#RFIFellows In Action: Chadron Final Summary

For one of our weekly team Zoom calls we met in Kerri’s office to conduct our meeting. Left to Right: Sawyer Smith, Tyra Reardon, Terri Haynes (on the computer), and Kerri Rempp. 

By Tyra Reardon and Sawyer Smith

This summer has absolutely flown by quickly. It is hard to believe that our time in Chadron is coming to a close this week. We have been able to create a lasting impact not only on the Chadron community, but also the entire Nebraska panhandle. 

Tyra: This summer I focused my time on creating resources for Educational Service Unit 13 (ESU 13) and Discover Northwest Nebraska. I created two comprehensive mental health needs assessments for ESU 13 to implement. These assessments will be used to gauge the needs of the entire panhandle when it comes to mental health in schools.

After creating the needs assessments, I worked on the ESU 13 caseload data dashboard. This data dashboard will showcase the demographics of the students currently receiving mental health services, highlight trends, and identify weaknesses. For Discover Northwest Nebraska, I created merchandising mockups and uploaded tourist attractions coordinates on Google Maps. 

“I look forward to being able to further better myself and those around me by using the skills I have learned from being an RFI fellow. This has truly been an unforgettable experience!”

Tyra reardon

Sawyer: This summer, I spent the majority of my time focusing on the website redesign for Discover Northwest Nebraska. This redesign helped modernize the website, and helped make the site easier to navigate. The new website, when launched, will showcase all of what Northwest Nebraska has to offer its visitors.

Additionally, I worked alongside Tyra on the comprehensive mental health needs assessments for ESU 13. Beyond that, I had the opportunity to translate into Spanish the needs assessment that will be given to parents, in order to help make it accessible to more families. 

We were also able to volunteer within the community. We have created a PowerPoint presentation for the Dawes County Joint Planning Committee to use to advocate for their organization, a mental health community providers brochure for Chadron Public Schools, and working at the concession stands at the Chadron Nationals baseball games.

“Being an RFI fellow this summer has definitely taught me a lot about being an inclusive leader. I have learned skills that I will likely use for the rest of my life, and I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn and grow through this experience.

Sawyer Smith

We would like to thank the Dawes County community for their hospitality. We will forever remember our experiences as RFI Fellows thanks to our time here in Chadron!