Sunday, September 24, 2017

9/26 Meeting: Food Drive,Peace Week, Hurricane Relief, Positive Directions Mentors

Minutes by Co-President and Mrs. Clay
Attended:  Mariam, Safra, Ahmed, Saadia, Tina, Lauren, Isabela

YAC Service Activities
-Connected to help request by Dr. Waldrop and Mr. Delgrosso: Send information to UD parents about ASSIST Program.  We stuffed and labeled 300 envelops for the new ASSIST Program.  1st STEP (Standing Together Embracing Prevention), formerly ASSIST, is a non-disciplinary health system that serves to complement the School's philosophy of educating students in "Mind, Body and Spirit". Previously called ASSIST, 1st STEP seeks to be that safe place that provides a private avenue for friends/adults to express concerns about students' alcohol or other drug use in relation to physical or emotional health.     

-Connected to Food Drive 
Create teams to work on the Food Drive based on Compass
Leadership Teams. Goal: Have greater participation from the high school students The Food Drive planning started asking the freshmen present if they will consider leading the Casady Cans Do Food Drive 2017.  Lauren W., Tina N., and Isabela P. will be the head facilitators of the Food Drive.  Here is what we did last year (only as a point of reference...We are looking forward to "the freshman 2017 touch for the Food Drive).  
First idea was competition of some kind.  An idea was for daily winners to get first access to salad bar..."Food-4-Food"  Every idea needs to be submitted to Coach T. and Dr. Powell in writing.

Secretaries will write the letter to parents.  Hospitality chair will help the secretaries 

October 28th is Make a Difference Day.  Costume party at Boys and Girls Club was a personal project proposed by the Co-Presidents

-Connected to Getting to know each other
Hospitality Chair will play the Skittles Game On parking lot.  Hospitality Chair was not present

-Connected to Hurricane Relief: Write notes of encouragement on pinwheels made by MD students for Peace Week.  On parking lot, unable to Contact school in Florida

Suggested Agenda: 

1. Food Drive 2017, Secretaries will make the flyer for the bulletin boards and the letter for the Casady Community.  The letter will be sent by the Marketing Department after it is revised.   

2. Peace Week Reflection and feedback on post-it notes (attendance taking) Informal reflection started.  Good on speakers.  Two speakers great because attention could shift.  The last speaker was random and too long.  Other speakers kept the interest of at least one of the YAC members. Reflection will continue at next meeting on October 3rd.

3. Hurricane Relief   Cheerleaders t-shirt sale, No update from Katherine

4. Positive Directions Mentors  Applications due today.  Several applications came, but we will wait until October 3rd to turn them in.  



The seventh and eighth graders enjoyed SEE Period at Andrew Johnson Elementary. They did partner reading and played Dolch sight word games with primary students at AndrewJohnson Elementary. Memories of SEE Period at Andrew Johnson HERE.

In the afternoon, a group of eighth graders had their SEE Period at Our Spot Head Start Program.   

Learning about Our Spot Head Start Program

The 8th-grade kids were prepared to use Dr. Javier Carrasco Literacy Lab Activities at Our Spot. Cyclones joined the children during their snack time and did activities to get to know each other.  Some Cyclones shared parts of Dr. Carrasco's Literacy Lab Activities.

Spelling our names game

The goal of this first visit was to get to know each other. 

The 8th-grade teachers supervising the activity stated that the SEE Period at Our Spot went very well. All involved enjoyed their time together.  

Facing Difference Students Rebuild Challenge Unveilled

On Peace Day, September 21, 2017, Students Rebuild unveiled its FACING DIFFERENCE CHALLENGE.

Students Rebuild is partnering with CARE and Search for Common Ground to support young people around the world in planting seeds of peace through facing, engaging, and celebrating our differences.

Why facing difference? Let’s be honest—facing difference can be hard. Whether it’s as simple as engaging across the generational lines or as deeply rooted as different faith beliefs and cultural values, it can be easiest to turn away from things that may challenge our views and simply “face” things that are familiar.

When we look around the world today, many of the challenges both big and small—from kids being isolated at school to some of the violent protests that happened this summer around the United States—stem from the inability to effectively engage people and ideas different from our own.

Cyclones are invited to consider their own identity and how they can act as peace-makers in Oklahoma City. They’ll also be supporting young people working towards peace in conflict areas in Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and in the South Caucasus region.

To support Cyclones learning through this Challenge,  Students Rebuild Challenge is providing educational resources to deepen understanding. There are new Project Based Learning Units from the Buck Institute of Education, a new virtual reality experience and increased virtual exchange conversations from Global Nomads Group (coming October 1st), and that’s just the beginning! 

Upper Division Casady Service Learning and Students Rebuild Challenge invite Oklahoma City Youth to make a highly personal piece of art, a self-portrait  The Bezos Foundation will match $3—largest match to date.  Since 2010, when Students Rebuild began, they have believed in the power of young people to make the world a better place. This year’s Challenge represents the “face” of who we are at our best—a community of hundreds of thousands who are doing what they can to create positive change and build peace.

For the past three years, the Casady Service-Learning Program has undertaken the Students Rebuild Challenge as its Global Youth Service Day Project.  The first year, sophomore Ananya Bhaktaram brought the literacy challenge to YAC (Youth Active in the Community).  YAC sent over 7,000 bookmarks and provided funding for literacy programs in Peru and Indonesia.  Ananya connected to her Temple, family, friends and Boys and Girls Club at Memorial Park.  Casady Cyclones were featured in the Global Nomands teleconference with Peru and had the opportunity to see the bookmarks delivered to the children in Andahuaylas, Peru.  

In 2015, Cyclones Mallory W. and Gabrielle M. facilitated the Healing Classroom Challenge making 600 pinwheels in collaboration with Boys and Girls Club at Memorial Park which supported Syrian Youth Refugee healing programs.  

The Healing Classroom Pinwheel Exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles is an interactive installation of the youth-made pinwheels that were donated to support Syrian children learn, heal, and grow through the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms challenge. For every handmade pinwheel mailed, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $2 – totaling $400,000 – to support the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program. For Syrian children, Healing Classrooms provides a secure, nurturing environment that helps them learn, heal, and grow. 

To generate more awareness, a group of students at Montlake Elementary School in Seattle, Washington, designed this interactive museum installation in the spring of 2017 using pinwheels submitted for the Challenge.

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In 2016, Gabrielle and Mallory facilitated the Youth Uplift Challenge. 3,000 decorated hands, a resulting collaboration with YAC, Boys and Girls Club at Memorial Park and Oklahoma Centennial High School, Consumer Science and Technology Class were mailed in April 2016. The hands were match with funding to provide training for youth in Indonesia and Nicaragua.  Check out the Student Impact Report for the Youth Uplift Challenge!

This summer, Students Rebuild partnered with DEC artists and L.A.-based street artist Teachr to host Youth Uplift L.A., where Teachr showcased a unique and interactive art piece featuring the creative, colorful, and thoughtful hands!

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