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Capstone Projects – Belmont Senior Seminar Class

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2018 GraduationMay 5th, 2018
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Earlier this week, we highlighted the work done by the Senior Seminar class at our Santa Clara/Mission College location. This time, we highlight the work done by students in the Belmont class, most of whom are pictured below:

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Pictured:  top row, left to right:  Sheila Romero, Karen Dittman, Michele Yoskovich, Noel Chavez, Kaye Little, Natalia Morales, Julian Agustin, William Cotter.  Middle row, left to right:  Cindy Joachin, Katrina Hary, Liane Johnson, Kimberly Carl, Yanely Pulido, Lorena Alcayaga, Kim Kubal, Robbi McCaughan, Layla Pejooh.  Bottom row, left to right:  Genna Armanini, Olga Salgado, Diane Lippi, Leti Juarez, Josue Hernandez, and Amarjit Dhillon.  Not pictured:  Edyta Zulick.

Sheila Romero.  Millbrae Education Foundation Fundraising Event.  Sheila led a fundraising effort to create needed funding for educational programs that have been recently cut.  Her sponsor enthusiastically commented that enthusiastic leaders like Sheila “encourage others to embrace the mission for better education [and so] inspire the next generation to a better future.”

 Edyta Zulick.  Children’s Power Play Campaign.  Edyta implemented a program for Sacramento Inner-City After-School program attendees to inspire and empower them to eat more fruits and vegetables and to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.  Several groups of children at two different Sacramento locations participated in the program.

Liane Johnson.  InnVision Shelter Network Volunteer Outreach.  Due to Liane’s efforts, the Innvision Shelter Network can count on the support of over 18,000 volunteers annually to help homeless families and individuals return to permanent housing and self-sufficiency.  Liane led volunteer recruitment events and created opportunities for current volunteers to recommit time to volunteer activities.

Kim Kubal.  Your Strength to Heal.  Kim used her capstone project to announce collaboration between Your Strength To Heal and business owners in Puttaparthi, India. This partnership will enable funding and support for safe and nurturing residential trauma centers in India for women.  Specifically, Your Strength to Heal, which was founded by Kim, now has a business plan and is in the process of obtaining funding to purchase land for a trauma center.  Her sponsor noted that “Ms. Kubal as the perseverance, strength, and tenacity to accomplish any task she sets her mind to.”

Cindy Joachim.  PCs for Kids.  Cindy worked with the Parent Empowerment Academy, a nonprofit founded as an NDNU capstone project last year, to raise money to buy computers for students in need in the Burlingame school district.  Her efforts included both the acquisition of the computers and a training/internet use handbook for parents.

Lorena Alcayaga worked with StarVista , which is dedicated to “strengthening communities by empowering children, youth, adults, and families to overcome challenges through education, counseling, and residential services.”  She assessed their internal communication processes with staff, clients, and partner organizations and implemented changes to improve those processes.

Diane Lippi.  Engagement 2.0.  A project for St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda.  Diane launched a new campaign focusing on a variety of new initiatives to engage a more diverse student population and increase the school’s enrollment.  She interviewed 102 families, analyzed their feedback, and presenting findings and recommendations to the SJND Executive team.  The principal of the school (who also offered Diane a paid position!) said, “we are so grateful for her leadership, wisdom, creativity, and most of all, her commitment and passion to our school.”

Karen Dittman created the design for a new adult volunteer website for the San Mateo County Chapter of the Society of St. Vincent’ de Paul.  This organization provides person to person services of time, talent, and resources to help those in need or in crisis.  Due to her efforts, the organization has improved how volunteers engage, which better supports staff and outreach needs for clients.

Genna  Armanini worked with Art in Action to provide them with grant research and to improve their social media content.  Art in Action relies greatly on grant funds to help the organization’s continued growth; the research done is therefore essential.  In addition, Genna helped to create three separate videos that the organization will use for social media content.

Kaye Little.  Recognition Luncheon for Peninsula Volunteers.  Since 1947, Menlo Park’s Peninsula Volunteers program has created high quality and nurturing programs for the aging.  This year, Kaye worked to raise over $2,500 and recognized over 70 volunteers for their efforts.

Amarjit Dhillon worked with the Professional Studies Program at NDNU to create new content and changes in organization to the current social media efforts.  She explains that “the average evening student at NDNU may be balancing work, life, and school… these updates create a virtual community where students can gain access to important events and connect with other students.”  Her efforts included surveys to current students and important market research that reveals NDNU’s efforts as cutting edge among local schools with similar programs.

