Engaging Teens In Activism And Tikkun Olam


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Engaging Teens In Activism And Tikkun Olam

  1. 1. Engaging Teens in Activism & Tikkun Olam Presented By: Shiri Bernstein Marketing & Outreach Coordinator Areyvut
  2. 2. What is Activism? <ul><li>Intentional action to bring about social or political change. </li></ul><ul><li>This action is in support of, or opposition to, one side of a controversial argument. </li></ul><ul><li>Standing up for what you believe in! </li></ul><ul><li>Activism should ALWAYS coincide with “service learning.” Before anyone begins to fight for their beliefs, they should understand what they are fighting for. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is in danger. I am God. – Leviticus 19:16 </li></ul>
  3. 4. What is Tikkun Olam ? (Hebrew: תיקון עולם ) <ul><li>“ Repairing the world” or “perfecting the world.” </li></ul><ul><li>In the Mishnah it states: mip'nei tikkun olam (&quot;for the sake of tikkun olam &quot;) which indicates that a practice of tikkun olam should be followed not because it is required by Biblical law, but because it helps avoid negative social consequences. </li></ul>
  4. 5. What does Wiki Say? Among many, tikkun olam has taken on political, as well as religious, significance. It is often used as a synonym for social action or social justice, with the implication that we should work toward the development of a fair and equal society with the same zeal with which their ancestors may have followed Jewish religious law.
  5. 6. Facts About Gen Y (today's teens) <ul><li>They make up 26% of the population </li></ul><ul><li>They are know as the “online” generation (always connected) </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is in their circle of friends (their iPod is one of their extended limbs) </li></ul><ul><li>Their attention span is limited, they get bored </li></ul><ul><li>easily </li></ul><ul><li>They smell a forced connection a mile away </li></ul><ul><li>and don’t trust anyone </li></ul>
  6. 7. 10 Tips for Taking Social Action Taken from The Kid’s Guide to Social Justice By Barbara A. Lewis <ul><li>Choose a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Do your research </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm possible solutions & choose one </li></ul><ul><li>Build coalitions of support </li></ul><ul><li>Work with your opposition </li></ul><ul><li>Advertise </li></ul><ul><li>Raise money </li></ul><ul><li>Carry out your solution </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate and reflect </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t give up! </li></ul>
  7. 8. Now, how exactly are you supposed to engage & motivate your teens in activism & tikkun olam ?
  8. 9. Motivation through the Media getting inside the mind of teenagers <ul><li>Cartoons </li></ul><ul><li>Videos/Games </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>(Podcasts, Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks, Cell </li></ul><ul><li>Phones…) </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We Didn’t </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start the Fire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By Billy Joel </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. We Didn’t Start the Fire What is this song referring to? <ul><li>Place teens in groups of four. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell them that they are going to update the song. </li></ul><ul><li>Have students individually brainstorm events and issues from 2000 – present. </li></ul><ul><li>Have group members share. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a group stanza. </li></ul><ul><li>Pass out transparency and have groups write a new stanza. </li></ul><ul><li>Each group will share / sing new stanza. </li></ul><ul><li>Following the sharing have groups discuss rationale for events / issues included. </li></ul><ul><li>Have groups research and investigate original song’s events and issues. </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>1990-2001 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lyrics Written By Shiri Bernstein </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fiber Optics, Bill Clinton, Storm Andrew, OJ Simpson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gulf War, Cold War, World Wide Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mid East, Trade Towers, Waco Texas, Collin Powell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oklahoma, LA Quake, Lorena Bobbitt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Playstation, Rodney King, The 60’s are back again </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Columbine, Mark McGuire, Monica, John Glen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ We didn’t start the terror, it was always present though we tried to fight it, we didn’t start the terror, it is always near, despite our fear” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadband, Boy bands, Palm Pilot, DVD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Austin Powers, Unabomber, Reality TV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Halley’s Comet, Y2K, Living in the info age </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9-11, Anthrax, Barry Bonds, the X-box </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ We didn’t start the terror, it was always present though we tried to fight it, we didn’t start the terror, it is always near, despite our fear” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 12. With Passion…
  12. 13. With Needs… Maslow’s Hierarchy
  13. 14. By Solving Problems Israel Animals Hunger Disabilities The Environment
  14. 15. Passions + Needs + Problems = <ul><li>A lifelong commitment to… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chesed (kindness) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tzedakah (charity) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tikkun Olam (well, you know what this means…) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Because the teens have made the decisions on their own, they will be more likely to take a greater interest in the acts of kindness they are performing. </li></ul>
  15. 16. So, now that we know what our teens are interested in, where do we go from here?
