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The project will set up a camera trap in our school's courtyard with a birdfeeder next to it. The camera trap will capture what birds come.
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It will help enhance development skills four children with special needs.
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The project will recruit an intern to create our BV Blue Sky webpage, and to then promote clean air throughout our community. Our citizens will then have direct access to our real-time air particulate monitoring, and will be able to evaluate 'how much is too much' in terms of haze, road dust, solid fuel burning, industrial emissions and visibility impairment.
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I hope to host the "International Day of Self Love" on February 13th, the day before Valentine's Day, because it's important to love and accept yourself before you can do the same for others. I want this to be a day that is widely celebrated, printed on every calendar around the world. The International Day of Self Love will be a day where individuals can let go of the one insecurity holding them back. Celebrating this day could mean anything, from going without make-up, practicing self-care, or leaving an abusive relationship. This day will be a day where individuals can love, celebrate, and accept themselves completely, without fear of judgment. This day will primarily be hosted on K-12 campuses. I will provide schools with program guides that cover several important social and emotional learning topics. Our guide will have activities focused on identity, mental health, courage, vulnerability, and anti-bullying. Once students explore these important topics, they will end their programming cycle by celebrating the International Day of Self Love. I hope to live in a world where every campus has access to these resources, creating a more open and accepting environment.
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Homegirl Project empowers girls of color as leaders through three main initiatives. First, our website (HomegirlProject.org) serves as a forum for networking and community-building among girls from across the world, who share essays and conduct interviews with inspiring women leaders from their hometowns, including civil rights activists, CEOs, actresses, and political leaders. Not only does our website allow girls to see themselves represented in positions of success and share inspiration, but it provides a platform for young writers to be published for the first time, and underrepresented leaders to have their stories shared. Second, our mentorship program (#HomegirlAmbassadors) matches girls with inspiring women leaders in their career fields, giving them the opportunity to be guided and advised through their future plans. Our team reads through applications from both mentors and mentees across the world, and matches them digitally based on shared vision, traits, and interests. Many of our mentors additionally choose to participate in ‘digital mentorship’ by doing a live-streamed Q&A to share advice. Thirdly, our newest program is Homegirl Fellows, an online political advocacy training program that empowers girls to become civically engaged in their communities. Fellows will participate in monthly trainings on topics such as the importance of political participation, community outreach, storytelling, and fundraising. Then, they will be matched with a youth mentor and guided in the process of organizing their own Political Action Project, such as a voter registration, town hall, or letter-writing campaign.
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We plan to implement our goals through our three pillars - accessibility, conversation, and education. We plan to create educational modules on menstruation, menstrual hygiene, accessibility, and reproductive health to educate women about their periods. We will also have OB/GYNs approve all of these modules. We will host our first event - Samaan, a drive for equality in August 2019 to collect menstrual hygiene products to donate to women at certain locations in low income communities. Finally, through our interactive social media pages and website we will encourage students to take initiative in this movement for equality and begin speaking about periods fearlessly.
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We will have a stand with stamps. We will provide information with simple ways for kids to help save the Earth from pollution. We will try to raise money to donate to the Jane Goodall Institute. Our initial goal is $35 USD.
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We are applying for a roots and shoots grant to buy plants and fencing. The fencing would isolate the plants long enough for them to become established and grow. We also will ask people in the community to donate a plant(s) and let them know what day the planting will be done so they can watch and see the difference they are making for our wildlife in the area.
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This garden will receive 8 raised beds, placed into the orchard garden. We will teach students to build the raised beds, install drip irrigation, seed crops. Students will learn to compost as we install a compost bin, cultivate the crops and the fruit trees. Students will learn abut water schedule, thinning seedlings, grow harvest to prepare a wholesome meal.
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Ashtabula Area City Schools, particularly the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students, have been working on becoming more sustainable and even created a sustainability committee to address environmental issues in our school and community. One of the big problems the students saw was that there was no recycling program in our school as well as a very confusing community recycling system that needed more clarification. Our school uses styrofoam trays at breakfast and lunch and the students wondered why they weren't recyclable even with the triangle on the bottom. They did not like that hundreds of trays were thrown away and added to our landfill each day! The students in our school, along with their teachers, were able to get a recycling program started in the school and worked with the Assistant Director of Community Services and Planning to get 2 recycle bins donated to the schools for the community to use as well. The director explained to students why some things are recyclable in this area and why they are not. Students will be working on ways to get out into the community to educate the public on what is acceptable to recycle. In addition to this recycling program, students continue to be guests at city council meetings explaining the plastic pollution problem and their new focus is on banning plastic bags in the county by switching to reusable options. (They are working on convincing our school treasurer to purchase reusable lunch trays or compostable options as well. It hasn't happened yet, due to funds.) Students would like to do demonstrations outside of stores, showing the public how to up-cycle old t-shirts into reusable bags that can be used right away in that store. The only down side is that these t-shirt bags do not hold much in them. Our students would like to provide and sell larger sustainable canvas bags, designed by students, to promote awareness of the importance of reducing plastic usage and switching to reusable bags that will help our environment. We all would like to see less bags on the sides of the roads, stuck in trees, and in our nearby Lake Erie and many rivers that can harm wildlife.

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