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October 22, 2013 > High school students help prepare seniors

High school students help prepare seniors

Submitted By Monika Siu

Senior Personal Emergency Preparedness, or SPEP, began as an Eagle Project for local student Louis Leung. Having been involved at the Fremont Senior Center while in high school, Leung had a vision: to educate as many senior citizens about emergency preparedness as possible. Knowing he couldnÕt do this alone, he recruited his first team member and best friend Darshan Bagivalu to help with marketing. The two built and trained a team of high school students to make their tri-lingual (Hindi, Mandarin, and English) presentations a success. Months of hard work paid off. Over 200 senior citizens showed up to their three presentations this past April. The positive feedback from this project made Leung and Bagivalu realize the potential of their project. It prompted them to expand their mission and branch out around the Bay Area.

Since their first couple presentations in April, the team has been hard at work revamping the curriculum and gathering resources. SPEP recently affiliated itself as an outreach branch under Fremont CERT/PEP, and theyÕre currently working on raising funds to buy emergency prep essentials that can be distributed at presentations. The team of students in charge of SPEP is hoping to hold more presentations in neighboring cities. In the meantime, theyÕre working on a more pervasive marketing strategy, comprehensive curriculum, and potential sponsorships. Having already helped the seniors in Fremont, the SPEP team hopes to spread their message and tips to seniors throughout the Silicon Valley.

For more information visit SPEPÕs website at www.seniorpep.com

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