DENTON (UNT), Texas – Students in the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Social Work Practice 3 class are celebrating their achievements from the fall semester. They combined skills they learned in their Social Work Practice 1 and 2 courses to create an organization that served Lewisville Independent School District's School Age Parent Program called UNT Advocates for SAPP.
They created four committees – fundraising, collections and distributions, activities and advertising – and an executive board to assist the program that provides pregnant and parenting teens in the Lewisville school district with the support and resources needed to either remain in school or to return to finish their high school education.
Over the course of the semester, they held 10 fundraisers, including pie-in-the-face events, profit shares and silent auctions. They also tabled on the UNT campus multiple times and used social media to spread the word about their organization and events. They partnered with community members including the UNT Social Work Student Association, Brookshire's, The Bearded Monk, Harvest House, Game Changers Sports and Arcade Grill, Mulberry Street Cantina and others, to raise:
· More than $6,400 in physical donations
· More than $1,500 in monetary donations
· More than $2,400 in silent auction items