H2O For Life

White Bear Lake, MN   |  www.h2oforlifeschools.org/

Mission

H2O for Life provides a service-learning opportunity for youth to raise awareness about the global water crisis. Students implement local and global actions to protect and conserve our water resources while taking action to raise funds for implementation of water and sanitation and hygiene education (WASH) for schools in need around the world.

This service-learning opportunity is designed to engage, educate, and inspire youth to become global citizens. Our innovative school-to-school approach helps young people develop a concern for others by taking a major global crisis and scaling it down to a manageable size; one water project in emerging and developing nations. Students learn that they can make a tangible difference for the students in their partner school.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Doug Niemela

Main address

4756 Banning Ave, Suite 207

White Bear Lake, MN 55110 USA

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EIN

26-0338552

NTEE code info

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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H2O for Life teaches young people in the United States about the global water crisis through a service-learning program designed to engage, educate, and inspire the next generation of global citizens. Through our programming, students are encouraged to put their new knowledge into action by partnering with schools in developing nations and raising awareness and funds for water, sanitation, and hygiene education projects for those partner schools. H2O for Life partners U.S. schools with schools in developing nations that are in need of clean water, sanitation and hygiene education that enable children to attend school and improve their health. These projects help to foster important life skills such as setting goals, teamwork and compassion—qualities that are essential for student success in school and future careers. School leaders attest to how H2O for Life provides a transformative experience for their entire school community.

Our programs

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

H2O for Life Service Learning Program for US and Canadian Schools

H2O for Life provides a service-learning platform for K-12 schools. We provide curriculum focused on the global water crisis, active fundraising ideas and a crowd funding platform for schools and individual students. Our goal is to educate the next generation of global citizens who realize that their actions have impact.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

H2O for Life works with 13 NGO partners who provide and implement WASH projects in schools in emerging and developing nations. Our NGO partners provide half of the funds needed for a WASH project and H2O for Life schools provide the other half of the funds. Our NGO partners work closely with their local school communities. The local communities must provide locally sourced materials, labor and monetary contribution to lead to project sustainability.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Patricia Hall and H2O for Life 2009

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Educating and preparing youth to be the next generation of global citizens is at the heart of H2O for Life’s mission. We work with schools to provide meaningful project-based learning experiences that educate K-12 students about the global water crisis and local water issues and how they can use their voices to create positive change.
Through our innovative school-to-school approach, young people develop greater self-awareness and concern for others by taking on this global issue and scaling it down to manageable size: one water project in the developing world.

H2O for Life's innovative school-to-school approach, allows young people to develop greater self-awareness and concern for others by taking on this global issue and scaling it down to manageable size: one water project in the developing world. Students also realize that they can make a tangible impact for their peers at their partner school while becoming energized global citizens and activists for change.


H2O for Life is expanding our innovative service learning programs to reach more youth with our new online platform. This new interactive educational platform will allow teachers to better engage their students with our program, lesson plans and curriculum and showcase their service by:

Smart Search - To better guide teachers to the right resources for their needs – fast.

Compatibility & Integration with Google Classroom - Once teachers find the lesson plan or resource they'd like to use, with one-click they will have the ability to add it to their Google Classroom without switching between sites or copying and pasting documents.

Interactive Map - Teachers can showcase the local impact of their students’ projects and students can better engage and connect with their global partner school.

Video Discussion Platform: Flipgrid - Students will have the opportunity for a fun and engaging way to demonstrate and share their learning to their teacher, peers, and beyond. They can also share with other schools across the United States via video.

Accomplishments to date:
656,000 US/Canadian youth have participated in our service-learning program.
295,000 youth in emerging and developing nations have received WASH in School implementation.

A local Race 2 Reduce program focused on conservation and protection of US water resources is currently being implemented as a pilot program in two Minnesota school districts.

Teacher Ambassador program which is enlisting key teachers to promote our program to additional schools around the US.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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H2O For Life

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2021
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Board chair

Kate Booth

Patty Hall

Co-Founder

Kate Booth

Frank Plourde

Darin Zielsdorf

Teresa Williams

JIm Rathburn

Jenni Gallagher

Nicole Kettwick

Ashley Filipovich

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes