Thursday, September 7, 2017

Introduction meeting 9/7/2017

Meeting called by Co-Presidents
Minutes by Mrs. Clay:  

Time spent in addressing Peace Week needs and motivating new members to participate in the planned activities.  Co Presidents and Secretary encouraged to bring ideas on how to be more inclusive of all members in projects and to apply to youth boards

Activity:  Make your name tag

To do:  Check the flyer and sign-up  e-mailing Mrs. Clay to for Friday or Weekend PeaceWeek Activities as well as to host capstone OK Centennial High School students on 9/14 and/or attend their lunch on 9/21 ( You must have the period before lunch off to be able to attend).

 Suggested Agenda

1. Gratitude to Planning Team

- Special thanks to Ahmed for creating the Google YAC Calendar. He will add contact information of new members.

- Thanks a million to Safra and Mariam for facilitating the YAC Booth at the Clubs Fair and to Anna for creating the video.

- Arigato to Luke Albert for bringing YAB to Casady. 

- Mercy to Malavika for improving the Peace Week Flyer and writing the attached letter to the Casady Community and deciding to leave the YAC Brochure as it is. 
-- Secretaries, YAC intern, and Mrs. Clay will make a YAC 2017-2018 group email and send the YAC brochure and PEACE WEEK 2017 Flyer to everyone who signed-up to be in YAC (64 teens)  
_ Mil Gracias  to Yasmin for taking the Clubs Fair pictures

-Thank you to Ford and Jacob for bringing the Stanley Hupfeld Academy Mentors Project to the Club's Fair.

2. Go over Peace Week Flyer 2017
-Who are the World Peace Village facilitators and who will be introducing the speakers during the 11 Days of Global Unity? 

Unity: Christianity: Sophia  Sophia introduces Sept 11th speakers, Rev. Shannon Fleck, Dr. Carl Rubenstein
YAC writes Gratitude Letters at Harper when schedule permits it.  We helped OK Centennial High School to write a proposal a $1,500 grant. They applied to be a 9/11 school of service during the summer. I will be spending two hours of 9/11 at their school supporting their efforts.  Every gratitude letter to those who serve not just the military or veterans,- we also take letters to the Village Police, our firefighters, doctors, and nurses at Mercy Hospital need to be documented with a sign-up sheet.  Centennial 9/11 organizers need to document every teen who participated in grant reporting and evaluation purposes

At 6:00 pm there is a UN meeting at the OCC to finalize the Peace Day Observance at the Capitol.

Interdependence: Judaism Aaron. Aaron introduces Sept 12th speakers Mr. Dema and Mrs. Jeannine W.
First Official YAC Meeting at Wing:  All members write gratitude letters and make pinwheels for peace.  Sahanya introduces Compass Leadership.  Ali facilitates the Skittles Ice-Breaker.  Agenda by Mariam and Safra.  Mrs. Clay will reserve the Casady Wing for future active YAC meetings.  we were the first ones to ask for Tuesdays, Activities as our meeting day.  We will keep this time!

*** Possible Stanley Hupfeld Academy mentors training at Harper

Environment:  Buddhism Sara  No speakers Introduction on September 13th.  Discipline Committee Presentation at Chapel Elections during Activities Sahanya makes an announcement with Mr. Delgroso about water Walk.  YAC members should prioritize the Water Walk and Rain Barrel Activity.  Possible Stanley Hupfeld Academy mentors training during Music.  YAC was asked to bring 1/2 gallon to a gallon empty water jugs to help the Environmental Club with their activity

Economic Justice: Muslim Katherine  Katherine introduces Sept 14th speakers A Jaye Johnson and Deputy Dang.  8 YAC members needed to host OK Centennial Capstone students during lunch and activities. Mrs. Clay asked YAC to email her if interested in hosting.  Casady is the school with the most resources in OKC.  OK Centennial is the school with the least resources in OKC.

Health:  Hinduism Malavika. Ellie introduces September 15th speakers, Dr. Marcia Moore and Chef Kevin.  YAC members should see the documentary Happy at Dr. Torres Room.  This starts movies in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month and Peace.  Mrs. Clay strongly encouraged YAC YAC to go to Boys and Girls Club to make peace art (Pinwheels and Peace Rocks) or just play with the kids.

Children and Youth Day: Saturday, September 16th YAC encourage to volunteer at Boys and Girls Club Day of Kids or at the Food Bank  Mrs. Clay will be volunteering at Boys and Girls club only.

Women Day, September 17  YAC encouraged to attend the Interfaith youth Tour.  Service-Learning has reserved 3 tickets for interested YAC members on a first come, first served.  Mrs. Clay will be on site supervising the Casady YAC group
Human Rights: Native American Ahmed. Claire introduces September 18th speakers, Ms. Bek-gran and Luke Albert.  YAC encouraged to continue to write letters of Gratitude and view the video what is in your DNA at Harper after Advisories

Freedom: Orchestra member introduces the Orchestra on September 19th   YAC encouraged to continue to make pinwheels for peace day and to write letters of gratitude

Disarmament: September 20th Father Blizzard and/or Father Youmans introduce their speaker, Mr. Jim McPhee on September 20th  YAC encouraged to participate in the mindfulness activity.  

Peace: September 21
YAC encouraged to participate in the Peace Walk and Kolache Breakfast.  The Hospitality Social Media Chair ALI, the photographer Jasmin- will create the process of the walk and the Kolache breakfast.  7:00-8:00 am.   Choir member introduces the Choir on September 21st

Sign up to attend the dinner benefiting Good Sheperd's Clinic and the UN Observance of Peace Day at the State Capitol at 6:00 PM.  YAC will be transporting all pinwheels and planting at the South Lawn of the Capitol

NEWS FROM YSA:  Youth Service America

September 7, 2017 | Volume 24, No. 35
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  Awards for Youth Who Stand Strong Against Disasters
As the nation responds to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as the wildfires in the Western U.S., YSA will recognize young people who are standing strong against disasters.  

We're looking for creative and innovative ideas from youth who are providing immediate relief to those affected by recent disasters, supporting long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts, and helping prepare their own communities for disasters. Awards of $250, $500, and $1,000 will be awarded in each of three categories:
  • Disaster Relief
  • Disaster Recovery & Rebuilding
  • Disaster Preparedness
Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, September 20 at 5 PM Eastern time. Apply at 
Other opportunities and resources to help you respond to disasters include:

Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief will air on September 12 on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and CMT live on the east coast 8pm EST with a replay on the west coast 8pm PST. The broadcast will feature appearances, performances, and taped tributes by some of the nation's biggest stars. Phone lines, text messaging, and digital donations will be open at the beginning of the show and will conclude one-hour after the show ends.

Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly-rated organizations responding in the aftermath of Harvey and Irma and providing assistance to the people and communities affected by it.

September is National Preparedness Month - a reminder that we must all take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for all the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, go to school, work, or visit. September 30 is National PrepareAthon! Day or 
Project Ideas and Toolkits
Serve & Remember: Make 9/11 a Day of Unity, Empathy, Kindness, and Hope
Honoring this moment in our nation's history by serving in your community helps transform 9/11 into a day of unity, empathy, kindness, and hope as an enduring and positive tribute to those lost and injured on 9/11, and the many who rose in service in response to the attacks, including first responders, recovery workers, volunteers and members of our military.
Make your commitment, get ideas and resources, and tell us your project plans at  

YSA, in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, selected 51 K-12 schools as 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance Impact School grantees. These schools will engage students in schoolwide service activities on Monday, September 11th. These schools from 22 different states projects integrate their students' strengths and passions as well as their local community needs and assets. Most of the projects will put an emphasis on supporting veterans and military families.
Check out YSA's new teacher plan and student activity sheet from Scholastic to help you plan 9/11 Day of Service projects focused on helping veterans and military families as well as other resources for schools to engage their students in national days of service at   
Teachers - Win a Trip to the 9/11 Memorial in NYC In observance of this year's September 11 National Day of Service we're partnering with My Good Deed to select one teacher from the United States to receive an expense-paid trip to visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York. Want to be considered? Just add your name to the list before September 30
Apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Grant by September 30to Support Your Fall Service Activities  
Disney is committed to strengthening communities around the world through volunteerism and wants to know what you're going to do to help make your community healthier, greener, and stronger - creating a brighter tomorrow. Starting this fall, Disney, through YSA, will offer $500 Disney Be Inspired grants to kids who plan to implement volunteer projects in their community. Click here for new resources, ideas and examples to help you get started.

We encourage you to consider the following events this fall as opportunities to plan youth-led community projects:
  • Bullying Prevention Month (October)
  • Make a Difference Day (October 28)
  • Trick or Treat for UNICEF (October 31)
  • Veterans Day (November 11th)
  • Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 11-18)
  • Family Volunteer Day (November 18)
  • Universal Children's Day (November 20)
  • Holiday Season (Thanksgiving, November 23 - January 1)
  • National Mentoring Month (January)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 15)
Once you've chosen a project for the fall, visit to apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Grant. All youth in the United States, ages 5-18, are eligible to apply through September 30, 2017. Youth can also apply on behalf of a class, an afterschool program, or a group in a youth development or community-based organization. 4-H, After-School All-Stars, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Camp Fire, FCCLA, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts, The Y (YMCA), and YWCA groups are especially encouraged to apply.

For Isaac Leifert (17, Boca Raton, Florida), service has always been a part of life. When he saw how his work was able to make a difference in his community, Isaac began to brainstorm how he could tackle the issue of hunger in his hometown. He was quick to rule out the idea of a non-perishable food drive: "while this is helpful, fresh nutritious produce is often left out of the equation." Isaac also took into account the competitive spirit he and his friends shared. "What if I can get my friends to grow [produce], see who grows the most, and donate it all?

Isaac decided to create Gardens on the Go, a series of small, portable garden boxes that can be given to youth and adults who are at risk of going hungry. To make his dream a reality, Isaac applied for and was awarded a Disney Summer of Service grant! With his grant, Isaac, in partnership with Pinecrest High School and B'nai Torah Congregation, created 11 Gardens on the Go to donate to the SOS Children's Villages Florida, a foster care neighborhood that keeps siblings together.  The project was featured in the local newspaper.

Today, Isaac and his friends regularly visit Children's Villages. During a recent visit, Isaac spoke to some of the children who received Gardens on the Go. "They keep their gardens on the front porch so they are the first thing the kids see when they get home from school. Checking on their gardens gives them a reprieve and allows them to take their minds off of whatever challenges they're facing."

You can apply now for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service grant through September 30, 2017 and join YSA, Disney, and youth like Isaac in a movement to make the world healthier, greener, and stronger!
For the past 100 years, America's high schools have remained virtually unchanged. Yet the world around us has transformed dramatically. It's time to turn the American spirit of ingenuity towards our high schools and come together as a nation to give our students the education they deserve. On Friday, September 8, some of the biggest names in entertainment will join students, parents, educators and more for a must-see, live television event. EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live on September 8, 8/7 Central on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC. 

Discover how to take part in the World's Largest Lesson 2017 and bring the Sustainable Development Goals to your classroom during a twitter chat on Saturday, September 9 at 9am Eastern. Join in using #TeachSDGs.
Thirty-eight percent of kids don't know what their spark is. They haven't yet discovered what gets them excited, pushes them to learn and gives them purpose. We know that sparks are the first step to thriving-to creating a healthy, purposeful life. Adults are critical in kids' sparks journeys because we can get kids thinking and talking about sparks. We can earn their trust, start conversations and name the sparks we see come alive. 
It's important for us to understand the depth of these challenges; hate speech won't just go away if we don't examine the underlying causes. There are specific activities we can use to engage students in deeper reflection and eliminate hate speech in the classroom.
"What About Us?" - Pink

"We are searchlights,  
we can see in the dark
We are rockets, pointed up at the stars
We are billions of beautiful hearts
Sticks and stones,  
they may break these bones
But then I'll be ready, are you ready?
It's the start of us, waking up come on
Are you ready? I'll be ready."
The complete Service Songs of the Week playlist from 2012-2017 is on YouTube at and Spotify at