36 Bellevue West Students Graduate from MyPI Nebraska

Bellevue, Neb., February 12, 2019 – Last fall, 36 Bellevue West High School students graduated from MyPI Nebraska, a teen preparedness program. MyPI Nebraska was incorporated in introductory health science classes. Students learned about the CERT organization and how to respond to local emergencies. They also achieved CPR and AED certification and completed a community service project called PREP+6. Through the service project, students were able to educate 252 individuals or families on how to prepare for disasters.

Bellevue West teacher Cindy Skarda coordinated with Nebraska Extension, Nebraska 4-H, and the Nebraska Citizen Corps program to implement MyPI Nebraska. Through the 4-H Military partnership in Douglas and Sarpy counties, every MyPI graduate received a backpack filled with emergency response supplies.

“We are thrilled Bellevue West students were able to experience the MyPI program. Through MyPI they not only learned how to respond to emergencies and disasters and explore careers, but they strengthened their leadership, communication skills, and decision-making abilities,” said Ashley Mueller, Disaster Education Coordinator for Nebraska Extension. “We appreciate the generosity of our program partners who made this experience possible for these students.”

MyPI Nebraska was started in 2017. It is a component of the National Youth Preparedness Initiative, MyPI National, which is a partnership of 29 states. For more information on MyPI Nebraska or ways to get involved, visit mypinebraska.org or contact Ashley Mueller at 402-727-2775 or ashley.mueller@unl.edu.