Over 180 students, staff and presenters joined Michigan Campus Compact (MiCC) on Friday, October 3, 2014 for the 3rd annual Active Leaders Student Conference.This conference allows student leaders the opportunity to seek out successful models in leading community service initiatives, gain valuable skills in mobilizing efforts to maximize their impact and network with other student leaders and nonprofit professionals.
The keynote speaker was Bridget Clark Whitney of Kids’ Food Basket, a West Michigan nonprofit organization attacking childhood hunger to help young people learn and live well.
Coupled with Bridget’s story and words of inspiration, along with the many workshop sessions throughout the day, students were encouraged to utilize everything they learned for a special competition to commemorate MiCC's 25th anniversary and emphasize the conference theme, "Change Starts Here." Based on the framework of MiCC's Venture Grant application process, the students were divided into regional teams and given less than one hour to develop a "Venture Concept" which was presented to their peers and three guest judges. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, Michigan State University, The University of Michigan-Flint and Western Michigan University, MiCC was able to award $5,000 to advance student concepts!