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Unplugged was founded in 2013 by Francheska & Fernando Ramos, when they saw a great need for a group that would offer mentorship, creative arts and stewardship in the Sullivan County schools, especially among minority groups. With the help of a few successful leaders that went through mentorship trainings, and had a creative talent, we were able to build two innovative clubs targeting minorities within our community. Our name, Unplugged, is derived from Romans 12:2 from the Holy Bible, where it says:
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
This verse has served as an inspiration to guide youth to be innovative. It starts by saying “don’t copy”, and at Unplugged we try to be a different kind of club. As a group, we encourage youth to use creative arts as tools to serve the community and at the same time teach and encourage productivity. We also realized that there were no organizations within the school that provided mentorship programs that would help youth apply positive values and find new opportunities to serve the elderly and those in need. With the help of the Church of God, located in Monticello, NY, these two new groups have since been dedicated to serving the community and building up youth to actively advocate for biblical values. Unplugged was the first religious group in the High School and the fastest growing organization at SUNY Sullivan, where we even won a certificate granted by the Student Organization department for our outstanding outreach work in the college.