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- Miner Challenge
- The program began in 2008 with the first trip to Boone, North Carolina, where students worked with Western Youth Network and Habitat for Humanity. 2011 was the first year that Miner Challenge had two teams travel concurrently to two separate locations to with a wide variety of organizations, rather than just one city and one main partner organization. 2013 was all about record breaking! Not only did we have the most participation yet, we sent three teams across the country!
Realizing the strength of the students who help run this program the decision was made to give more leadership opportunities to the Miner Challenge participants. The decision to create a Miner Challenge Peer Involvement Advisor to coordinate the program was made. This has helped the program go from staff run, to a student driven experience! Trip Leaders have more stake than ever before in the success of the Miner Challenge experience.
2014 was a very big first for us as we journeyed to our very first International experience to Jinotega, Nicaragua. The students really got to experience a lot of what was a new culture for them and still volunteer and teach English to underprivileged children. We also created a non traditional trip - a five day abbreviated experience to allow students a bit of free time during their break.
2015 was a great year for growth! We added one more trip, allowing even more students to participate in the Miner Challenge experience. We went heading back to Nicaragua, this time to Santa Julia to work side-by-side with community members to build and improve local infrastructure. We sent other teams to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Michigan, and Little Rock, Arkansas.
Rolla, MO 65409