Lake Travis High School Teen Impact, together with We Are Blood (formerly the Blood Center of Central Texas), hosted its annual Spring Blood Drive at Lake Travis High School April 13. The drive collected 130 donations. The group's fall blood drive in October 2016 yielded 125 donations.
LTHS became the largest single donation collection in the history of We Are Blood with 85 donations in October 2011. Since then, because of the increase in donations each year, the goal for LTHS has been raised numerous times .
LTHS Teen Impact students operate the blood drives under the supervision of Susan Seglem, Spanish teacher and Teen Impact sponsor. The program is an academic leadership class for junior and senior students that provides them with the opportunity to study, practice, and develop group/individual leadership and organizational skills. Stephen Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, is the program's main text. The class performs acts of service for the school, local community, and greater Austin.
In addition to facilitating two annual blood drives, Teen Impact:
- conducts numerous charity drives throughout the year including Toys for Tots, donations for Dell Children’s Hospital, tabs for The Ronald McDonald House, food and clothing drives, collections for the homeless, and helps the Travis County Sheriff’s Office collect cell phones for victims of abuse and candy for their shelters
- organizes and conduct Shark Camp (orientation for 8th graders) and New Student Orientation in August
- helps with Lake Travis High School Round-Up (back-to-school event)
- conducts many school tours for prospective students and assist other clubs in their school-wide projects (such as Teacher Appreciation posters)
- serves on committees that impact student policies such as the Student Health Advisory Council, the Principal’s Council, and Safe Place Training, as well as making presentations to the superintendent and school board.
Students are selected for the class through an application and interview process. The interviews are almost solely conducted by current Teen Impact students, with Ms. Seglem making the final selection.
"Students are selected based on their willingness to challenge themselves to be the best they can be for the purpose of serving others, for their desire to reach out to students who need a mentor, and who can be honest about their weaknesses and put in the effort to covert those to strengths," said Ms. Seglem.