Assistant project coordinator, Drake Materre, plans on expanding the mission and vision of Natural Path Nutrition Inc. to the Champaign-Urbana area. Drake, a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, hopes to get students involved with fulfilling that expansion by creating the New Age of Champaign-Urbana Project.
The New Age of Champaign-Urbana Project is a chapter of the New Age of Chicago Project, a project under Natural Path Nutrition Inc. The New Age of Chicago Project was created as an incubator for entrepreneurial, socially conscious young adults to create new approaches and methods for community development. As a result, members of the new chapter as a registered student organization (RSO) will be able to contribute to what projects or programs the project will run in the Champaign-Urbana area.
The chapter hopes to conduct a yearly health and wellness fair, modeled after the New Age of Awareness Rally, conduct a monthly session called ‘How to Mobilize and Organize for Change,’ work on the New Age of Awareness Rally 2018 in Chicago, and volunteering at homeless shelters and food pantries. There will also be a special component, an internship program, which will give students the opportunity to be non-paid interns with Natural Path Nutrition Inc.
The internship program will get students in front of elementary school and high school students, teaching them the nutrition education program and the DAMP program, programs under Natural Path Nutrition Inc. Those who wish to work as a non-paid intern for Natural Path Nutrition Inc. will also have the opportunity to create and roll out their own program at local schools. There are also other non-paid internship opportunities.
“The same thing my mother and I do in Chicago, running programs at schools, I want that to be done in the Champaign-Urbana area. I want the students to have the ability to run the educational programs,” Drake says. Only those who wish to work with the internship program will be considered interns. Members of the chapter will not be considered interns of the organization.
“The internship program is separate from the RSO, but members of the RSO will have first priority in working with the internship program,” Drake states.
The New Age of Champaign-Urbana Project Chapter has been approved as an RSO with the university, and the chapter hopes to hit the ground rolling this coming fall semester at the university.