LifeSmarts partners with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and its Safety Smart Ambassador Program to offer high school students an exciting opportunity to teach younger children clear and
confidence-building safety messages while giving back in their communities. We provide everything for high school students to get started: scripted presentations, lesson plans, worksheets, and videos featuring Timon and Pumbaa from Disney’s The Lion King. Students take it from there – presenting entertaining and educational content to kids ages 4-10.
The LifeSmarts Safety Smart program continues throughout the year, and there are very good reasons to get involved this summer:
- Apply for a LifeSmarts Safety Smart scholarship. Make presentations then complete and submit presentation reports and a scholarship application. Six $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in December 2016
- Use the Safety Smart Ambassador program to build your resume and beef up college apps.
- Plan and complete a community service project before the deadline.
- Meet goals with programs such as FCCLA’s Teach and Train, FBLA’s Community Service Project or Leadership in Action in 4-H.
- Integrate Safety Smart with volunteer opportunities at day camps, church groups, public libraries, summer school programs, or other organized programs for children.
Click here to see the full list of Top Ten Reasons to Make this a Safety Smart Summer, and visit the LifeSmarts.org Safety Smart page to learn more about the program.
We love hearing how the Safety Smart program makes a difference for both high school students and the younger children they impact:
- “As a two-year Ambassador, I was still amazed at the amount of information I learned about the students and about myself,” said Luke Dyer, a senior at Blair Oaks High School in Jefferson City, Missouri. He and his LifeSmarts teammates presented to a number of classes at the local elementary school, and were invited to present to a school-wide assembly.
- Salesanium High School Sophomore Austin Lin presented the Safety Smart program to elementary students at the Wilmington, Delaware, school where he volunteers every Friday. He reported, “It was incredible to see how the students were fully participating in the presentation, how attentive they were, and how enthusiastic they were about applying the topics they learned about into their everyday lives!” Austin added that the Safety Smart program instilled valuable life skills in him as well, saying that he has become a more confident public speaker, he learned to teach in different ways to engage the students, and he gained communications skills by emailing and speaking with teachers to set up his activities.
- Abigail Taylor, a senior at Iola High School in Iola, Kansas, summed up her experience so well: “I loved being a Safety Smarts Ambassador. Being around the young children was so refreshing, and their boundless energy and positivity was contagious. They were so eager to learn and willing to listen. It was rewarding to watch the children successfully master the Safety Smart skills. I hope that they will be able to utilize the skills they learned from the Safety Smart program for the rest of their lives. I know I will certainly use the teaching and leadership skills I gained from this experience for years and years to come.”
Thanks to all our LifeSmarts Safety Smart Ambassadors — you are making a real difference. We salute you!
Lisa Hertzberg, LifeSmarts Program Director