  16. 17. Exposure <ul><li>Role Models </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask older students, teachers and celebrities who have done cool, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>innovative projects to speak with your teens and discuss their </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>experiences. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Service Fairs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arrange a personalized fair for students. This exposition is a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>wonderful opportunity for students to begin the process of choosing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a meaningful mitzvah project. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Model A: Volunteer Fair <ul><li>Representatives from various community </li></ul><ul><li>organizations introduce students and their </li></ul><ul><li>families to a variety of hands on mitzvah </li></ul><ul><li>projects. Staff should offer </li></ul><ul><li>guidance on how to plan </li></ul><ul><li>and execute mitzvah </li></ul><ul><li>projects that best meet </li></ul><ul><li>each students needs. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Model B: Hands-On Fair <ul><li>Students are introduced to a variety of </li></ul><ul><li>mitzvah projects through participating in </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on activities that will help them decide </li></ul><ul><li>what project best fits their needs and interests. </li></ul><ul><li>Both models can also be </li></ul><ul><li>combined into one fair. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Experiential Learning <ul><li>Let teens see first hand how fortunate they </li></ul><ul><li>really are. Taking teens to a soup kitchen, </li></ul><ul><li>lets them see who will benefit from their </li></ul><ul><li>good deeds. This is often enough </li></ul><ul><li>reward to motivate students to </li></ul><ul><li>continue doing tikkun olam . </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>Encourage teens to stand up for their beliefs . </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage teens to do projects that interest them . </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage teens to be creative and start a project on their own if they can’t find one that fits their needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage teens by participating in projects with them. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage teens to do projects with their friends . </li></ul><ul><li>(VERY IMPORTANT!!) </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage teens with rewards and incentives (i.e. community service hours). </li></ul>Encourage
  21. 22. RAD:D <ul><li>Sarita Rosenstock, of Princeton, NJ co-founded an independent, student-run </li></ul><ul><li>organization called Raising Awareness Destination: Darfur dedicated to raising </li></ul><ul><li>awareness about the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, and helping to stop it. </li></ul><ul><li>Since RAD:D’s launch in 2005, it has spoken to youth groups, synagogues and schools, </li></ul><ul><li>organized a number of fundraising and educational events regarding the crisis and is </li></ul><ul><li>currently working on future events. </li></ul><ul><li>The genocide in Darfur has been going on for years and not enough has been done to help </li></ul><ul><li>the three million people awaiting relief. To learn more </li></ul><ul><li>about the situation, get involved and help, contact </li></ul><ul><li>RAD:D to find out how you can help make a </li></ul><ul><li>difference and start a program in your community. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: Sarita Rosenstock </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 609-497-1149 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail: srpupp@princeton.edu </li></ul>
  22. 23. Operation Noah <ul><li>Operation Noah is an organization created by Dennis Fries, a </li></ul><ul><li>teenager from Chandler, Arizona, when he was only 13 years-old. While undergoing </li></ul><ul><li>medical tests, Dennis discovered how a soft, cuddly stuffed animal could comfort </li></ul><ul><li>young hospital patients. With this in mind, Operation Noah set out to collect and </li></ul><ul><li>deliver stuffed animals to cheer up children in local hospitals. </li></ul><ul><li>In just over two years, Operation Noah has collected and donated over 20,000 </li></ul><ul><li>stuffed animals, visited 50 hospitals and has expanded beyond Arizona to 10 states. </li></ul><ul><li>Operation Noah's goal is to set up chapters in every state so that children in </li></ul><ul><li>hospitals everywhere can be comforted. </li></ul><ul><li>Get Involved: If you would like to participate or request that your community or </li></ul><ul><li>organization be part of this project, please visit http://operationnoah.info for </li></ul><ul><li>information on starting your own collection drive. </li></ul>
  23. 24. Helen’s Bike-a-thon <ul><li>Helen Berman of Westchester County, NY, held </li></ul><ul><li>a bike-a-thon to raise money to buy food for victims of </li></ul><ul><li>terror in Israel. The bike-a-thon was held at the </li></ul><ul><li>Westchester County Center in White Plains. Despite the </li></ul><ul><li>rain, over 50 people came out to show their support and </li></ul><ul><li>partake in the activities. Some riders did the 3 mile route, </li></ul><ul><li>while others did the full 14 mile “super </li></ul><ul><li>advanced” trail. But no matter how far </li></ul><ul><li>they rode, all participants received t-shirts </li></ul><ul><li>and refreshments. After a full day of fun, </li></ul><ul><li>Helen raised over $15,000. </li></ul>
  24. 25. Evaluate <ul><li>Mitzvah Project Planning Journal </li></ul><ul><li>Mitzvah Essay Contest </li></ul><ul><li>Log Community Service Hours </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions & Reflections </li></ul><ul><li>Be Creative! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Photography/Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing (poetry, drama, music, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skits/Performances </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual Arts (murals, crafts, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology (blogs, etc) </li></ul></ul>
  25. 26. Results <ul><li>Giving your teen proper guidance, leads to </li></ul><ul><li>successfully participation in activism & </li></ul><ul><li>tikkun olam . </li></ul><ul><li>More than that, they will want to do </li></ul><ul><li>chesed, tzedakah & tikkun olam. </li></ul>
  26. 27. More Information <ul><li>Shiri Bernstein </li></ul><ul><li>(201) 244-6702 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Check it out! </li></ul><ul><li>www.areyvut.org </li></ul>