Sunday, January 31, 2016

February 7th (Chinese New Year's Eve) Meeting at the Y Corporate Headquarters, 1:30-3:30 pm

Youth LEAD OKC is a cultural competency program sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, Casady High School Service Learning Program, and Mercy School Institute.  It is funded by the Oklahoma City YMCA, Teen Initiatives Program and in-kind donations from participating schools and non profit organizations such as the Respect Diversity Foundation.

YLOKC is a branch of Sharon, Massachusetts Youth Lead Online.

Youth LEAD OKC experiences are developed, planned, and implemented by teens for teens.  Youth LEAD teens come from a wide range of ethnic, cultural, economic, and faith backgrounds.  Youth LEADers explore their own identities as well as their similarities and differences and act together to build the next generation of community and global leaders.




Snacks and Drinks for the meeting:  Shannon brought what was requested by Amira and Carmen: Cuties, fortune cookies and bananas (for the Chinese New Year of the Monkey

1. 1:30 pm Sign-up facilitated by Carmen and Evelyn 

2. 1:33 -2:07   Icebreaker created and facilitated by Amira helped by Mallory
Animal sounds:  Goal: Relationship Buildings:  Introduction/enhancement of a cultural aspect:  Chinese New Year
- Participants were provided a blind fold and a card with the name of an animal of the Chinese Calendar.
-Participants made the noise the animal makes and found a partner that way
-Rounds of interaction after they found partners
a. Introduce Yourselves:  Name, school, age, Why are you here.
b. Amira and Mallory took the cards and redistributed.  to the new partner after proper introductions, they share how long they had been in Youth LEAD and what was Youth LEAD.
d. Cards were redistributed once more and the last question to be asked to the third partner was " Something I want you to know about me."


Amira then reflected her process of finding and facilitating the icebreaker with the goal of making sure people were not in their own safe groups all the time. That the meeting gave an opportunity to know new people and just as important that a cultural aspect of the composition of YLOKC was celebrated and enhanced.  We have two members of Chinese ancestry and the timely connection to the Celebration of Chinese New Year was perfect.

Snack Break:  Fortune Cookies and cuties (good luck for Chinese New Year)

2. 2:07-2:31 Reflection facilitated by Johnny, Hallie, Evelyn

a. Youth LEAD OKC @ the Oklahoma National Memorial and Museum
- December meeting at the Museum Johnny with comments from participants from the floor
http://youthleadokc.blogspot.com/2016/01/january-10th-meeting-with-minutes-by.html
- Youth LEAD OKC @ Casady MLK Day at the Museum by Evelyn and Rebuilding Together by Hallie
http://casadymlkday.blogspot.com/

YLOKC MLK Day 2016:  Casady students did three projects Rebuilding Tomorrow, Food Bank and Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum
-Rebuilding Day was so cold and student felt like they shouldn't be there because it was freezing, but then they saw how much of a difference it was making and they had such a good time and grew personally

-YLOKC @ Museum Sunday Before MLK Day:  What, so what, now what (prepping for the Museum program)
-Park ranger explained the memorial and how it was developed
-Went through the museum as a group
-Went in the forensic lab to participate in an investigative game to solve the crime
-Talking to people that students didn't know or didn't expect to have a connection
-Daniella brought the King Cake to share her Mexican heritage. Carmen brought grapes to share Latin New year's tradition.  Shannon brought her delicious homemade cupcakes.

MLK Day @ Museum 
-Park ranger explained the memorial and how it was developed
-Went through the museum as a group
-Went in the forensic lab to participate in an investigative game to solve the crime
-Talking to people that students didn't know or didn't expect to have a connection
-Survivor Tree experience
-The Archives experience
-Reflection: Quilt Patches
-The roots are based on who we are and how we are grounded and where we came from, the trunk is the things we are involved in because of where we come from and the leaves are the benefits that we get out of our involvement
Reflection on quilt patches
-To be able to express self in one art piece and then to make a quilt out of it to help other people 
- Participants wrote feedback cards for Daniela.

-Museum wants YLeaders to bring their schools to experience the forensic lab.  You can get free tickets and a workshop if you contact the education coordinator, Mrs. Lynne Porter!


b.. Teens4Teens Project: Sweet Reflection at Brawm's
http://youthleadokc.blogspot.com/2015/12/proposed-schedule-of-monday-december.html
Take what you need, absorb it and use it to
become a better facilitator and person.
Take what you don’t need and leave it by the side
of the road, don’t carry it with you.





