emPowerU Welcoming New Participant

emPowerU Welcoming New Participant

Rushville Elementary School will participate in emPowerU programming on Jan. 8, and will follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

Buchanan County R-IV’s participation marks a major shift in emPowerU’s Civic Engagement Immersions program during the pandemic as field trip opportunities have been limited. emPowerU will follow appropriate local and CDC guidelines with participants and staff including temperature and symptom screening, requiring face masks, social distancing and providing hand sanitizing stations.

Director of Program Operations, Devran Brower, said he is excited to welcome a new emPowerU participant.

“Our Civic Engagement Immersions is our most popular emPowerU program as it teaches students the importance of civic responsibility,” Brower said. “It is great to offer this learning experience for students as we begin 2021.”

The Civic Engagement Immersions include three unique sessions that build upon each other. On Friday, Jan. 6, Rushville Elementary School will be the first to experience Circuit One during the 2020-2021 school year. emPowerU continued to offer its programs through the pandemic, including STEAM After-School and the high school e2 Fellowship leadership program.

In August 2020, Mosaic Life Care Foundation announced the board of trustees’ commitment to offer Civic Engagement Immersions and e2 Fellowship programs free of charge through the next five years for the Foundation’s 31-county service region. Brower said it is important to give all students in the region an opportunity to participate in emPowerU civic engagement programming.

“This will be Rushville’s first interaction with our programming,” Brower said. “Our team looks forward to welcoming their students and staff to emPowerU.”

emPowerU offers programs where youth are encouraged to think creatively, work collaboratively and problem solve real-life challenges and opportunities.

For more information, please contact Devran Brower, director of Program Operations, at 816.271.7910.