This is Kendall Ciesemier, She is 17. She suffers from a rare liver disease and has had liver transplants. After receiving many stuffed animal gifts, she thought H o w many teddy bears do you really need? She asked for no more gifts, rather for people to donate to World Vision to help AIDS orphans in Africa. She raised $15000 and from there…she rode the wave, starting a non profit, Kids Caring for Kids, Her org helps fund a girls dorm in Kenya and all kinds of help for AIDS patients in Zambia. Kendall is healthy today and has raised more than $840,000. She is hoping to raise one million before next fall when it’s time for college.
Craig Kieburger saw an article when has 12, the headline read. 釘 a ttled Child Labour, Boy, 12, Murdered. � Turns out it sparked what would become a social movement. For some reason he cared so muc. He grabbed 11 school friends to fight against child labor. Craig gathered together a small group of his Grade 7 classmates from his Thornhill, Ontario, school and Free The Children was born. Free the children from poverty. Free the children from exploitation. Free the children from the notion that they are powerless to affect change. These were the messages that fuelled Craig's mission. Today, Free the Children is the world's largest network of children helping children through education, with more than one million youth involved in our innovative education and development programs in 45 countries.
Why Girls? Because there’s poverty, and war, and hunger, and AIDS, and because when adolescent girls in the developing world have a chance, they can be the most powerful force of change for themselves, their families, communities, countries, and even the planet. But while those 600 million adolescent girls are the most likely agents of change, they are often invisible to their societies and the world. So what can you do about that? Help make girls visible. Stand up and be counted by becoming a fan of The Girl Effect, and getting your friends to do the same. Tell the world that you think the 600 million girls in the developing world deserve better – for themselves, and for the end of poverty.
Meet Dan Austin. Along with his brother Jared and friend Nicolas held a project for an idea they had. They partnered with a group, Friends of Cambodian Children to raise funds for 88 bikes, a org they created to give bikes to children. In 2 weeks they did it and gave 88 bikes to 88 kids in an orphanage in Cambodia. That was 2007. In 2008 they donated 200 bikes to a refugee camp in Uganda. Now they are 88 bikes and have provided children with bikes in Uganda, Peru, Nepal, India and Ghana. You donate $88 which is the cost of a bike, you sibmit a photo and name. 88 bikes brings the bike to these countries. , 88bikes provides the kids with bike maintenance training, safety workshops, group bike rides, and bike-based job skills. Their goal is simple: to provide a sustainable, joyful, empowering form of transportation to young people in developing countries, in situations where these children have been challenged to be their own heroes due to war, conflict, poverty, disease, or other regional hardships. There are 27 million slaves in the world today, many of them children. For kids rescued from slavery, their journey toward independence and healing is arduous. Every kid should have a bike.
Meet Jess Lin. She took a simple idea and the want to help and built Hello Rewind. In Sept 2009, Jess approached her fellow business partners at the Longitude with an idea. She had all these old t-shirts laying in her dresser drawer,. And, living in Manhattan, she exactly didn't have room to spare. “What if we could start a project to recycle my t-shirts into something new?”. One, to recycle old, beloved t-shirts and make something brand new. Two, to develop a business which supports sex trafficking survivors in New York City.. Our name, Hello Rewind, is a nod to objects -- and lives -- made anew.Starting a self-sustaining business supporting sex trafficking survivors is almost unheard of in the United States. In fact, many people don't even understand the extent of sex trafficking taking place (almost 17,000 people are trafficked into the US each year). We're working with Restore NYC , a non-profit organization focusing on providing holistic services to help sex trafficking survivors in New York City reintegrate back into society. Many of the women who are rescued from sex trafficking speak little English, have no marketable job skills and are forced to reenter the sex trade to survive.This is where Hello Rewind comes in. We want to show sex trafficking survivors that rescue is not the end and that there is hope for something better in their lives. We train and teach them in fundamental skills -- sewing, English, business skills. Many of the laptop sleeves made through Hello Rewind are hand-crafted by sex trafficking survivors, and we hope that they become an integral part of our business operations. For $50, they'll upcycle it into a new laptop sleeve, complete with felt padding and velcro closure. Now you can keep that favorite T-shirt close even if you can't wear it to the office. Every day in the United States, over 16,000 tons of clothing and textiles are thrown away + over 100,000 women are being sex trafficked What your laptop wears can make a difference.