-Told group about Teens for Teens Clothing Drive
-Collected and donated teen approved clothing to help homeless teens provide them with clothing so they do not have to worry about that aspect and can focus on their education
-Reflections are so important
-Group had a "sweet reflection" at Braums

What? Go over the message more for "WA." Know the icebreakers better. Before "I AM" kind of introduce stereotypes a bit. Connect more, don't just hang out with friends.

So What? " I AM" eye-opened people. Impacted people. Showed how anyone can be a leader

Now What? Engage in collaborations as youth leaders. Connect more. Don't hang with friends

Snack break: water, fortune cookies

3. 3:00 -3:30 PM Project Management and Planning 

After hearing reports from investigation of Autism resources and ideas, Youth Leaders had to vote between 

a. March 6 Move and Autism Walk on May 7th

b. Concentrating on Autism only for the next two meetings

Option A won and the Youth Leaders divided into two groups to approach project planning

- March 6: 12:00-4:45 pm (if YLOKC has a lunch experience at the Synagogue. Movie screening:  Respect Diversity Foundation Proposal, A Bottle in the Gaza Sea Johnny Project Manager

-Jewish Muslim film at a local synagogue


-All food has to be Kosher and dishes have to be blessed

 Fajitas, French Fries and Guacamole the suggested Youth LEAD lunch for Youth LEADERs, but we will have to consult with the Synagogue is that is possibe.
- We will ask if they need us to contribute something for the audience attending the movie screening.  Due to time constrains, we will request guidance to purchase koser pre-fabricated appetizers.  Shopping experience promises to be a learning opportunity

-A true cultural experience in someone else's culture
-Have to be there from Noon until 4:45.  Supplies and set-up people: will have to arrive at 11:30

Propose Agenda - To Be confirmed with Rabbi and RDF
11:30 Supplies and set-up team arrives to Synagogue
12:00-12:30   Youth Leaders cook lunch
12:30-1:00     Youth Leaders eat lunch - Reflect and provide feedback on February meeting
1:00-1:30       Youth Leaders have icebreaker and share April Autism findings and assign responsibilities
1:30:              Youth Leaders Usher audience to the movies
1:45-4:45       Youth Leaders watch the movie and participate in the panel

TO DO
-Johnny and Carmen will contact Joan to ask for more guidance from the Synagogue

Please send an e-mail message to Sherry Houston - (emanuel_office@coxinet.net) and Rabbi Abby Jacobson (enterprisingrabbi@gmail.com) to explain YouthLEAD students’ request, to ask permission to prepare specific foods in the Synagogue kitchen and to ask your questions about Kosher rules.  I will arrive at the Synagogue as early as you do, onMarch 6.

Their phone numbers are:

Sherry Houston = 528-2113 
Rabbi Jacobson =   824-9047   528-2113 
Joan Korenblit, Executive Director
Respect Diversity Foundation
- Johnny will create a supplies team and a cooking team and facilitate the cooking and clean-up.  Leave it as you found it!


- Saturday, May 7: 6:30-noon  Goal: Awareness and multicultural event for Autism: Amira and Evelyn Project Managers
-Autism walk the DATE IS MAY 7TH
We received wrong information from Special Care, the organization we visited Friday.  The Autism Walk is on May 7th.  The color of the walk is red.

The gentleman with autism who is looking for sponsorship is Mr. John Cooper Ross.  He provided the following information
Walk Contacts 
Pres is Melinda 831.5160
VP is Chrystal Frost 315.6337
 The walk is May 7 FYI not n April
Crystal is responsible for the Walk and she is Mr. Ross' mentor.   Both ladies are very excited about YLOKC possible participation in the walk.  Evelyn and Amira, Autism Walk project managers will contact Chrystal and bring pertinent information to the March 6th Meeting.

DETAILS OF THE WALK @ PieceWalk and 5k  https://piecewalk.org/    DASH is their mascot.
Schedule for organizers and volunteers
Set-up on Friday during the day or at 6:30 on the Day of the walk.
Saturday, May 7th 6:30- 12:00 @  Bricktown Ball Park. Volunteers must be at the event (if they set-up the day before, no later than 7:00 pm.  Parents can pick-up volunteers at noon.  
Walk is free
5k is $35 

Preliminary Plans for the Booth
-Have a booth with face paint, hairspray, coloring buttons, and photo booth. Mercy School has the supplies from an old fundraiser

IDENTITY GOAL:  This is me a teen raising my own awareness and awareness of others of Autism!  Wear an autism fact?

