NKU Makes An Impact By Fundraising

The future of social work is looking brighter, thanks to the students at Northern Kentucky University. This holiday season, Northern Kentucky area non-profits received thousands of dollars that were raised by students at NKU. From social work to marketing, students from across the campus ran various campaigns to support the local community, help those who are in need, and promote the non-profit organizations that serve the most disadvantaged people in the region.

The description of one such fundraiser read as follows: “Across the country, access to housing has become a major issue.  Every day, families in Northern Kentucky are facing the potential of foreclosure, poverty, and homelessness. This not only impacts the adults who are struggling to make ends meet, but also the children whose learning and education is being affected by multiple moves and the absence of a stable home.  These are complex problems that need all of us to work together before we can come to a solution.”

After addressing the problems, the students went on to do something about it:  “We are a group of aspiring social workers hoping to come together to start to solve this problem in Northern Kentucky. Our class is associated with the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project, which seeks to educate students through giving by being grant makers in the classroom.  Over the next few weeks, we will be working together to identify potential non-profits who also hold this issue central to their mission. We will then choose 1-2 of these organizations as our community partners.”

That group went on to raise $2000, donating half of those funds to Mentoring Plus in the form of the Mayerson Grant.

Additionally, David Raska, a marketing professor at Northern, challenged ten of his students to raise as much as they could for Mentoring plus for #GivingTuesday, with the promise that he would match their donation up to $1000. Student Haley Payne organized a GoFundMe page in the final days before #GivingTuesday, raising $575. Raska’s match brought their total to $1150.

But they didn’t stop there. Earlier in the year during the Spring semester, those same marketing students worked on a project for Kona Ice.

“Tony Lamb (CEO and Founder of Kona Ice), needed to gain insights into what branding and products should be used to appeal to a new target audience,” Raska explained. “As such, the project focused on testing new brand and product concepts via online sample survey conducted with over 800 Millennials living in Greater Cincinnati/NKY area. We then used the data to present the client with recommendations regarding what brand concept to use, what products to offer under that brand concept, and whom to target and where to reach them.”

After completing the project, the students were invited to the Kona Ice Konvention, and were awarded $2000. Going into the giving season, the group still had $1700 remaining, and elected to add that to their #GivingTuesday contribution, bringing their new total to $2850.

All-in-all, NKU contributed nearly $4000 to Mentoring Plus is just a matter of weeks. We wish to thank them for their continuous efforts to improve the Northern Kentucky community. We are especially grateful that they have recognized Mentoring Plus as the recipient of these funds, allowing us to continue our mission.

Special Event Announcement

A special announcement from Nikki Fangman of Mebs & Associates, a long-time partner in mental health services for Mentoring Plus teens. She is also the Executive Director of local charity Survive and Thrive, a collaboration of professionals in the Northern Kentucky area committed to the enhancement of children’s lives.

Please join us in an adult evening to support Survive and Thrive

Saturday, March 4th , 2017
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Holy Spirit Parish Center
9th and Saratoga, Newport, KY 41071

$15 per person for advanced sales, or $20 at the door
Spaghetti and Meatballs Dinner catered by Pompilios
Basket Raffle
Small additional charge for Beer

Featured Entertainment:
Ben Walz

Please RSVP to nikki.fangman@gmail.com if you plan to attend!! We hope to see you there!


More About Survive and Thrive:

In 2005, the founding members of this non-profit foundation were seeking to provide a summer program for children and teens in need of more intensive summer services.

Mission Statement
To empower children and teens to gain independence, coping skills, motivation and self-esteem. We serve the most high need children who have been and/or are unable to attend other summer programming due to the intensive nature of their needs (both emotionally and behaviorally)

Summer Program
The foundation’s primary focus is to provide a 3 week summer program for children between the ages of 5 and 17. It is designed around the idea that some children require skills to “survive and thrive” in life. These skills could range from basic coping skills to independent living skills. The method in which these skills are learned is accomplished through the combined use of individual and group therapy, recreational activities, guest speakers, community outings, daily organized fitness opportunities, consistent behavior modification, and measureable goals for each child. Topics of group discussions and themes that run throughout the program include social skills/manners, developing and maintaining relationships, identity, responsibility, respect, boundaries/structure, nutrition and health, career development, bullying, stranger/internet safety, independent living skills, and drug and alcohol education.

Referrals are welcome from various community sources including parents/caregivers, schools, doctors, therapists, case management programs, the court system, and others.

The children are divided into age/developmentally appropriate teams with a ratio of 1 staff to every 4 children.

A structured behavioral system is implemented throughout the program to enhance motivation and offer earned rewards on a daily and weekly basis.

Positive results have been indicated every year from the children and families, based on measures that are given to the children and caregivers pre and post camp to determine needs and success (surveys, etc.).

Follow Up Services
Currently the program offers at least one follow up outing during the year as well as quarterly contact with the children/families. This contact may include follow up calls/email, home visits, community outings, crisis intervention, attendance at school meetings, collaboration with other involved professionals, etc.

Board Members: Kelly Clasgens, Ginger Peppers, Merrick Krey, Alex Bramel

Executive Director: Nikki Fangman


Oh What a Night!

Oh, what a night! Mentoring Plus held its Annual Seeds of Hope Award banquet on Friday, April 4, 2014, and honored the outgoing President of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Steve Stevens, for his contributions to the improvement of our community. Over 200 guests sipped cocktails and enjoyed the pleasant music from guitarist/vocalist Tom Kohlhepp, while bidding on amazing Silent Auction items and Chinese Raffle baskets.

A big thank you goes to Hosea Worldwide Project Movers for sponsoring the sit-down dinner. Other notable sponsors include Kessling Financial Group, Desmond Brothers Insurance, Linnemann Funeral Homes, the Kiwanis Club of Covington, NewForms Printing; and Cleves and Lonneman Jewelers of Bellevue, who donated the absolutely beautiful set of diamond earrings for this year’s Grand Raffle prize.

In addition to tons of fun, Mentoring Plus raised over $30,000 to further its cause of helping these kids.

This year’s event was held at the gorgeous Grand Daymar Room, on the top floor of the Daymar College Building on Route 8 in Bellevue, Kentucky. The Cincinnati skyline provided a stunning backdrop for the evening. Four 60-inch video screens displayed photos of Mentoring-Plus kids and the logos of our generous sponsors. Another thank you goes to Clay Wagenlander, who donated the huge video screens and produced and edited the video shown during dinner. Chairman, Judge Mickey Foellger, and Director, Kevin Kennedy, spoke about the organization during dinner, but the highlight of the evening was a speech by our program’s very own Masius Jones.

After-dinner excitement included a game of Heads & Tails, after which the winner donated back all of his winnings. Festivities also included live bidding on two tickets on the Ultimate Air Shuttle and the wheelbarrow of whiskey.

Nonprofit tries to put teens on right track

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