In 2004, Matt Flannery and Jessica Jackley took a trip to East Africa, where they witnessed the power of micro-finance. They saw and heard how grants had been used to build small businesses, which could then support a family. They were inspired to find a way to facilitate loans to small business owners in the developing world and, as a result, the idea for Kiva was born. 2004 was spent making phone calls and holding meetings with micro-finance experts, lawyers, economists, and Internet experts. In March 2005, through a local contact in Uganda, seven loans were posted on Kiva, totaling $3,500. They included a goat herder, fishmonger, a cattle farmer and a restaurateur. Six months later, every loan had been repaid. Total value of all loans made through Kiva: $170,971,175. Loans have been given in over 208 countries, with over 490,000 people loaning money. Which means that over 450.000 people have received loans to start buisnesses, 81 % have gone to women
In 1977 a group of artists from Malibu who believed in art’s power to heal, talked about how art could help lives of abused and neglected children. They decided to put their power together. They called it Free Arts. It started with one small program at a residential facility. Then Free Arts Day started at all kinds of places. Thousands of children were creating art. 16 years later they started coordinating activites at a Children’s Courthouse in Monterey Park. They would set up activities in the waiting rooms. This courthouse is dedicated to children’s issues and handles an average of 50,000 cases a year involving abuse, neglect and abandonment. Its projects like this that allow for children to ease their pain. Free Arts for Abused Children inspires hope in the lives of abused, homeless and at-risk children through innovative arts programs and positive interactions with caring adult volunteers. Today they are still known for their inspiration with a Free the Arts LA, Arizona, Minneapolis and New York City.
A group of community members in LA who had connections and deep care for the lives of children with special needs, thought about a program to cater to these children, to serve the developmentally disabled. They realized there was a big need. In 2005 with much prep they launched the program. It now serves the developmentally disabled in activities that take place twice a month. In 2006 - first complete year of the program, KEEN-LA had 140 volunteers who contributed 2,770 hours of their time to the organization, enabling more than 624 athlete hours to be logged.
Patti Patton is the mother of two American soldiers, Brandon her oldest son deployed to Iraq in 2003 and told her how some soldier’s received no help or support from home. So Patti contacted friends and family and tried to help. She asked them to support a soldier, Soldiers' Angels was started by a self-described ordinary mother of two American soldiers, Patti Patton-Bader. Her eldest son, Staff Sergeant Brandon, deployed to Iraq from 2003-2004, and her youngest was deployed in 2008. Within just a few months, Soldiers' Angels went from a mother sending a few extra care packages and letters, to an Internet community with thousands of Angels worldwide. With more and more merchants donating services, money and items for packages, Soldiers' Angels reorganized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2004. Soldiers' Angels currently supports tens of thousands of American military personnel stationed wherever we raise our nation's flag. There are over 200,000 volunteers who adopt angels. They are here on Washington, in a little apt.
Meet Dan West, a Midwestern farmer during the 1940s. Dan would give out milk to hungry children during the Spanish Civil War. It hit him. They didn’t need a cup, they needed a cow. He realized soon that heading this up as a Church relief worker, he would have to decide who would receive a cow, whose family would live or die. It kept him thinking, her returned back to America and created Heifers for Relief. Ending hunger by providing families with livestock. 田 o uld be spared the indignity of depending on others to feed their children. � Heifers are young cows that haven’t yet given birth. So they are a source of milk and all families who receive one passes on one. In 1944, the first shipment of 17 heifers left York, Pennsylvania, for Puerto Rico, going to families whose malnourished children had never even tasted milk. Learn about the cowboys who brought cows and kids together. This simple idea of giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for more than 65 years. Since 1944, Heifer has helped more than 62 million people - 12 million families - in more than 125 countries.
We talked about you, we talked about culture, we talked about struggle, the world, Justice and dignity, we have barely scratched the service. Empower you and those around you, so power over becomes empowerment and taking becomes giving. It is often said that a person becomes who they truly are not when they are in their comfort zone, but when they are challenged, when they strive beyond anything they can. When they surprise themselves. I ask you to listen. For these next few minutes remember the ideas we have discussed. If you have remembered nothing, I know you remember that every one of us, no matter who, deserves dignity. That in solidarity you are responsible for the person next to you and the people across the world. This is not a weight on our shoulders, this is not a burden, this a blessing. It’s amazing, that we can change something. Let’s grab the pull by the horns, let’s stop complainging and stop talking and start listening, start acting, let’s do something. Let’s stop saying we cant, I don’t wanna hear, who cares, it doesn’t matter, because it does. Let’s stop saying the world is too big, there are too many problems. Let’s prove it. Let’s be the shirtless man dancing, let’s be the first follower. Let’s be marcel the shell, let’s take a class and make it life. I am challenging you to be mature, to look at this as a possibility for something, not just an assignment. If you look at this as just an assignment I have done you wrong. And you haven’t given yourself a chance. In setting this up, yes there are issues, there are injustices, but there are so many good people, endless orgs. Incredible.
