Good neighbors campaign funded robotics team uses ingenuity to find its way to the national championship.
For the Foshay Learning Center’s Team 597 Wolverines, it was a suspenseful moment. Which high school team would win the prized Chairman’s Award at the FIRST Robotics International Competition in St. Louis?
Bob Tuttle, FIRST’s co-chair of the board of directors, addressed the audience and talked about the accomplishments of the Wolverines. (FIRST refers to For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.)
“You all did a great job, but there is one team that is particularly special in this program,” he said. “They are the role models and change agents reaching out and transforming whole communities to show through their actions the lessons of team work, gracious professionalism and all the good life lessons FIRST is all about.
Jason Mares, a junior at Foshay, was confident that the school’s team would win the competition. After all, their presentation blew away the panel of judges. But then he looked around and felt uncertain. There were 59 other robotics teams from around the world in the competition. He decided it ultimately didn’t matter. If his team lost, it would simply come back next year, better and stronger, to win it.
Seconds later, Mares and 12 of his teammates heard their team name called, and they all ran up on stage to claim their trophy.
“That moment was just complete shock,” Mares said. Read more here
This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. Since 1994, USC faculty, staff, and friends have been coming together every October to help USC be a good neighbor. In all, they have donated more than $20 million dollars in support of university-community partnerships. 100% of contributions is distributed via USC Good Neighbors grants (formerly USC Neighborhood Outreach or UNO). Supported partnerships strive to enhance educational opportunities, promote health and fitness, enhance public safety, and support economic development. Nearly 700 grants have been given to date.
April 5, 2017
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March 30, 2017
Like any career or trade, masonry has startup costs. Tools, boots, union initiation fees and dues can total more than $400 — no small sum for a worker like Marco Sanchez who’s just getting started. That’s where the Good Neighbors Campaign comes in.
“They helped me get going,” said Sanchez, a 27-year-old father who walks to work at USC Village. “I used to work at the airport, but I wanted to pursue a career with better pay and benefits.”
In order to advance his career, several community partners joined forces to ensure that more community members get an opportunity to work at USC Village. Full story here.