Friday, September 23, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, Activities- Food Bank Speaker

Participants:  Isaiah, Miranda, Safra, Mariam, Hannah and a group of freshmen, in picture.  Minutes were not taken at the meeting because there was a conflict with STUCO's meeting preparing for Homecoming.

1. Food Bank Speaker:  Tips for a Students Against Hunger Food Drive
Nicole provided brochures, flyers, collection plastic bags, boxes and suggestions of what other schools have done in the past to motivate giving.  Safra and Mariam led the freshmen collecting boxes from Nicole's car.  They started to build the boxes, but we needed packing tape to make them stronger.

2. Fall Fest Reminders
Isaiah made a sign-up sheet.  He and Miranda will send text to remind YAC membership to bring donations and volunteer at Fall Fest.  Temporary tatoos is what we will be featuring at the booth.  The details for the booth were sent by Miranda and Isaiah to Coach T.  Mrs. Clay also followed-up requests with an e-mail.  Best Buddies will share a table with YAC

3. Project Proposals  On Parking Lot

This is about the possibility of having the students at Casady School help Open Arms Clinic (a Christian Charitable clinic) in providing prescriptions and medical supplies to low-income uninsured patients.

I’m a long-time member of All Souls Episcopal Church.  I left a lucrative position at a software start-up company in Washington, DC to join Open Arms Clinic and address the critical need for healthcare among poor adults in the OKC metro area.

Although our clinic helps low-income uninsured patients apply for prescription assistance programs, the process can take three months.  Open Arms Clinic and it volunteers and donors step into that gap to ensure that patients get the life saving and health sustaining medications they need.  We are supported entirely by charity.  For a patient with diabetes this could be a three month prescription of insulin at $458/month. With the growing number of under-employed and unemployed in our community without health insurance, this is a critical problem.  In fact in June of 2016 the US Census Bureau ranked Oklahoma County 40th of the 100 top counties in the country with the highest numbers of adults without healthcare insurance.  This is out of over 3,000 counties.

Something needs to change.  In order for us to continue to assist these members of our community we must educate the public and ask people to become Agents of Change.  

I’d like to ask the students to join me in this effort by distributing empty prescription bottles and asking their friends and family members to fill them up with spare change. 

Although we can no do all things, I believe with God’s help we can do something meaningful to share the love of Christ with a hurting world.

I’d be glad to come to talk to classes, clubs or assemblies to educate them about the problem.  I can work it however would be best for the students and school.

May I make an appointment to come see you this next week about how the students of Casady might become agents of change?

God Bless You,

Rosemary Hayes

Rosemary Hayes, PhD
Development and Volunteer Coordinator
Open Arms Clinic
5252 N. Meridian, Suite 1010
Oklahoma City, OK 73112

Phone: 405-546-7416

Every young person has dreams of who they will become. Yet millions of young people who face the unstable circumstances of poverty leave their education behind to provide for their basic needs­­— pushing their dreams further out of reach.

While these misfortunes are significant, all young people—despite their circumstances—possess assets, skills, and gifts that can improve their lives. Investments in financial literacy, job and entrepreneurship training, and youth-led groups and networks can help overcome the setbacks of poverty.

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The Leader: Dare to Dream Edition
Volume XIII, Issue 17 — September 2016
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You're invited to Dare to Dream
28th Annual National Service-Learning Conference®
Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA
March 22–24, 2017

Connect with hundreds of educators and young people from across the world — all working together to make change through service-learning.
Whether you’re young or young at heart, this conference promises to inspire you. Access tools, ideas, and support through a network of like-minded leaders.
Be our guest and make a positive difference in your schools, communities, and the lives of young people everywhere.


Calling All Workshop Presenters!
Do you have a high-quality service project you would like to highlight at the conference?
Deadline is October 16 to share your expertise; don’t delay. Submit now.
Youth Emcees Wanted
Do you have what it takes to present in front of more than 1,000 of your fellow attendees?
Apply to be a youth emcee byDecember 4 and be heard!
Awards Nominations Open
NYLC and its partners present awards honoring youth and adults for their commitment to education, service, community, and service-learning.
Nominate an outstanding leader today! Deadline is December 5.

Connect and spread the word!

Planning on joining? Help us spread the word on social media. Below are some sample messages you can use to promote Dare to Dream:
  • Join me at @DisneylandToday for #SLC17, the premier event for #servicelearning educators. @nylcorg
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  • #SLC17 welcomes you to Dare to Dream. Join me in Anaheim, March 22, 2017. @nylcorg

From the Field

Meet the Winners!

