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Our project is to provide learning tools to our students. This will help them socially and educationally. We will distribute school supplies to those in need.
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For the past four years, I have been introduced to and prepared for fast technological acceleration in the world. However, I have recognized a lack of equity for historically underrepresented groups (specifically females and ethnically and racially diverse people) in STEM. In response to a lack of passion, excitement, and access to information regarding STEM, our group would like to organize and run an eight week national workshop (in Indiana and Pennsylvania) for middle school students called United Engineers. The program will allow students to learn the basic concepts of engineering from high school students (first five weeks). The first phase will allow students to learn math and science basics (electricity and magnetism, kinematics, simple machines, etc.), maintain an engineering notebook of the workshop activities after informative lectures that involve construction and deconstruction of items/mechanisms, and learn the engineering design process. In the final three weeks, students will split up into groups to develop and propose an innovative solution addressing one or more of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. United Engineers will be a sustainable, annual, and expanding program to enhance and help students apply what they learn in the classroom after school.
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At bare minimum, the project will prove successful if local youth gain service-learning hours for installing the conservation garden in ways that spark meaningful prior Green School PTSA memorializing conversation and reflection. This success indicator is very reachable being that The Natural Roots Project’s (NRP’s) partner-organization, The Empowerment Center of Maryland, Inc, has agreed to both: a) host youth-preparatory sessions at their facility, and b) provide the 501c3 criteria necessary to grant service-learning credit. Furthermore, many Cherry Hill plot holders are elderly retirees, accustomed to seeing mainly food planted at their location. Thus, the conservation garden is likely to spark much curiosity, inquiry and conversation. The process of garden installation and community response will be documented via a youth coordinated video montage and short feedback surveys respectively.
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As part of our campaign, we will be contributing time to the weekly bbqs near the train tracks where many live in one of 2 tent cities. We will offer the mats for sitting (there's so much mud from intense weather) and the seed kits for planting in the community garden near the shelter. We will engage in conversation starting with, "What's your name?" We know that homeless people are rarely asked this basic human question. We will track how many people we connect with, creating humanity within our community. Having learned mapping at ESRI when I was with the NYLC, I am planning to show my group other homeless communities in the Capitol region that we need to reach out to. We will also create relationships with the youth by gardening together.
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This project will make our community stronger and more united. We will have this memorable event one evening after school so that parents and students may attend. I would like to see this become an annual event, one where students feel honored and privileged to attend.
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The grant would be used to purchase native species of plants that attract butterflies, birds and more with a sense of home! In addition the grant will be used to purchase materials for bird feeders and seating areas. Any additional grant funds will be used for watering cans, materials to make recycled wind chimes, and paint for making motivational signs for children.
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It will get more people on the National Registry to save lives. It will get North Port engaged in the cause.
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We will host a World Chimpanzee Day celebration, creating a space for neighbors to come together and learn about the connection between e-waste and chimpanzee conservation. We will have speakers from the Right to Repair, Uganda Tree Project, display locally made e-waste art, and provide e-waste collection.
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We're inviting global ‘classrooms’ (can be a physical classroom, before/after-school program, extracurricular program, etc.) to participate in a series of 30-60 minute virtual field trips in July, hosted over the video conferencing software, Zoom. Field trips will feature inspiring individuals, from those starting sustainable social enterprises, to grassroots community organizing, to nonprofit leaders in the environmental field. It is intended to invite under-resourced communities into the global environmental justice conversation, and empower students to develop agency and create change starting in their local community.
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I hope to prevent suicide among veterans and first-responders. "The misconception surrounding PTSD is that it is just something you feel after experiencing a horrible situation. This isn’t the case. Most veterans and first responders are familiar with the body’s fight or flight system. It is a physiological reaction that enables your body to react in stressful and threatening situations. After the threat has subsided, the physiological changes return to normal everyday status, because the body is no longer in the threatening situation. When PTSD is truly in effect, this fight or flight effect doesn’t go away and causes a continual feeling of stress, fear, and anxiety. The goal is to change the way the disturbing thoughts affect the person suffering with PTSD and give a resolution to the event. If they can stop feeling anxious, frightened, even paralyzed by the thoughts, then they can resume normal functioning in day-to-day life." My hope is that with the love of the community, we can save their lives, as they have saved, and can continue to save, ours. �We will do this by providing hand-made, hand-written cards to organizations that serve active military personnel, veterans, and first-responders in distress.

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