06/01/2015
My Voice My Community
Best. Shout Out. Ever.

54 Projects, 45 Teachers, 300 Kids - That's How NID Throws a Party!

On Thursday, May 21st, Need in Deed hosted our annual Shout Out celebration in the incredible Karabots Pavilion at the Franklin Institute. With 54 projects, 45 teachers, nearly 300 students, plus dozens of friends, parents and supporters, this was by far the biggest and best ceremony recognizing the achievements of NID students and teachers yet. Did we mention the performances by the amazingly talented Jhayda Washington of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts? Oh yeah, and there was a drumline?!

Students and teachers presented their year-long service learning projects on topics ranging from childhood cancer to access to healthy foods, from gun violence to ending animal abuse, and a myriad of social issues in between. The “shout outs” - notes left by students and attendees on the project display boards - reflected how much they learned from each other, how encouraged they were to find other classes addressing similar topics, and how valuable their service efforts are. One shout out was especially gratifying, even if it made the event organizers feel old. It read simply “ON FLEEK!”

Need in Deed was also thrilled to present awards to some of the people and organizations who make our work possible. In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Teacher Network, NID recognized two community partners who have been critical to NID students’ learning and service projects, and who have been thought partners for our organization as we’ve refined and expanded the Network model.

The first Transformative Partner award was given to Scott Charles, co-creator of Temple University Hospital’s acclaimed Cradle 2 Grave violence prevention program. Scott was working at NID when he first heard the story of Lamont Adams, the young man whose short life and senseless death serve as the narrative base and emotional core of the Cradle 2 Grave experience. Each year, dozens of NID students benefit from this program – including 5 classes this year alone.

The second Transformative Partner award was accepted by Anita Kulick on behalf of Educating Communities for Parenting (ECP), which provides parenting education and youth development programs aimed at addressing teen pregnancy and ending the cycle of child abuse. One 4th grade NID class was so affected by Anita’s community partner visit that they raised $438 for ECP as part of their service to combat child abuse.

The Shout Out is a joyful reminder that our work is only possible because of the incredible students, teachers and partners who work with us each year. Click here to read about this year's Outstanding Teacher honorees, and check out a photo album from the Shout Out at Need in Deed’s Facebook page. Now please join us in a round of virtual applause for all our Shout Out participants and honorees!