Meet the winners of the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes — outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Their leadership and courage make them true heroes — and inspirations to us all.

Disney Summer of Service Grants

Disney ABC and YSA are inspiring young change-makers this summer who are making their communities healthier, greener, and stronger. Deadline is this Friday, September 30, so act quickly!

Scholarships for Students Fighting Hunger

The Sodexo Foundation — Stop Hunger Scholarships reward students working to end hunger in their communities. Winners get $5,000 for college and a $5,000 grant to give to the charity of their choice. #GET5GIVE5 in your hometown. Apply by December 5.

Living The Example National Video Contest

The Living The Example National Video Contest was created to provide young teens an opportunity to showcase their passions, hobbies and achievements. What is it that you do that sets a positive example for your peers? Deadline is October 21.

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Get Youth Involved in the Presidential Debates


The first U.S. Presidential Debate for the 2016 elections will be held next Monday, September 26! These moments "when everybody is watching" are great opportunities to organize a discussion with others about the issues important to youth. (The Vice Presidential debate is on October 4. Two more Presidential Debates are scheduled for October 9 and October 19.) Here are 10 ideas on how to get youth involved in the debates:
  1. Host a school-wide Debate Watch party at an auditorium, sports stadium, or other large venue. Break into smaller discussion groups after the debate for students to reflect on the issues discussed.
  2. Use social media to foster discussions during the debate with unique usernames, custom hashtags, live Twitter conversations, online web streaming.
  3. Have teachers offer extra credit for watching the debate or incorporate it into their classroom discussions. Use these discussions to talk about issues important to youth, such as education and jobs.
  4. Provide candidate profiles and background using resources fromScholastic and PBS. Consider showing ChannelOne's Meet the Candidates Raps for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for a fun, informative approach. Non-partisan voter guides for students are available from the Campus Election Engagement Project.
  5. Cross-promote the Debate Watch with other groups at the school, including student councils, local chapters of College Democrats/Republicans, and other groups that represent a diverse array of your school's demographics
  6. Invite representatives from local government, League of Women Voters, and local political party representatives to attend the Debate Watch and potentially share their views on the debate afterwards.
  7. Register students to vote at the Debate Watch- use resources such as YSA's Service Vote "Register" Tipsheet, Rock The Vote's Online Registration Tool, and League of Women Voters' High School Voter Registration Training Manual.
  8. Use a sign in sheet to follow up with attendees to remind them to vote and provide them with voting information.
  9. Provide a scorecard, like the Candidate Report Card, so that students can evaluate the candidates as they address important issues.
  10. Make plans to host your own debate, forum, or town hall with local candidates.  
YSA's ServiceVote campaign offers even more ways for how youth can involved and serve this election season.  


See what the world could look like if we achieve the Global Goals.
UNDP, in partnership with Project Everyone, United Nations Foundation and The SDG Action Campaign, is celebrating the first anniversary of the adoption of the 17 Global Goals with a week of action, awareness and accountability for sustainable development. The Global Goals have the potential to end poverty, inequality, and climate change, but they're only going to be completed if we raise our voices and remind our world leaders to stick to their promises. This #GlobalGoals week, help us tell everyone about the Global Goals and what they can do to make these dreams a reality. 
Two more black men, Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher, were killed by police in the past week. While many are left feeling hopeless, there are things you can do to practice self-care, support those around you, and advocate for justice. Here's a comprehensive resource from with information on police violence, tips for coping with trauma, and other ways to make a difference.
Student Voice is working to bridge policy and practice in its latest project: the State of Schools Report. State of Schools is a comprehensive document that aims to examine school climate from the student perspective. It is framed around the Student Bill of Rights, 12 different rights ranging from civic participation to employability. The report will be created with the help up hundreds of student contributors from all 50 states. If you or a student you know has a story to share contribute today.
When you're under 18, it isn't always easy to sit back and watch as the rest of the country chooses the future president. And according to a Seventeen poll, nearly half of you feel that because you can't vote, you have zero effect on the election. Still, 78% of youth under 18 are following election news. Use that knowledge to start discussions or make a change.

Mulan, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, and Cinderella encourage you and your friends to make your community healthier, greener and stronger! Apply for a $500 Summer of Service grant through September 30.

