Workshop Session #4


Workshop Session #4

Workshop #27: Diversity and Inclusive Change Through Education: Social Justice Curriculum

Room G-103

Global Issue:

  • Education for All

Catherine Cook School

Chicago, Illinois

Essential Question:

How can we include the history of non-dominant groups in our school’s curriculum in a respectful and culturally competent way.

Impact Statement:

Our group has increased the amount of non-dominant/minority history that is being taught in classrooms by doing so in a respectful and culturally competent way and to get people in our communities more comfortable talking about identity traits such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc. We have been regularly been going into to 3rd-7th-grade classrooms in order to discuss and educate our community, about underrepresented groups such as LGBTQ+, Polish, Hispanic, Filipino, Native Americans/Indigenous Peoples, African Americans, and women. We believe that we have made the students in the classrooms that we have been going to more educated on non-dominant groups and cultural differences instead of just dominant history, and now feel more comfortable discussing difficult and sometimes controversial topics.

Our project has two parts: the first stage is to increase awareness and recognition of monthly social observances (e.g Black history month) by talking to students in younger classrooms and putting up spreads and posters, and the second stage was talking to teachers and administrators, trying to convince them to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The way we will keep our plan going after this year is that the younger kids we talked to will be more culturally competent and aware in the future, and we are working with administrators to celebrate and recognize indigenous peoples’ day. We hope that the combination of these actions will make our school more accepting, respectful, and unbiased.

“Title: Combatting the Single Story 5 min. 8 min. 1 min put this after history vs. Columbus 5 min 6 + 3 min. 16 min. Project Intro and Mission Explain DICE Ice breakers Overview of September and October, November, and February Video of us presenting. Abridged of CC voyage History vs. Columbus and our opinions. Italians and tradition. Small group and Guided Discussion+worksheet With conference goers about “the single story” at their school Fancy words from vision board Explain goals of each presentation Include “We support Indigenous people’s day!” (video clips) No arguments, just facts Make it short! Professional and no unprepared improv. PowerPoint PowerPoint video PowerPoint Video and PowerPoint script”

Workshop #28: Así Soy Yo

Room G-105

Global Issues:

  • Education for All

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

Colegio Bolivar

Cali, Colombia

Essential Question:

How can we support young mothers in poverty conditions, through this difficult process while helping them regain their self-love, confidence and ability to trust?

Impact Statement:

We plan to successfully serve 8 teenage mothers in the Hogar Santa Ana by the month of February. This has been accomplished by meeting with them twice a month for the past 5 months with the sole purpose of aiding them in the rebuild of their self love and self esteem, as well as in the process of becoming/being young mothers and creating a life plan.

In order to make our project sustainable our team has dedicated to mostly impacting others just as we were when we first started this project. The plan is to primarily impact the teenage mothers we have been working with the most in hopes that one day they can use what they have learned and experienced with us and pass that on to their children and others to help break the cycle. The idea is not only to impact/ inspire the girls we have worked with, but also students who will be attending the conference in Costa Rica. Last year at the Panama conference we were inspired by The White Box Project to create a similar project so we hope this conference we get to make that type of impact on someone else. Finally, we are going to pass down this project to a after school group called Voluntariado at our school that centralizes in social service and have worked in different social areas. There is also another alternative which would be having future GIN students to pick up this project and continue it as it has happened in the past, were the 10th grade GIN class continued a project we did last year named PAWS, in which we helped rescued animals from the organization Paraiso de la Mascota have a better living condition, and find them a better home.

