working with the Food and Fitness Initiative and and serving this beautiful part of Iowa.  The work that is being done here in schools with FFI is essential in developing healthy kids, schools and communities and I hope that it will continue for many, many years to come. Continue reading

Final Youth Team Gathering of the Year

On Thursday, April 25, representatives from 12 regional school districts gathered at Luther College for the fourth and final Regional 4-H Youth Leadership Team meeting for the 2012-2013 school year. Our first three gatherings focused on promoting youth advocacy for healthier school environments and empowering students to share their stories with key decision makers in local schools and communities. Continue reading

Eat A Rainbow

Sometimes after teaching lessons I wonder how much of what I teach in 45 minutes actually sticks with the students.  In the field of education and working with young people, I guess it may be common to wonder every once in a while if students are really clicking with the messages.  I put all worry aside after something that happened in Riceville one day. Continue reading