Parkside’s Susan Blust awarded Leadership Kenosha’s “Project of The Year” Award
By: Kelliann Keeler
Susan Blust of Parkside's international student services and Study Abroad Program was recently awarded Leadership Kenosha's "Project of the Year" award for her work with YMCA and the Frank Neighborhood Project.
Along with team members Amy Greil, Jennifer Krase, and Patricia Woods-Clark, while working closely Frank Neighborhood Project staff, the team developed an experiential learning program for a small group of middle school-aged young men and women. Targeting youth that currently participate in the YMCA's Choice Youth & Family program, Susan and the team used the knowledge of the youth as being passionate about basketball to prepare them for 'Plan B' in case a career as a professional basketball player did not work out. The program included a career exploration exercise with UW software application, a speaker series of local successful professionals with a range of sport-related careers or those represented a chosen career of the youth, and a personalized campus visit to UW-Parkside including a tour and Q&A with Kevin Bradley, a UW-P Men's Basketball Assistant Coach. During two 3-hour encounters with the youth, the project team inspired dialogue and created real-life scenarios that revealed pathways into higher education and into careers thereafter, connecting the life experiences and skills of the youth to a rich diversity of speakers, resources and support.