Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
St. Cloud State University student Kurtis Neu needs your vote to make it to the White House.
Neu is one of 15 finalists chosen in the 2011 Campus "Champions of Change" Challenge, which invites college and university students from across the country to demonstrate how their student-led project is improving their campus community and helping America win the future.
After reviewing a record number of entries, 15 finalists were named, including Neu's which is titled "Our Promise: Building a Better Community Together."
Neu's project was put into action last summer providing bagged lunches for children in a multi-ethnic, low-income neighborhood who would normally qualify for lunch assistance during the academic year at a local elementary school. After receiving a grant from the campus food supplier, Neu and his team began making bagged lunches in the campus cafeteria every morning Monday through Friday. College students and volunteers from the community worked together to prepare meals which students then distributed to children in the neighborhood. What started as only a few hundred meals and a handful of volunteers grew to nearly 1,000 meals and dozens of volunteers as awareness of the lunch program spread.
Residents and volunteers meet face-to-face
Delivering the meals to various locations throughout the neighborhood made it possible for students and residents to meet face-to-face and to have purposeful conversations and to work towards establishing relationships based on trust, compassion and a general concern for the well-being of all community members.
Visit campuschallenge.uservoice.com, to learn more and to vote.
The top five winners will largely be selected based on voting and named Campus Champions of Change and will be invited to a culminating event at the White House. The Challenge winners, in addition to the concluding event, will be highlighted by mtvU and MTV Act and also host an episode of mtvU's signature program, "The Dean's List".
The deadline to cast your vote is Saturday, March 3.