Disney Summer of Service Grants
Deadline: September 30
Young changemakers who have ideas or projects that could make their neighborhoods healthier, greener, and stronger can receive $500 to gather their friends and bring their creative visions to life. Youth, ages 5-18, in the U.S. are eligible to apply for Disney Summer of Service grants by submitting service project ideas. Hundreds of youth-led service projects will be selected and $500 grants will be awarded to each winner's sponsoring organization to assist with the implementation of the project. Select grantees will have a chance to be recognized by Disney|ABC Television Group or their local ABC affiliate.

Deadline: September 30
Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood's environment.  
Deadlines: Varies by Program
Captain Planet Foundation invests in high-quality, solution-based programs that embrace STEM learning and empower youth to become local & global environmental change-makers. Educators, both K-12 classroom and informal, who are interested in receiving support for students to design and implement hands-on environmental solutions are eligible for project funding.

Deadline: October 21
Mentor Foundation USA's Living the Example (LTE) video contest showcases teenagers who are following their passions and pursuing their dreams while staying drug-free. The contest is open to high schoolers in the United States. All participants must submit a short video explaining how they set a positive example for their peers. The grand prize winner will win a trip to Los Angeles and receive a tour of the YouTube Space in La Playa Vista. Second and third place winners will receive tech prize packages.


Trey Pope, 17, Cedar Grove, North Carolina, cares about the sustainable development of small towns and communities in his home state. He has been conducting livestock auctions since he was a child to raise funds for local community well-being. Thanks to his unique ability to conduct real auctions, Trey became involved in multiple community groups and organizations conducting charitable fundraising events. He has raised funds for several rural fire departments, churches, the American Cancer Society, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the Outlaw Foundation, and his school. Thanks to Trey, many of the churches now provide food pantries, ministries to single mothers, and housing/utility assistance for the needy. Fire departments have been able to maintain facilities in good working condition, volunteers and firefighters have received training, necessary equipment has been purchased, and churches and schools have been able to continue on in providing services to their respective communities. Needy families have been able to pay down debt of medical bills, and schools were able to buy better equipment for their computer labs.

YSA and UL are changing the conversation on road safety in India through our Safer Roads, Safer India program. Sarah Barrie (Director of Grants, YSA) and Chris Wagner (Director of Partnerships, YSA) share their firsthand accounts of traveling across India to equip others with the skills needed to solve India's road safety issues.
Throughout our community meetings and in-person trainings in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, and Bangalore, we learned that everyone is a road safety expert. What we mean by this is that everyone has a story of a family member, a friend, or a community member that has been injured, or worse, in various kinds of road accidents. Fortunately, we've been able to meet with youth, educators, and NGOs from across the country who are working to create awareness about and take action to implement projects focused on a variety road safety issues. Here are a few plans we've heard during the trainings:
  • In Delhi, a Youth Fellow is organizing an awareness campaign focused on changing the behavior of drivers who do not let ambulances pass, while also researching and designing a GPS device that changes traffic signals as ambulances approach an intersection to improve that amount of time it takes to reach victims.
  • In Pune, a teacher described a 4 KM stretch of road from the highway to the school that has injured and claimed the lives of many students. Her classes will conduct road safety audits to investigate the causes of the accidents and then plan awareness, service, and advocacy projects that integrate the data they collect.
  • Over twenty-five road safety related partners in Ahmedabad have committed to collaborating with the Youth Fellow and Classrooms with a Cause educators on their projects. They'll be having their first meeting this upcoming week.

As part of the World's Largest Lesson this week in recognition of the first anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals, we highlight the many amazing resources available to help you teach kids about the Global Goals and call on them to find their voice, take action, and make an impact. 

If you're planning an assembly or a lesson to introduce the Global Goals, choose a lesson plan, download the poster, explore the Goals booklet and if you can, show children one of the films. We especially recommend The World We Want: A Guide to the Goals for Children and Young People published by UNICEF.
Comics are effective teaching tools because they require readers to not only passively receive information, but also interact with the text and images to construct meaning, and that is the key to the magic. Words and pictures work together!
As an educator you have the power to channel students' positive energies and help them believe that they are not powerless, that change is possible, and they can drive it. Use this series of resources to help your students plan immediate actions or longer term projects.  
Find lesson plans and many more creative resources for teaching each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

"Where is the Love?" - Black Eyed Peas featuring The World  

"And to discriminate  
only generates hate 
And when you hate,
then you're bound to get irate 
Madness is what you demonstrate 
And that's exactly how hate  
works and operates 
Man, we gotta set it straight 
Take control of your mind, just meditate 
And let your soul just gravitate  
to the love So the whole world celebrate it."

The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2016 is at