Our project, Asi Soy Yo is a project dedicated to work with the Hogar Santa Ana and the eight teenage mothers living there. This project was created to step up the fight against poverty and pushing towards education. The main goal of the project is to help these teenage mothers understand that no matter what there condition is or what they have gone through, it is important to love oneself and the importance of forgiveness. Other minor goals are teaching the young girls how to properly take care of their baby and themselves in means of giving both the mother and the baby, the proper nutrition, self care, and love they both need. We achieving these goals we decided using methods such as talks from professional pediatricians and psychologists. As part of the project, we have also been giving them boxes filled with hygiene products on a monthly basis. Our personal goals however were to create a bond with the girls and get them to trust us not only for the project, but for ourselves and them. Of course before starting the project we had to do some research on the subject to be more prepared for when the visits would start. We did a lot of research especially on the causes of why this would happen, followed by the effects, statistics across the globe and Colombia, institutes we could work with and more.

Workshop #29: Denial Never Wins

Room G-106

Global Issue:

  • Peacekeeping, Conflict Prevention and Combating Terrorism

International School of Port of Spain

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Essential Question:

What is Domestic Violence and how can we prevent it?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully achieved our goal of educating young people about domestic violence by collaborating with two different organisations. ( The shelter and The Coalition Against Domestic Violence. As well as speaking with a qualified criminologist about domestic violence cases. After acquiring all the information needed we created a documentary. We

We chose domestic violence as it is an issue that impacts our country greatly. Our project consists of two parts. First, we created a documentary, to educate people on what domestic violence is, as well as targeting teenagers and children, so they can grow up with the right mindset. another part of our goal is to reach young girls so that they might identify red flags in a relationship. The second part of our project was to raise money to create shirts. With the money we got from selling our shirts, we divided it in two and gave it to the associations fighting domestic violence here in Trinidad and Tobago. We successfully made our documentary and created our shirt, which we will continue to sell in Costa Rica. We faced many challenges during the beginning of our project because we did not know how to start. Also, we found it hard contacting the associations and talking to the survivors as they usually don’t want to talk. Finally, time was a big challenge for us, as we found ourselves running out of time at many occasions.

To make our project sustainable, we will continue making shirts and selling them, so we could help the associations grow. We will also post our final documentary on an entertaining platform such as youtube, to make it available for everyone to watch.

Workshop #30: Underage And a Mother

Room G-206

Global Issues:

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

  • Education for All

  • Peacekeeping, Conflict Prevention, Combating Terrorism

The American School Foundation of Guadalajara

Guadalajara, Mexico

Essential Question:

How can we give meaningful support to underage and underprivileged mothers?

Impact Statement:

We are working with a public shelter where abused underaged unprivileged mothers live with their babies.

For our project, we are going to a public shelter to take care of the 16 babies of abused underaged mothers who are taking classes therefore they need extra assistance with their babies during this time. We are also raising money to buy the things that they need for their babies and can’t afford like medical items, diapers and other baby items. We are also getting donations of clothes and toys for the shelter.

Workshop #31: Green Roots: Overcoming Chaos

Room O-103

Global Issue:

  • Education for All

International School of Panama

San Miguelito, Panama

Essential Question:

How can you overcome complications if the approach to your global issue turns out to be more difficult than you planned for?

Impact Statement:

We plan to successfully collaborate with the young student community at the International School of Panama to implement the concept of repurposing plastic in order to find alternative uses before finalizing the process of recycling.

Green Roots works to educate the International School of Panama about how to be environmentally friendly. This is mainly done through interactive lessons in which younger students are invited to use their creativity to turn plastic into different crafts, do it yourself hydroponics and green walls. Throughout this process, students are educated on the importance and process of recycling. Due to the lack of organization of both the ISP and general Panamanian recycling systems, many individuals and communities find it too complex to properly recycle. Green Roots hopes these lessons and activities not only reduce the number of ISP students and faculty who lack understanding of the recycling systems or simply do not believe that recycling is environmentally necessary, but that the program creates a generation of environmentally aware and engaged youth who will be able to spread their knowledge across the world as they grow and move internationally.

