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The Fridley High School (FHS) Young Women’s Group is helping to raise money for clean water efforts in Puerto Rico through organization H20 For Life.
The Young Women’s Group (YWG) is a group of female FHS GEAR UP seniors. GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a college readiness program provided to Fridley students in a partnership with Hennepin Technical College. The program initiated in 2012 when the current seniors of the Young Women’s Group were in 7th grade.
Interim Director Rebecca Walker said that the purpose of the YWG is to foster an encouraging environment for female leadership, community involvement and academic excellence.
Walker said the YWG chose to raise money to support clean water efforts in Puerto Rico because many citizens continue to struggle since Hurricane Maria devastated the country in fall 2017. The hurricane is regarded as one of the worst natural disasters to strike the country in history, leaving thousands without homes and basic living necessities. Much of Puerto Rico’s water supply has been contaminated and people across the island face daily challenges to secure clean drinking water even today.
The Fridley YWG has partnered with nonprofit H20 For Life, an organization that provides service-learning opportunities for schools in the United States. The projects are designed to engage, educate, and inspire youth to become global citizens. Through H20 For Life, the students are raising money to purchase Waves For Water filtration systems for residents in Puerto Rico.
The group is working toward their fundraising goals to help Puerto Rican families in need. In March, they raised $300 bagging groceries at Cub Foods in Fridley. On April 9, the students began selling H20 For Life t-shirts during their lunch hour. They have also organized a Chipotle fundraiser on April 24, where 50% of all proceeds from 4-8 p.m. will be donated to H20 For Life if the Young Women’s Group is mentioned (5200 Central Avenue NE location).
If you would like to contribute to this cause, please visit www.h2oforlifeschools.org/sponsors/436 to make a donation.