Looking back at Mike's 2005-2015 Highlights
Mike created The Idea Factory in 2005 to become the major focus of his coaching and consulting with youth and adults. The Idea Factory reflected the concept that student ideas and initiative could change communities by teenagers creating ongoing projects in their own community. In the city of Troy, Ohio we converted the 3rd floor of an old factory and over 2000 students participated in leadership training, creating community initiatives, and giving back to their community in amazing ways. A team of 40 student interns developed ongoing after-school programs for 7 elementary schools in the community.
Highlights of the Idea Factory included: Young Women of Distinction, Reading Buddies, Mathletes, Dreamer's Gymnastics, Mentor2Mentor and Serve it up! The Idea Factory served the community from 2005-2012.
The School of Urban Studies contracted with ONE CALL NOW, a telecommunications company in Troy, Ohio in 2011. The vision included creating a summer reading program for at-risk children in Troy, Ohio and creating a book give-away initiative of 10,000 books in 8 area schools. The program grew within one year to serve 40 schools.
The decision was made in the summer of 2012 to expand the vision and audience of the School of Urban Studies by contracting with SHOWPIG.COM, an online livestock auction company. The vision including recruiting students from across America with livestock and agriculture backgrounds to be a part of the World Changers non-profit movement.
Students created livestock and agricultural initiatives with one of the highlights being focused on American high school and college students partnering with students in Jamaica to create both a swine and chicken student led business. We established a strong “Study Abroad” program through this initiative.
The vision expanded to create the Showpig.com All-Star Team in 2013. The focus of the All-Star Team included selecting 24 of the top agricultural and community service minded students in America.
Ninety students from 14 states applied and the selected team spent a week in Romney, West Virginia with a leadership, service-learning and livestock agenda.
When You Take a Pig Across America
15 students from 13 states created a vision of taking an 8’ x 4’ x 4’ Paper Mache Piggy Bank from coast to coast, traveling 10,000 miles on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The goals included fundraising and awareness of the idea that students can create major projects on their own initiative. Each student create fundraising and awareness events within their own communities with all the proceeds going to the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
2015 Tipp City Roller Mill Project