2009 – 2010
Intergenerational Venture - In an attempt to keep kids off the streets after school, this venture targets students who might have to do community service and create bridges between the young Fitchburg population, and the elderly population.
Prom Dress Express - The goal of this venture is to collect and clean donated dresses so that girls who may not have the income to buy an expensive dress, can still go to and enjoy their prom.
Red Raider Rock Band - This venture hopes to give students an activity afterschool in an attempt to keep them out of trouble by means of music. This venture was created specifically because due to budget cuts the Fitchburg High School cut funding for their Jazz Band.
We've Got You Covered - This Venture was started by two students on the Fitchburg Softball team, and who participate in the Fitchburg High School National Honor Society and Fitchburg Girl Scouts. To help their community they are building covers for the dugouts in the school’s baseball and softball field as well as handing out scholarships to girls who wish to play in the Fitchburg Lassie League but cannot afford it. This Venture has effectively involved both the Fitchburg High School Softball and Baseball teams, as well as community partners who helped them build the dugouts.
2010 – 2011
Fitchburg High School Rachel's Challenge - This group of students, who were extremely effected by the violence in Fitchburg, brought an anti-violence assembly to the school this year called Rachel’s Challenge. They also created a club that promotes anti-violence by creating community within FHS. After the assembly, students pledged anti-violence, by signing a Rachel’s Challenge banner and the Team recruited more students for their Venture and club that complements their mission.
Raider Works - This group of students stemming from the IT Class, which specializes in wood work, have started their own business by selling items such as pens, chairs, necklaces, and play houses around Fitchburg and Leominster. Students advertised on FATV, print flyers and even held an exhibit at the Mall at Whitney Field. Their hope is to build more school pride and provide youth with a positive outlet outside of school.
2011 – 2012
Fitchburg Finches Quidditch - This Venture would like to start a “Muggle Quidditch” sports team in order to motivate their peers to keep active, while having fun. Muggle Quidditch is a game that has been described as “a combination of dodge ball and basketball.” The Fitchburg Finches became inspired after discovering the game of Quidditch in the Harry Potter series.
KimChiLove - This Youth Venture team would like to expand the learning possibilities within Fitchburg High School, providing a language and cultural experience that isn’t widely recognized, but loved by many in the FHS community—the Korean language and culture. Kim Chi Love will offer FHS students, and its members, the opporuntiy to learn Korean, providing FREE language lessons, and plan to entertain with modern Korean movies, dramas, and music.
Stand Up (UNICEF) - After Lead Venturer, Ludmy Elianor, spent a portion of her summer vacation volunteering with a local church group, she discovered her desire to help the children of Haiti. She saw, firsthand, how children and families lived in this part of Haiti—everyday—without adequate amounts of food, water, or shelter. Ultimately, she decided that she wanted to do something to help, and in this process, she learned of the organization, UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). Soon after, a Youth Venture was born, and Ludmy recruited students from the Multicultural Club at Fitchburg High School to form a Venture Team. Stand Up plans to hold annual fundraisers including a UNICEF Walk (where over $300 was raised at their first annual walk at FHS this Spring, 2011) as well as sell t-shirts and wristbands, donating 50-75% of their proceeds to UNICEF.
2012 – 2013
FHS Free Rice - This Venture Teams initiative is to raise world hunger awareness and support a non-profit organization Free Rice, whose goals are to end world hunger through donation of rice and provide free education to all. Through an educational online gaming, Free Rice provides students the opportunity to learn online in various subject matters such as English, Humanities, Math, Science, Language, SAT Prep, Chemistry and Geography. For each question students answer correct 10 grains of rice is donated to the World Food Programme to help end world hunger. Imagine while students improve their vocabulary and/or studying for the SAT’s rice is going to those who need it most in less developed countries.
Helping Hands - This Venture will spread awareness of the problems that children are facing in places like Haiti, and inspire them to help in little ways or big ways. Hoping to help children all over the world, Helping Hands is partnering with the an organization called UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). This Venture plans to hold annual fundraisers and donate the proceeds to UNICEF.
Double Dutch Initiative - This Venture team members from Fitchburg High School teach Double Dutch Jump Roping to elementary and middle schools students in the Fitchburg public school system. Through this Venture many skills are taught; good health, physical fitness, teamwork, leadership, and resilience. The jump-rope teachers also serve as mentors and tutors in which they look out for the well-being and growth of the kids.
2013 – 2014
ARCS - What began as a push to build more bathrooms in Coolidge Park in Fitchburg has transformed into an incredible effort by the members of Team ARCS to help improve Fitchburg on a much grander scale. They are now dedicated to having their venture work in tandem with the City of Fitchburg Mayor’s office and Department of Parks and Recreation to gain comunity support for the construction of a whole new field house in Coolidge Park. This Venture will help to improve the park for Fitchburg residents as well as attract a large number of visitors from all over the state to this great city.
2014 – 2015
Guardians of Camp S.U.N., Camp S.U.N. - A good cause can have the power to unite many different individuals behind a single goal. This idea was proven true by the efforts of the Counselors-in-Training at this summer’s Camp S.U.N. in Fitchburg. Already leaders in their own right this diverse group of 14 seventh- and eighth-grade students were able to put their heads together to create a single Venture idea, complete an action plan, present their idea before a panel, and implement their project in a period of only four weeks! Dedicated to raising awareness about the problems of bullying in schools, and how their passion for the arts can help the bullied and bullies alike, the team launched an awareness campaign to Camp SUN participants, ranging in age from grade one through eight. Through informative presentations and personal stories about the effects of bullying, including a skit about how students can stop bullying at their schools, they were able to make a major impact on the impressionable minds of the younger campers. Not only did they help their fellow campers understand what bullying is, these students have become ambassadors for the Fitchburg school district as a whole, helping pave the way to put an end to the problems of bullying once and for all.
2015 – 2016