Students in K-12, typically
several school classes,
At least 2 teachers, an
administrator, and at least one community partner (e.g.
non-profit organizations, government agencies, units of
government, local business).
What are Stewardship
Stewardship projects are designed
to meet community stewardship needs, can be integrated into
the school curriculum, and include facilitated communication
within their community.
Each Place-based Stewardship
Project is unique, incorporating exploration of the local
community and natural surroundings through hands-on
experiences. Teachers are encouraged to follow the
Force Process to identify real-world issues affecting
their community then work together to investigate and
address the problem. During a culminating event, students
share their findings with other youth, parents, residents,
and local partners.
Explore Past and Current LSSI
Projects by clicking on the School names to the left.
How to Become A School-Community Team
Any teacher in the Western UP is invited to
form a team (requires a minimum 2 teachers + 1 administrator
+ 1 community partner). LSSI can support one team per
Emily Gochis to get assigned a mentor to assist you, and
What support does LSSI offer
Each team works with
project mentor to develop a mini-grant proposal and work
plan for a year-long stewardship project. Mentors will help
facilitate the project once approved, providing support in a
wide variety of ways. Mentors provide a minimum of 5
hours of direct mentorship for each team per year valued at
Teams are eligible to
receive financial support through mini-grants, along with
sustained and ongoing professional learning valued at over
For LSSI Teachers (only):
Here is a
link to the Stewardship Project & Mini-Grant Proposal
Form 2020-2021 Proposals are due: Friday, December 11, 2020