WKU $100 Solution Program Trains Students on Using a Small Amount to Make a Big Difference

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

If you were given 100 dollars, what would you do with it?

WKU and the alive center's $100 Solution" initiative shows you how you can take a little money, and make it go a long way.

"Here's the question... What could you do with a hundred dollars to change the lives of people in the area in which you live," said WKU Professor and $100 Solution Founder Bernard Strenecky.

The group trains its members to invest and stretch every dollar to make a difference.
One trainer says this program teaches you that you can't do it all at once. It takes one little step at a time, and it takes teamwork.

"This seems to get people to work together, and make the community larger, and stronger as a whole, and it teaches them that a hundred dollars can go a really long way," said program trainer Wendy Pons.

The training today certifies people to propose solutions to needs, and those needs aren't limited to our area. One group of students went to Vietnam in search of a need for their money.

"There is one thing. We have 40 students in the orphanage... and there's one thing they have never ever had. And everybody waited... and that is a hot shower," said Professor Strenecky.

It's the simple things like a hot shower, or a workshop showing single mothers how to change their oil and take care of their cars, that Strenecky says makes all the difference in the world to someone.

This year, the organization is partnering with the Warren County and Bowling Green school systems to help educate high school students. Strenecky says it's never too early to learn the importance of giving back.

For more information on the program and how you can join, to to http://www.wku.edu/alive/the100dollarsolution/


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