To begin with, Green Roots would like to be able to hold at least two sessions before the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Ideally, Green Roots wishes to ensure the sustainability of this program by creating an after-school program for the 2018-2019 school year as well as working with ISP’s middle school GIN and elementary school Eco-Leaders to further educate the community going forward. Green Roots also hopes this program inspires younger ISP students to provide the same education for those who follow them or share the program with other schools and communities. We hope our initiative inspires not only students, but also faculty members, to use their authority and experience, of which they have more than students, and become more involved in the recycling systems and work towards simplifying both the ISP and Panamanian recycling systems. In these ways, Green Roots hopes to be able to create an equally informative and sustainable program.

Workshop #32: Latinas Standing

Room G-205

Global Issue:

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

Colegio F.D Roosevelt

Lima, Peru

Essential Question:

How does poverty impact single Latina mothers and how can we help provide resources?

Impact Statement:

We have been in communication with USAid and plan to volunteer with them, participate in activities and learn from their work.

Our goal is to take action and make a difference by helping single mothers. Our idea is to somehow partner with our school and collect resources for these women. We are still in the beginning stages of figuring out exactly which resources the women will need.

We think that by helping these mothers, we can help break the cycle of poverty. We also would like to look into how community building can have a sustainable impact.

1. Introducing Yourselves 2. Activity 3. Reflection 4. Research and Our Work

Workshop #33: OCP, eliminating chemical pesticides for you and me

Room G-203

Global Issue:

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Losses

Colegio F.D Roosevelt

Lima, Peru

Essential Question:

What can we do to replace the toxic chemical pesticides used nowadays that are killing animals, intoxicating humans, plants and many other organisms?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully served three different groups of people by donating our own personal “Organic Chilli Pesticide” during the entire year, using exclusively natural, chemical-free ingredients and therefore eliminating the number of pests that eat up the healthy plants in the environment. We have helped diverse communities found on the outsides of Lima such as Santa Maria del Mar and Sierra Morena. The strategies we’ve been using to make this happen is to visit these places every month and donate them a 20-liter batch of our creation in every session. Methods to accomplish our goal efficiently were all based on communication since we had to interact directly with farmers.

Our project is called OCP or Organic Chilli Pesticide, and our primary focus is to eliminate or reduce the number of chemical pesticides that are being used every single day in our environment. We want this to occur since we have realized the devastating effects that these chemicals have on everything around us. Not only does it kill the pests (which eat up the plants), but it also affects the animals and the humans around. In fact, in most cases, the plant also gets affected in some way. The method in which we are working towards our goal is with the creation of an organic pesticide based on chili. Our pesticide doesn’t kill the insects, but instead, it only irritates their respiratory system, consequently making them leave the plant. One of the most significant accomplishments that we have as a group is donating our pesticide to Club Esmeralda in Santa Maria del Mar since we received first-quality feedback from a professional gardener. Also, we feel very proud of our Greenhouse in which we tested our pesticide and took care of our plants which were essential to help us develop our final creation.

Our plan for sustainability is to keep on donating our pesticide every single month to this two organizations with which we have been working on and keep on making improvements to the solution. Also, we want to work with the farmers directly so that we can help them change from chemical pesticides to organic. After some time, we are also planning on donating it to other communities that need help with their plants and therefore have a more significant impact on our community.

Even though we have been working on this project for over the course of one year, we still spend lots of time improving our pesticide to make it as useful as possible. For this reason, there are lots of things that we still need to do. For instance, one of the first things that we are planning on doing is to patent our pesticide so that no other industry sells the same product as ourselves. Additionally, we need to find an individual who can produce our pesticide in larger scales and bottle our pesticide up in the recipients we already designed, to make our donating process faster and more comfortable.

1) Our project is called OCP or Organic Chilli Pesticide, and our primary focus is to eliminate or reduce the number of chemical pesticides that are being used every single day in our environment. We will reach this goal by creating a natural and chemical-free pesticide using ingredients found in our everyday life, such as chilies, water, and garlic. 2) The purpose of our workshop is to teach our audience how dangerous chemical pesticides can be, not only for what they’re intended (pests) but also to the other organism that surrounds, such as the animals and humans. We also want to show them how cheap and straightforward it can be to create a useful pesticide exclusively produced out of 100% natural ingredients.

