Success Story: HERE Program

Success Story: HERE Program

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT) is a fully accredited, nationally recognized, undergraduate-focused engineering, science and mathematics college located in the Wabash Valley. The Institute’s Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineering (HERE) Program was founded in 2011 to provide a living-learning experience for first-year students who want to learn more about sustainability in engineering and science…

The HERE Program recently created a free afterschool program at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School called Ryves Up!, which is available to approximately 20 elementary school students. Ryves, Up! has a three-fold purpose: (1) to promote sustainability, (2) to create healthy living opportunities for students and their families, and (3) to help kids explore careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Along with volunteers and the program director, one Benjamin Franklin teacher and two RHIT interns spend two hours twice per week for 35 weeks mentoring and teaching students grades K-5.

A $12,500 grant to help provide the resources needed to launch the HERE Program came from Bentrup Family Endowment Fund, Thomas and Susan Dinkel Family Endowment Fund, Janice and Vern Fellows Endowment Fund, Guys Who Give Community Fund, Ray G. Ingram Endowment Fund, Delmar L. and Betty L. Jones Family Fund and Alpa Patel and Thomas Yeagley Community Fund.