2017 Project Proud Presentations
Below is an updated schedule for the order of Project Proud Presentations this year. There is a good line up of projects and topics, so please come and attend if you are able! The students will be presenting tomorrow at 7:30 am at Kosciusko REMC, 350 S 250 E, Warsaw, IN.
Updated 4/11/2017 at 4:15 pm.
Project Proud Presentation Update
Hello KYLA Cadets!
As mentioned in the meeting yesterday, Tony has compiled and provided a list of the order of presentations for our April 13th meeting. Don't forget that each presentation is about 5 minutes with 1-2 minutes in between to set up for the next presenter. You can use this to approximate the time that your guests should arrive to watch you present.
Contact us if you have any questions!
The Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy held their January 6 meeting at the Kosciusko Community Foundation building. Ann Lash-Branson, Human Resource Manager from RR Donnelley, led the students in several group discussions and activities where the students learned about different aspects of leadership.
Front (L to R): Katie Hepler, Triton Junior-Senior High School; Jennifer Soriano, Triton Junior-Senior High School; Brianna Nolin, KYLA At-Large Board Member, Triton Junior-Senior High School.
Back (L to R): Ann Lash-Branson, RR Donnelley Human Resource Manager; Anne Secrest, Tippecanoe Valley High School; Kyle Mangas, Warsaw Community High School; John Kuhn, KYLA At-Large Board Member, Warsaw Community High School.
The KCH Health & Wellness Center hosted the Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy’s December 2 meeting where the students learned about orthopedics and healthcare in the county. KYLA moderator, Tony Ciriello and Jay de los Reyes, Chief Operating Officer for Kosciusko Community Hospital welcomed the students.
Brad Harris stated that he has been working at Miller’s Merry Manor for 28 years. During those years he has held various positions. He encouraged the students to continue to learn and grow in a variety of areas which makes a person more job marketable. Harris spoke on leadership qualities which include caring for others, encouraging and challenging people and being a good communicator and listener.
Jay de los Reyes gave the history of KCH and stated that the hospital is affiliated with Lutheran Health Network and Community Health Systems which allows for the sharing of best practices. De los Reyes stated that because of quality care, KCH achieved the Joint Commission Top Performers award for the third consecutive year.
Matt Hauck, the Director of Rehabilitation for KCH’s new Orthopedic Center gave an overview of the services available. Through collaborative efforts the Orthopedic Center is implementing an innovative best practice model which includes group rehabilitation therapy.
De los Reyes then spoke on career paths available and needs in the healthcare industry. Technology will continue to be very important. He encouraged the students to continue on with their education, determine what is important to them and find a career that is meaningful.
Next, Andriko Telka from Zimmer Biomet stated that he began his career in orthopedics in Warsaw as a Co-Op. He challenged the students to not give up and to find a career they really enjoyed. Telka then showed several examples of specific implants that were made for patients’ unique needs. He stressed the importance of how technology, scientist, engineers, surgeons, and machinist all work together to create unique implants for people all over the world.
Tammy Allen of OrthoWorx informed the students that OrthoWorx was created in 2009 to ensure Warsaw remained as the Orthopedic Capital of the World and to promote the Warsaw area to prospective employees. Videos have been created that are shown at colleges across Indiana to help educate students about orthopedic careers and the Warsaw area. OrthoWorx has worked with Ivy Tech and their curriculum for certificate programs to ensure the students are job ready upon completion of the programs.
Jeffrey Rocket from Parkview Hospital stated that healthcare encompasses a wide range of job opportunities and is constantly changing. Rocket showed pictures of the new Parkview facility and shared the timetable for the opening of the hospital. January 21, 2016 is the opening date for the Parkview Physicians Group. Future dates will be the opening of Outpatient Services and an Emergency Room. Parkview is in the process of hiring approximately 100 people and several volunteers. Parkview is looking forward to partnering with local schools, businesses and communities.
Ciriello concluded the session by encouraging the students to continue working on their Project Proud service projects.
Front (L to R) Autumn Yoder, Wawasee High School; Janelle Deatsman, Maple Leaf Farms Communications Manager; Kennedy Krull, Whitko High School; Aimee Gladieux, Triton Junior-Senior High School; Kelly Heckaman, Purdue Extension Educator. Back (L to R) Tony Ciriello, KYLA Moderator; David Homme, Warsaw Community High School; Michael Jensen, Warsaw Community High School; Jared Mikel, Tippecanoe Valley High School; Dave Laurenz, Chore-Time Global Director of Marketing.
The Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy (KYLA) held their November meeting in Milford at Chore-Time Brock. The theme for the session was Agri-business in Kosciusko County. KYLA Moderator Tony Ciriello opened the meeting by welcoming the students.
Dave Laurenz, Global Director of Marketing from Chore-Time, presented information about the number of employees, plant locations and products of CTB. Laurenz pointed out the importance of future research and growth opportunities in the global world. Because of the potential of career paths with a global focus, he encouraged the students to master a foreign language in order to be able to better communicate and learn about other cultures.
During an interactive learning activity, Kelly Heckaman, Purdue Extension Educator, communicated to the students how important agriculture in Kosciusko County is both economically and for our food production. The students learned various county facts such as the average farm size, the number of farms, and the percentage of our income that goes towards food.
Janelle Deatsman, Communications Manager from Maple Leaf Farms shared how important vertical integration has been to their company. Deatsman informed the students of the various divisions of Maple Leaf and how these divisions help the company to be efficient and able to control the quality of their products. She had samples available for anyone wanting to taste duck.
Through each of the speakers, the students learned that agriculture is an area where engineers, scientist, managers, and planners are needed along with an abundance of technology.
The next meeting will be at KCH Health & Wellness Center on December 2 where the students will learn about Orthopedics and Health Care in Kosciusko County.
Feed My Starving Children 2015
Each fall, KYLA cadets and board members gather together to volunteer in the community. This year, KYLA joined a group of over 500 volunteers tonight to pack over 80,000 meals for Feed My Starving Children - Warsaw MobilePack! Hair nets and all, our group was able to pack 26 boxes! Great work everyone! For more information about Warsaw MobilePack, visit their website here: http://www.warsawmobilepack.com/.
October: State and Local Government
The Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy held its Oct. 7 meeting at the Warsaw Police Station. KYLA Moderator Tony Ciriello opened the meeting by welcoming the students and spoke briefly about the requirements for their Project Proud.
Each year, two students from the prior KYLA class are chosen to be an at-large member on the KYLA board. This year, Seniors Brianna Nolin from Triton Junior – Senior High School and John Kuhn from Warsaw Community High School are the students serving in this role. To help the current class understand more about Project Proud, both Nolin and Kuhn presented their projects from last year and answered any questions the students had.
Ciriello then lead a discussion about leadership. Summarizing the main aspects of what makes a good leader and providing traits associated with leadership failure, Ciriello encouraged the students to develop their own leadership style.
Kosciusko County Commissioner Brad Jackson described the decisions made by him and the other county commissioners. One of the biggest projects completed during his service has been the completion of the Justice Building which increased the capacity of the jail to 302. Jackson said our community is very fortunate the relationship between the city of Warsaw and the county is very strong, making it possible to combine efforts, resulting in financial savings. The example he gave was the counties 911 service.
Ryan Mishler, District 9 State Senator, informed the cadets about the workings of the state government. The students learned how bills are passed, the schedule of a state legislator, and the content of Indiana’s budget. Since Mishler is the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee, the majority of his time is spent working on Indiana’s biennial budget. Mishler, like Jackson, said we are fortunate that our city, county and state governments work together to help save money and make the community a great place to live.
The next meeting will be at Chore-Time Brock in Milford on Nov. 4 where the students will learn about Agri-Business in Kosciusko County.
Welcome Class of 2016!
The 22nd class of the Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy held its first meeting of the year at the Baker Youth Club, Warsaw. This year’s class includes 35 students who are in their junior year of high school.
The KYLA class includes students from Lakeland Christian Academy, Tippecanoe Valley High School, Triton Junior-Senior High School, Warsaw High School, Wawasee High School and Whitko High School. During this introductory meeting, the students were introduced to KYLA board members, received information about what to expect in the coming year and participated in mixer games.
KYLA has monthly meetings at various locations around Kosciusko County, where the students will learn the basics of leadership and experience various areas of our community such as government, healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture and service agencies. Each will have the opportunity to strengthen his or her leadership skills by choosing and completing a community service project and reporting on his or her experience.
The next KYLA meeting is set for Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Warsaw Police Station.
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