Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dare to Dream: Workshops, Plenaries, On site projects, Group reflections

Today, all group members chose different workshops. The Casady Dare to Dream team showcased their projects. 

Some members attended the plenary sessions others chose to explore onsite projects. 

Matt Severson, Founder of School Fund 

Business development and product partnerships for Project Loon, Project H (a confidential clean energy project) and other early-stage X projects.

Steven Culbertson,

At the end of the day, the group decided to skip the parties to shop and do homework.

After dinner, Sahanya led the first reflection.   We shared thoughts about people who taught us something and a person or idea that moved us to action.

Exploring a personal spark to serve, connecting to Middle Division SEE Periods, and the process of backwards design creation of a non profit and how to market ideas were mentioned by the teens. Memorable workshops were Managing a nonprofit, a 17 year old survival guide (the process and the marketing), Change begins with a leader in me (IPARD encountered), Food for Change (sugar and nutrition activities), and Knowledge and the End of Slavery Forever (Daring to Dream placing millions of books in the hands of people and making it a reality overcoming all obstacles).

Making Learning Relevant, Connecting STEM to Social Justice

Food for Change

How much sugar is in your drink? Nutrition, Diabetes Prevention

Food Apartheid
Feed a family of 4 with $5 with groceries from a local store or Whole Foods

I cannot afford to see nutrition.  McDonals has the $1 Menu and I have 4 mouths to fee and no time or transportation to grocery shop

Food Apartheid

Mrs. Omelia and Mrs. Clay reflected during tea time before dinner at a local restaurant.  Mrs. O'melia share the desire to explore a more intentional collaborative effort between the SEE Period and the Upper Division YAC as a consequence of the workshops she attended and from viewing the showcase presentations.  Mrs. Clay shared the "open your fist activity" as one thing she will remember the most because it brought a new teaching tool for her toolkit.  She stated on an e-mail to some Casady teachers and administrators: "At a workshop at the National Service-Learning Conference, I was very impressed by the quality and mindful presence of a group of students who presented "Food for Change" which called participants to question where does your food come from? How does your food demonstrate sustainability?  Students from high school Green Ambassadors in Southwest Los Angeles addressed food injustice in their community.  The students helped us evaluate sustainable food, show how food production contributes to the drought, and define "food desert" and "food apartheid."  The Green Ambassador Interns provided easy to reproduce activities.  Their facilitating teacher stated that the most influential book for her as an educator was ("the choice theory" The Quality School/Quality Educator by William (Bill) Glasser.  Cherylynn knew about Glasser.  Have you all read about his work?  Dr. Marcia Moore stated in a reply e-mail "Bill Glasser is a psychologist who has been around a long time and written about therapeutic intervention with adults and children, especially within the school arena.  His work is solid and well respected.  I am not familiar with the choice theory but will read about it."  Service-Learning bought the book!

As next steps, we shared possible plans of a day of interactive, connected service with the Middle Division, Best Buddies, and Boys and Girls Club. Activities such as the H20 for Life wheelbarrow, dough for blind children to develop the sensitivity they need to learn how to read and write in braille, and the save the turtles art activity by the Qatar Foundation were pinpointed as good possible experiences to create relationships and a taste for the fun of service.

ON SITE Projects

Rachel's Challenge


School Fund Youth Board