Postcard Project Beach Clean Up Children’s Hospital 30 Hour Famine Video Awareness Raise Money Tutor Teach Art Horse Riding Lessons Cooking Lesson Bake Sale Get people to sign up for a walk Bell Ringing Special Games Feeding the Hungry Helping sick children Ability First Good Shepard Raise money for Kiva Oraganize a drive of some sort Create a Website Write Music
Contemporary Social Issues Final Project
I know it’s long. But Read it. <ul><li>Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Paulo Freire </li></ul></ul></ul>
Parable of the Good Samaritan <ul><li>The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" </li></ul>
Tell me If a hungry person walked In this room right now, and You had extra food, would you share it. Yes. Right? If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. ~Mother Teresa
Final Project <ul><li>Do what you can to aid in the fall of an injustice </li></ul><ul><li>Bring the dignity of other people to the fore front </li></ul><ul><li>Create a service project for you and your school </li></ul>
Solidarity <ul><li>Solidarity is a word that 田 a lls attention to the simple and easily observable fact that people are interdependent; they rely on each other for almost all their biological and social needs… we cannot realize our full potential or appreciate the full meaning of our dignity unless we share our lives with others and cooperate on projects that hold the promise of mutual benefit. </li></ul><ul><li>Fr Thomas Massaro, S. J. </li></ul>
<ul><li>SOLIDARITY WILL TRANSFORM THE WORLD. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not cliché </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not a joke </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not impossible. </li></ul><ul><li>IT IS YOU. </li></ul>
<ul><li>For your final project you will fulfill the last of the triad, Awareness, Analysis and Action, by going out into our community and finding a way to help. You will blend your interests, your resources and your want to help the world into a Service Project. This project will be entirely your own as long as it values service, betters society and builds community. </li></ul>
1. Social Issue and ONE Focus <ul><li>What social issue is most near and dear to your heart? </li></ul><ul><li>-Poverty? Bullying? Homelessness? Discrimination? </li></ul><ul><li>Then zero in on one part of this issue </li></ul><ul><li>Example - Discrimination = against those with disabilities = Austism = misunderstanding of those with Autism in our Local Community - KEEN </li></ul><ul><li>Example - Poverty = many do not have adequate food = hunger = feeding those who have no food in L.A. </li></ul>
What skills and interests do you have? <ul><li>Are you an… </li></ul><ul><li>Artist, athlete, actress, sister, friend, scientist, dancer, math wiz…. </li></ul><ul><li>What cultures are you from? Where do you live? </li></ul><ul><li>Intertwine the Social Issue you feel connected to with what you love in life and your skill set. </li></ul>
Analysis and Investigating <ul><li>What is the issue? Why does it exist? Where did it start? How big is it? Why do I care about the problem? What am I going to do about it? How much can I fix? </li></ul><ul><li>Find out facts about your social issue and focus. </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting data about a genuine community need </li></ul><ul><li>What are some solutions? </li></ul>
Plan, Plan, Plan… Action! <ul><li>It is now time to act. </li></ul><ul><li>What will I do to rock the cause? How will I pull it off? Who will work with me? Where? How will I spread the word? When Will I do it? </li></ul><ul><li>What will you do to address the community need and prepare for action… </li></ul><ul><li>You can do one of two things… </li></ul>
<ul><li>Create your very own completely new project </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How will you help change this issue? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Will you hold an event? Raise money? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create an awareness day? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
<ul><li>Work with an already established organization </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Which organization? Why? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How can you be involved with them? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What can they do to help you? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
Create a Vision <ul><li>Our vision: A just world where hunger no longer exists </li></ul><ul><li>Our mission: To create a program where poverty stricken families learn to cook healthy meals with donated/low cost items in the Pasadena area </li></ul>
Most importantly… <ul><li>How can your current student body be involved? </li></ul><ul><li>All projects should encourage and allow others to get involved and come together to become more aware of these issues </li></ul>
Reflect. Always. <ul><li>Think deeply. </li></ul><ul><li>This happens throughout your project, not simply after it is complete </li></ul>
This is your project… <ul><li>Mold it into something that displays not only what you have learned here in this class and school… </li></ul><ul><li>But mold it into something you are proud of - something that is much bigger than a ‘final grade’ </li></ul>
MLK <ul><li>True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice. </li></ul><ul><li>I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Every organization started with one idea. All you need is a follower, a believer. </li></ul>