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A partnership between the University of Nebraska at Kearney, several McCook community partners and the Rural Futures Institute allowed 2017 Serviceship interns Tyan and Collin to lead McCook,NE THETA Camp Presented by RFI. The camp provided hands-on educational environments that integrated many key skills necessary to not only improve the health of rural youth but also inspire future health professionals.

Learn more about 2017 Serviceship in McCook, Nebraska here: ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/blog-post/mccook-theta-camp/
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RFI Serviceship interns Emily and Shelby packed their summer full of economic development for York, Nebraska! They worked with both the York Chamber of Commerce and the York County Development Corporation to research and develop a plan for the implementation of LB840—a municipal act that would allow for the allocation of tax dollars toward specific economic development projects. That's FAR from all these two accomplished during their nine-week serviceship, however.

For the full story and a photo timeline of Emily and Shelby's summer, check out their page on our website: ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/blog-post/york-community-marketing-lb840/
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This summer RFI Serviceship interns Madeleine and Amber conducted a needs assessment for the City of West Point Nebraska Parks and Recreation department. Their community-wide survey and funding/logistics research allowed parks and rec officials to prioritize potential projects. The team also assisted the West Point City Council with a community branding project, a plan to combat the Emerald Ash Borer and more!

For the full West Point Serviceship story and a photo timeline of Amber and Madeleine's summer, check them out on our website: ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/blog-post/west-point-marketing-parks-recreation/
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In North Platte, Nebraska, RFI Serviceship interns spent this summer identifying ways to prepare and retain a healthy workforce for the community. They discovered specific soft skills and qualities valued most by North Platte employers and worked with public school administrators on developing entrepreneurship education and career readiness strategies for students.

Visit ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/blog-post/north-platte-career-readiness-workforce-retention/ for the full North Platte Serviceship story—and a photo timeline of Trey and Sydni's experiences!
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3 Ps of Successful Community & Economic Development: Purpose, Perseverance & Positivity

August 18, 2017
I have served in the realm of economic and community development in our fine state for most of my adult life. While it has been my paid gig these past 10 years, I have come to realize that it takes everyone in the community to be successful—not just those of us who serve in paid positions Continue reading
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McCook | THETA Camp

August 17, 2017
University of Nebraska at Kearney exercise science majors Tyan Boyer and Collin Fleecs spent their summer running THETA Camp––which stands for “Teaching Health, Exercise, Technology and Aquaponics.” Continue reading
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West Point | Marketing Parks & Recreation

August 17, 2017
UNL student Amber Ross and UNL grad Madeleine Schwinghammer spent their summer working with the Parks and Recreation Department in West Point, Nebraska. Their main roles entailed conducting research to determine the gaps and needs for West Point parks, as well as marketing the plans they helped develop to the community. Continue reading
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