Michele Yoskovich.  Juniper is a spiritual organization that has its roots in the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist lineage.  Michele announced the creation and completion of a new organizational marketing plan, which lays the foundation with which to proceed with sound and authentic marketing “by differentiating itself from much of the noise that is found in the spiritual ‘marketplace’ today.”

Robbi McCaughan implemented San Mateo’s First Ever Walk-In Wig Bank, working with the American Cancer Society.  The event was aimed at benefitting women and was a collaborative effort between the American Cancer Society and the Seton Medical Center.  This was the first event ever of its kind and made essential services accessible to women who could not otherwise afford hair prostheses.  Her sponsor, Noelle Santamaria, noted that “because this was a pilot event, we were really unsure as to what our turnout would be, but wow, we were so please to see the great number of women who attended.”

Layla Pejooh.  Hearts for Homeless.  Layla created and implemented an ambitious fundraiser, raising $800 for the Hotel de Zink (part of InnVision and Shelter Network).  Hotel de Zink is a homeless outreach program that rotates between 12 area churches, each housing 15 people for the month.

Olga Salgado helped to organize the Second Harvest Food Bank’s annual conference, “Cultivating Parnerships to End Hunger.”  The purpose of the conference is to “promote success in building financial support and recruitment, retention, recognition of volunteers, and successful inter-agency communications and referrals for those individuals who are in financial need.”

Letty Juarez initiated the First Annual Membership Drive for the International Order of Rainbow Girls of Redwood City.  She launched ten different events designed to raise awareness of IORG, which is designed to build confidence and leadership skills for girls aged 11 to 20.

Yanely Pulido launched a Community Needs Assessment for the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA.  Yanely’s efforts have allowed the Y to reconnect and engage with the community they serve.

Julian Agustin.  First Annual Basketball Camp.  Working with the Daly City Police Activities League, Julian coordinated this event, working in collaboration with Westmoor High School, the Daly City Police Department, the Daly City Police Officer’s Association, and members of the community.  This camp was offered free of charge to boys and girls in the fifth, sixth and seventh grades and 44 participated.  Julian noted that “we were on the ground level with local youth, teaching them teamwork, enhancing their skills, promoting fitness, and allowing police officers to interact with the kids in a positive environment.”

Katrina Hary.  Spring Valley Elementary School Heritage Day.  Katrina organized presentations about the culture and heritage of China to 16 classes at this Millbrae school, supplementing their academic curriculum with a “professional package that will expedite the school’s ability to meet its academic criteria and enable volunteers to grasp their roles promptly.”

Natalia Morales worked with W.O.R.D (Women Organized to Resist and Defend) to facilitate the expansion and upgrade of their networking database for donors, speakers, facilitators, participants, and other organizations.  Her sponsor noted that “her work with our interns… was spectacular.”

Kimberly Carl organized and hosted a human trafficking awareness symposium to benefit Oakland non-profit MISSEY.  She explained, “human trafficking is a huge problem that surrounds our everyday lives and MISSSEY is this small grass roots organization that is fighting in a big way.”  Kimberly orchestrated the entire symposium, finding a facility, organizing volunteers, and scheduling three amazing key note speakers:  Rosario Dowling of Californians Against Slavery, Venus Rodriguez of MISSEY, and Maile Sanchez of IBREA.

Josue Hernandez worked with the School of Business and Management to host our second Executive Recruiter Event, marketing the opportunity to students and to the community, handling the logistics, and coordinating the actual event.  He showed flexibility and resourcefulness in bringing this important resource to the community.

William Cotter worked with the Grateful Garment Project to launch a new website.  The Grateful Garment Project began as a capstone project two years ago; its founder noted that “William has done an excellent job of bringing everyone together to help our organization grow.  His efforts have allowed us to reach a large demographic, ultimately getting the word out more effectively and enabling the possibility of returning dignity to more victims of sexual violence.”  The new web site contains a press kit, information in Spanish, a new giving program, and a more dynamic approach to sharing information with its audience.

Noel Chavez created two Public Service Announcements for the Sequoia Adult High School Scholars Foundation program.  This organization sponsors students who are transitioning to a community college.  Through this project, Noel highlights the program’s mission by using the client stories and successes.

Congratulations to all! 

The projects results are impressive and the ways that your efforts will continue to benefit our community are immeasurable.

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