North Dakota State University
RSVP+ North Dakota is a volunteer matching and service incubator organization serving 47 of the 53 counties in the state plus Clay County in Minnesota. Programming includes RSVP, FGP, VISTA, and a wide range of initiatives consistent with the CNCS 2011-2015 Strategic Plan and focus areas. Much of our activity is related to the traditional RSVP volunteer base--adults 55 and older. As an intermediary agency, we also program activities for volunteers under age 55, some as young as three or four who volunteer with parents or grandparents.
Our project objective is to remember and reflect on the tragedy of September 11, 2001, by engaging at-risk youth in meaningful service opportunities focused on preparing themselves and their communities for disaster. This will be accomplished by enrolling at-risk youth in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training and puppeteering performances through the Kids on the Block (KOB) program, performing Emergency Preparedness skits. As part of our recruitment for puppet presentations, we will be auditioning during the week of September 10-14, 2012. The first week of CERT training will be that week as well. The audience for these performances will be fourth, fifth, and sixth graders at schools throughout North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. We anticipate approximately 600 at-risk youth to volunteer for these events which will take place in the geographical areas of critical need--counties that are both prone to disaster and hold the highest rates of incarceration. Specifically, these counties are Burleigh, Cass, Clay, Grand Forks, Morton, Ramsey, Stark, Stutsman, Walsh, Ward, and Williams.