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.
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.
FHS Against ALS - The ALS Venture Team is a unique team made up of students from Fitchburg High School, MWCC, and WPI. Their mission is to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a progressive neurodegenerative disease, more commonly known as ALS. This group was inspired by their Ally’s husband who was diagnosed with ALS and later passed away. Through an annual walk at Fitchburg High School, they will raise money to not only donate to the ALS Foundation, but they will also continue to raise money to support the Glenn Robert’s Memorial Scholarship.
2016 – 2017
FMAC Scholarship - Having spent many years learning first-hand the impact of martial arts training on one’s physical and mental health, the members of the FMAC team realized that this activity was one they were lucky to have, as many students who need it cannot afford it. To remedy the situation, these members decided to create a Venture which would raise money to help give scholarships to those in need, especially focusing on those with disabilities with whom the FMAC program helps out.
Red Raiders Animal Helpers - Inspired by the presentation done by Sally Craigan of Be Pawsitive, a nonprofit that helps to support animals in need and provide therapy animals for people in need, the girls of Red Raiders Animal Helpers wanted to replicate such efforts through their Venture. The girls love of animals and their willingness to go the extra mile to help ensure those in need get the help they need will make this team one to watch.
2017 – 2018
Current Events Club - This Team understands the importance of doing community service, particularly for youth, but wanted to ensure that they and their peers could connect to service that they are passionate about. The Current Events Club is helping FHS students to earn community service hours for causes they truly care about while learning about issues affecting the community—often straight from news headlines. This examination and discussion about cause and effect of social issues, natural disasters, and more aims to help their peers understand the responsibility they have to participate in leading change.