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MASON CITY, Iowa - Volunteering in your own community is one thing, but it takes even more effort to travel to a different state to help others.
It's an initiative based in the Twin Cities that gives students an opportunity to volunteer in communities around the US.
Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow attracts high schoolers from around the metro area who say they want to do more then just help out, they want to experience new places as well.
"What I love most about participating in these volunteer projects is I get to learn a lot about these different cities and to know that we all have the same type of issues going on. I think it's really great to help out different people from the different places," said Sarah Roth, Senior at Minnetonka High School.
Sarah Roth is a Senior from Minnetonka High School and says volunteering for any student is an opportunity they shouldn't pass up.
"I think through doing things like this, the students are exposed to different ways of life, and the way different people live. I think through that, they learn something that they just couldn't learn on the classroom," said Kyle Houlihan, Organizer with STLF.
Following the stop in Mason City, the group will gradually make their way to Illinois and finally Missouri making stops along the way to help local communities with projects on hand.
"The organization was founded by students for students. It's completely student-run besides a few staff members who work out of Minneapolis. I think because of that there is a different kind of connection that occurs," said Houlihan.
"Not only is it good on your resume but it really does feel good to know that I'm helping other people and I can continue to do that when I'm older," said Roth.
Organizers say the fact that the group is also student-run shows great initiative on their part.
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