Workshop #34: Precious Plastic: Responsible Consumption and Production

Room G-204

Global Issues:

  • Maritime Safety and Pollution

  • Climate Change

Colegio Nueva Granada

Bogotá, Colombia

Essential Question:

How can our community upcycle some of the plastic our school generates and become more aware of their plastic consumption and the need to refuse it as much as possible?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully created an action plan to reduce CNG plastic waste by creating a makerspace where students will be able to reuse and recreat plastic and turn it into something useful.` We have created multiple campaign to reduce the amount of plastic we use and those have been effective, but we are still using a lot of plastic everyday, so we thought that we should take the plastic and recreate it into something useful. We have the blueprints and the information to create an an area where students can come and create projects and use the plastic we have for a creative idea.

Our project is to make a makerspace where students from our CNG community can go, reuse the plastic to make school projects and different things to make everything eco-friendly. This project will help our school be more conscious about the ecosystem and how we can make our community more aware about the plastic they use. We would also make things for FCNG (Fundacion Colegio Nueva Granada) which is a school that CNG has funded.

Goals: Our goal is to make sure the students use this makerspace as much as they use the other makerspaces in our school. We can do this by implanting projects with plastic into a class curriculum so that students can use it to create 3D projects. Successes: We have obtained the blueprints for the different machines of the makerspace and have spoken to the servicios generales of our school, and they have approved them. We have also talked to different teachers and staff and students in our school and they’ve agreed that we could use these machines to create products like plates for a school that we founded, or to be creative and create projects for school.Challenges: A challenge for this project would be to keep everyone using the maker space.

Workshop #35: Manzano a la obra: Spreading smiles in an undeprivileged community

Room G-104

Global Issue:

  • Education for All

American School of Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Essential Question:

How can we provide extracurricular education and create safe spaces for leisure in underprivileged communities?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully served over 50 kids by February 20 date recycled materials to create toys and games, offering a series of lectures and workshops, and creating a children’s choir to accomplish our goal of offering safe spaces for leisure and providing extracurricular activities in the community od Arroyo Manzano.

We have been working to provide the children from Arroyo Manzano, an underprivileged community very close to our school, with healthy options for play and afterschool activities since they currently have none. Last year we visited their school with a series of classes, workshops and lectures ranging from fitness, nutrition, art therapy, yoga and percussion amongst other things. This year we created a youth choir and an upcycled playground in the yard of a local preschool in dire conditions.

People power: We have had help from a variety of professionals from different areas who have joined the project as volunteer teachers.

Materials: We have been using old car tires, plastic bottles, cardboard tubes and other “waste” and turned them into toys and games.

Lasting impact: We hope to train locals in order to create “multipliers” within the community and empower them to organize their own activities.

Projections for next year: We will hold workshops to teach locals how to upcycle old tires and other “waste” into toys and games so they can replicate in their own homes. Also, we are currently in negotiations with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City hoping to include our choir as part of their project!

Our project aims to provide afterschool activities and safe play spaces for children in underprivileged communities. In our workshop, we will be explaining how we created the “upcycled playground” and the youth choir. Our goal is for students to learn how to do these things themselves and be better prepared for some of the challenges we faced. Goal: understand the value of extracurricular education and play time for school-aged children, and learn how to create toys and games with “waste” materials. Activate prior knowledge: Ask what activities students do outside school, and where they play. Explain that sadly this is a luxury that many children don’t have access to. New knowledge: How to create a choir, and how to make toys and games from “waste” Activity: Two options: 1) Participate in a choir class 2) Learn how to make toy rockets using toilet paper tubes Generalization: Discuss how you felt being part of a choir (regardless of singing abilities), explain how to make the toys. Slideshow: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_0Cy41YfmSFGOpOzSy7jcC4b5Bf7yIc6c_2NZw2CdhI/edit?usp=sharing