-take shifts on walking and standing at the booth.

-Spread awareness around school the week before the walk.  Make posters and place them around your school.  Purchase the Autism shirt?  Which t-shirt, there are many- Are they selling t-shirts at the walk?


To Do:
Evelyn will contact 
a. The Walk for details of cost to participate and request to have an awareness booth.  She will bring a tentative schedule to the March 6th meeting.
b. Amira is going to look for a responsible adult to supervise this activity in case Carmen and Shannon are unable.  We did not have plans for May!  We were going to end our meetings at 

Carmen and Shannon are not available that day.  Sugg. Buthaina or a teacher.  Carmen will check with Casady and Special Care

c. Evelyn is also going to contact the man who requested sponsors for the walk because he is autistic and invite him to be at the YLOKC booth.



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Food for thought
Harvard's Education School published today their executive summary for college admissions reform.  This document is supported by many brand name schools.
Lots to process, dialogue, and discern from this document.



Planning Time
- April is Autism month 
-There is an autism walk on Saturday, April 2nd


On Sunday, March 6th
-A bottle in the Gasa Sea
-Jewish Muslim film at a local synagogue
-All food has to be Kosher and dishes have to be blessed
 Fajitas, French Fries and Guacamole were the suggested meal, but we will have to consult with the Synagogue is that is possibe
-A true cultural experience in someone else's culture
-Have to be there from Noon until 4:45.  Project Managers-supply and set-up people: will have to arrive at 11:30

On Saturday, April 2nd 
-Autism walk 
-Have a booth with face paint, hairspray, coloring buttons, and photo booth. 
-take shifts on walking and standing at the booth.
-Spread awareness around school the week before the walk.

Agenda for February 7th meeting

Who? You and YLOKC
When? Sunday, February 7, 1:30-3:30 pm
Where?  YMCA Headquarters, 5th Floor

The Y Offices are located at 500 N. Broadway, Suite 500, OKC, OK 73102. The Corporate Office is in a five story historic building on the corner of NW 4th and N. Broadway just west of the downtown YMCA (not at the gym). For more information contact:



Announcements and invitations

a. Carmen and Buthiana for teens' consideration: Presentation of I am.   Deep listening  as icebreaker, at OCU Multicultural Institute?  February 5th deadline for proposal.   Presentation is Saturday March 5th http://www.uco.edu/ceps/events/mei/ 

b. Carmen for Teens and Mentors Consideration:  The Global Kindness Challenge  Take the Challenge to your schools!  http://www.greatkindnesschallenge.org/event.html

c. Jewish Muslim Film Institute for mentors and teens consideration
Sunday, March 6: 1:45-4:45  YLOKC could usher. Our March meeting could be at the synagogue or a place near by at noon to continue project planning for April.  Then at 1:00 be at the Synagogue to usher movie goes.   If there is interest I could ask our partner organization, the Respect Diversity Foundation if one or several of our students could co-facilitate or be in the panel representing youth.   Of course the facilitators will have to preview the movie.  Carmen presented this option to the Casady Youth Leaders and they seemed interested, but no decision was made.  This will be put to full YLOKC meeting on Sunday, February 7th by project management and planning team

Emmanuel Synagogue map
A random connection blossoms into love in this drama about Tal, a recent arrivial to Israel, who witnesses a cafe bombing that traumatizes her. In response, Tal writes a heartfelt letter that follows an unlikley path to Naim, a young Palestinian.




d. Interfaith Alliance: Cair: Project Peace
 The Peace Project was in Oklahoma City at Mayflower Congregational UCC on Sunday January 31st from 2:30pm-4:30pm!   The Peace Project is a viral photo project through the Islamic Society of Tulsa's Outreach Committee. This campaign entails having people from all walks of life, stand and pose with a sign that states their name along with their occupation, or a characteristic with the hashtag #IStandForPeace.
You can see pictures from their previous events in Tulsa on their Facebook page - they've photographed hundreds of people from the Tulsa area who stand for peace and Sunday is your chance to do the same!
 https://www.facebook.com/events/1109940525705425/

Some Youth Leaders and mentors went

From Respect Diversity Foundation:  Trumping Islamofophia: 
A Community Forum on Hate, Rhetoric and Muslim Teens
Mercy School, Friday, February 5, 7:00-9:00 pm.  




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