Hands-On Experience in the Community


Dr. Hilton's Class

Northern Michigan University social work students teamed up with the YMCA of Marquette to gain valuable experience organizing community events. The students’ goal was to gather information on nutrition and ways to increase Lake Superior Village participation in the SNAPed program. This is a government-funded curriculum designed to help low-income families with young children eat healthy.

Students gathered information by creating a survey and then going door-to-door asking Lake Superior Village resident’s questions about their eating habits and daily schedules. They also hosted a free spaghetti dinner at the Youth and Family Center at Lake Superior Village. Donated prizes from local businesses were given away. The YMCA’s SNAPed program coordinator was available at the dinner to answer questions and notify residents when the next SNAPed class was being offered. Survey results as well as a report of the student’s recommendations for the program will be delivered to the YMCA.

Junior social work major Shelby Schafer said, “It’s nice when people of similar interests can come together for such a rewarding experience.”

The NMU social work program and its students would like to thank the following Marquette businesses for their generosity: Campus Pharmacy, Marquette Bakery, ReBlossom, Smoothie King, SuperOne, Taco Bell, The Children’s Museum, Union Grill, Walmart and the YMCA.