Youth Development

Renewable World Foundation Inc

Teaching Outside the Books

Mission

Renewable World Foundation (RWF) strives within all of our programs to provide high quality educational opportunities in the areas of renewable energy, electricity, conservation, solar, and experiential learning in the outdoors. Working with schools across the Midwest, we engage students with meaningful hands-on, minds-on activities.

Ruling Year

2008

Founder

Bill Harris

Main Address

PO BOX 264

NESHKORO, WI 54960 USA

Keywords

education, outdoor program, energy, renewable resources, teaching,

EIN

39-2068107

 Number

3345399742

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Youth of today need to understand the energy problems they will be facing as adults. What worked in the past will not continue to work, we need to address a changing energy climate by teaching our youth about renewable energy resources and what the impacts of continued fossil fuel usage will have on their world. There is also a need to address the environmental impacts of pollution on water quality and show them through conservation programs what can be done and what still needs to be figured out to preserve our water quality into the future. A third problem facing youth of today is a lack of outdoor programs, leading to kids who just don't know anything about nature and ecology. Many are also lacking the soft skills employers are looking for in their employees like communications, problem solving, initiative, and motivation.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hydroelectric Dam Tours

In School Electricity and Magnetism

In School Energy

In School Conservation and Water Quality

Isle Royale Education Program Changing name to Outdoor Sustainability Program

Summer HIgh Adventure

Energy Camp

Canoeing Program

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total number of fields trips

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

Isle Royale Education Program Changing name to Outdoor Sustainability Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Isle Royale Education Program 6 groups per year of 16 youths.

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Fall 2018- Spring 2019 was the year of snow- lots of school closures and fewer programs completed. This is numbers over all RWF programs.

Number of program sites

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Counted as the number of schools, dams, and places visited to be with youth.

Number of youth programs offered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

Summer HIgh Adventure

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Multiple trips offered each year for High Adventure. Some are 1 week, some are 2 week, some are 2+ weeks.

Number of Facebook followers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of campers enrolled

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

Summer HIgh Adventure

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Renewable World Foundation is attempting to bring back a balance in a youth's life. Electricity and magnetism- learning the basics of energy, the how, why and what will happen if....? Giving youth a basic framework to add renewable energy learning to. Renewable Energies- learning about solar, wind, and hydro power and why this is important to the world. Hydroelectric tours of company owned dams to spark questions in student's minds about the future of renewables and how they work. We try to give them a look at real world energy solutions. Energy camps- students set up their own solar arrays and learn how to maximize energy from the sun and conserve energy when there is no sun. Real world failures of the battery banks makes them think about energy, where it comes from, and how to use it conservatively. Canoeing- learning how to canoe and learning lessons in cooperation while out in nature and viewing a river environment and it's plants, animals, and systems. Water resources, Conservation and water quality- students learn about our Earth's water systems, the quality of their water, how to test water, and what we can do to keep waters safe. Isle Royale Education Program- 7th graders learning about our National Parks and conservation while actively participating in a camping and hiking trip to Isle Royale National Park. They learn from the park rangers about the ecology, ecosystems, and geology of the park. They learn to cooperate with other schools and do everything from camp setup to cooking and cleaning. Soft skills lessons abound when students need to problem solve, communicate, and be motivated to make camp life easier. High Adventure Summer treks-For students who want more adventure and outdoor skills. BSA Venturing program that allows youth to investigate the natural world without their technology interfering. They do all of their own packing, cooking, sharing, camp setup and exploring nature.

Our biggest strategy is to start working with youth as early as possible, before they become set in their ways. Many of the schools we partner with use a multi-year initiative. Starting with a lower grade level for Electricity and magnetism, building on that the next year with renewable energy and dam tour, then on to Conservation and canoeing resources in a later year. Seeing the same youth over and over lets us get to know them and they want to do their best for us. The many schools involved with Isle Royale Education program tend to have youth go on to longer trips with High Adventure in the summers after experiencing Isle Royale the first year. All of our programs are experiential, letting the students find their own answers to a problem. Experiments in electricity keep them on their toes while trying to figure out the shocking truths about electrical laws and how magnets actually work. Hearing about something in a book is different than actually holding an experiment and doing it.

Renewable World Foundation's volunteer leaders and teachers give their best towards all the programs they are involved with. Renewable World Energies employees volunteer their time and are the heart and soul of the organization. They believe is teaching with real world experience and sharing their passions and expertise with the youth of today to try and mold them into tomorrow's world leaders.

Each program is different and progress can be measured via pre and post testing of Electricity and magnetism, renewable energy, and conservation programs. We measure the gain in understanding between the two. Many programs that are hand's on like canoeing, High Adventure, and Isle Royale Education Program the Foundation adults and the teachers can see a difference in attitude, skill, and ability between the beginning and the end of a program. Leadership skills increase, communications get better and the youth's attitude improves over the years.

With many of the Foundation's programs running for over 12 years we have been able to watch youth in 6th grade grow up, go to high school, and start college in a STEM program. Many have told us they got their "spark" from a Foundation program and have gone on to be engineers(mechanical, civil, and environmental) , linemen for utilities, park rangers, welders and pipefitters. Many still keep in touch and offer to be volunteer adults in High Adventure summer trips. We would like to keep offering schools programming for no fees to the schools as we have done for so many years. As the energy sector and environment changes, we will add in the newest ideas and learning programs to keep up with these changes.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.
What significant change resulted from feedback
Schools let us know that they need more students per group on our outdoor education programs to make it worth the school's time and efforts. We are restructuring our Outdoor program to be based in multiple places on the mainland instead of Isle Royale as it allows us to add more programs, more students per program, and allows the schools to have a full program slot alone again.

External Reviews

Awards

Certificate Of Appreciation 2013

Wisconsin Technology Education Associates

Conservation Award 2018

Dickinson County Conservation District

Business Honor Roll 2019

Wisconsin Area School Board Association

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Financials

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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