Miners Give Back


Miners Give Back (MGB)  is committed to supporting community service and/or other humanitarian outreach activities.

The SME Foundation (SMEF) presents the Miners Give Back Award for the recognition of SME Section community service and humanitarian outreach. The Miners Give Back Award program promotes community service and humanitarian outreach initiatives by SME Sections within their communities and facilitates networking between Sections. 


This award recognizes the outstanding efforts of an SME Section for their accomplishments in community service and humanitarian outreach to serve the mission of Miners Give Back. The mission of MGB is to support world-wide initiatives focused on humanitarian efforts that tangibly improved the lives of individuals and inspired a commitment to give back to the local community.

Congratulations to the winners of the
2022 Miners Give Back Award:

The SME Upper Peninsula Section
SME Wisconsin Section

This award recognizes the SME Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin Section for their leadership and collaboration with the 4-H in Wisconsin to present an eight-module workshop (Mining is Essential to a Sustainable Future) to thirty middle school youth across the state of Wisconsin. This effort was the first attempt to integrate the geoscience perspective into 4-H programming.The section volunteers were fortunate to leverage a significant collection of educational resources developed by the Minerals Education Coalition for content in the workshops, along with the time of dedicated section membership. The sections are looking for new partnerships with youth organizations across the U.S. to deploy the workshops with, improve the content of the workshop so that it is more accessible and bring the workshop materials to a format that may be delivered by other adults connected to similar youth programs.


Nathan Manser, the SME Upper Peninsula Section Chair, accepted
the award from SMEF President Steve Holmes at the
2023 SME Foundation Gala Dinner in Denver, CO.
Not pictured: Andrea Martin, SME Wisconsin Section Chair.


How to Apply for the 2023 Miners Give Back Award

1. Serve: Complete your Outreach Project between January 2022 - March 2023
2. Apply: April 1, 2023 - June 1, 2023.  APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED
3. Celebrate:  Award ceremony at the 2024 SME Foundation Annual Gala Dinner at the SME Annual Conference & Expo.

Learn More About the Miners Give Back Award