Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 14th: Economic Justice Day

Junior Katherine S. welcomed YAC Chapel speakers Mr.  A. Jaye Johnson and Deputy Sheriff, Justin Dang.

Mr. A. Jaye Johnson is the Director of Community Relations and Facilities at Boys and Girls Club at Memorial Park. Those who know him well describe Mr. A. Jaye as A champion of youth, a father to many, and a leader of change. Some of his favorite things in life are sports; OU and New York Giants football, and Superman. It isn’t surprising that Superman is one of his favorite things as he gets to be a superhero to hundreds of children and youth every day. Mr. A Jaye has always led the charge believing everyone can make a difference; “We all need to do our part.”

Boys and Girls Clubs are working to overcome
  • 11.3 million children are home alone after school
  • 14.5 million youth live in poverty
  • 1 in 6 students fail to graduate from high school
  • About 2,700 juveniles are arrested daily
  • One-third of kids are overweight
For more than 150 years, Clubs have provided children and teens with a safe, caring environment, and the resources and guidance to achieve great futures. Today, 4,300 Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation serve 4 million youth each year, work that we believe changes young lives for the better.  Hundreds of Casady students have served at Boys and Girls Club in the 15 years of interaction between the Club and the Casady Service Learning Program.

Deputy Justin Dang has been the Deputy Sheriff assigned to Casady for 4 years. He started in Law Enforcement in 2011. Deputy Dang is a part-time motorcycle cop for Oklahoma County. Deputy Dang has maintained safety on campus through arrests, medical assistance and engaging the community to keep an eye out for the unfamiliar. 

During the School Day

During lunch Capstone Oklahoma Centennial High School students shared a SAGE meal and learned about Casady School from YAC members Saada N. and Yasmin H. The Capstone students had their first service project of the year on 9/11 where they observed the National Day of Service and Remembrance. Chef Carrie Snyder Renfro, Consumer Science, and Technology Teacher applied to be a Service Leader School and received a $1,700 grant to promote service projects on 9/11, MLK Day, and Global Youth Service Day in April. Go Bisons! Here are some tools on their website for reflection of 9/11 Unity Day activities.






The capstone Oklahoma Centennial High School students time at Casady was spent as follows:

1. 12:00 Met Carmen Clay at Harper Wing.  Dialogue with Mrs. Clay's Study Hall.  Took a tour of the PD and LD on their way to Calvert.

 2. 12:30 Observed the beginning of lunch.  Mrs. Clay and Coach T. took Capstone students to tables where they shared lunch. Students were at 5 different tables.  

3. 1:05-1:20 Met YAC hosts Saadia N. and Yasmin H. by the stage area. Walked to Harper explaining how the school life is in the different buildings.  Once at Harper the conversation was cut short because of the next stop the Centennial students had to make, Reading at a Nursing Home.  After sharing an ICEE (I See PEACE with our interaction), the students left to their respective routines.

4. 1:20-1:30 Oklahoma Centennial Students met the YAC students who will be visiting Centennial High School on 9/21 during lunch time.  Aaron, Sophia, and Yasmin.

Mrs. Melody Hubert, Middle Division teacher sent the following email regarding a song one her students played while making their pinwheels for peace during art class. "I had a student play a song during class that has lyrics that are very appropriate for Peace Day/Week, so I thought I would share it with you just in case you might need a song for something. It is by a Christian artist, Mandisa."

Middle Division Art Class busy finishing the pinwheels for peace that they will send to Florida School that started the Pinwheels for Peace project, Monarch High School, Coconut Creek, Florida



In seven days time people all over the world will unite for peace.  Peace Day, 21 September is an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence, and every year individuals, organisations, families and friends come together to mark the day. By organising or participating in Peace Day events, we have the chance to reaffirm our commitment to peace in our homes, communities, countries and our world.
As this year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the first celebration of Peace Day as a day of ceasefire and nonviolence with a fixed calendar date, we’ve been highlighting a number of inspiring initiatives from previous campaigns, across different sectors. In these final few days leading up to Peace Day we are looking back at commitments from governments, religious leaders, NGO’s, dancers and musicians. 
Peace Day is just seven days away – what will you do? Please tell us about your upcoming Peace Day activity via this link, so we can inform as many people as possible.
Follow us on social media for news and updates on some of the inspiring events being organised all over the world, including how to get involved in global campaigns like Unite4Peace, the Womens March for PeaceCoaches across ContinentsTalking Peace Festival, the #PeaceDayChallenge, and the Geneva Peace Talks featuring former UN Secretary General and Nobel Laureate Kofi Annan. 
Thank you for your continued support. Here’s to Peace Day, 21 September
In peace,
Jeremy Gilley
Founder, Peace One Day
Highlights - 15 Years of PEACE DAYS
21 September
GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONALISATION – in 2001, the UNGA unanimously voted to designate 21 September, Peace Day, as a day of non-violence and ceasefire. Over the years governments on all continents have further institutionalised Peace Day in numerous ways, from the Argentinian Congress passing Peace Day into law, and a US Congressional Resolution, to the former Philippines President mandating September as a National Peace Consciousness Month, and the Liberian President declaring Peace Day as a National Holiday. 
NGO COALITION – in 2012, as part of the Global Truce campaign the NGO and Reducing Domestic Violence Coalitions in support of Peace Day were launched with POD Ambassadors Jude Law and Thandie Newton, with the UN's Interpeace as NGO Lead Partner and Baroness Scotland's EDV Global Foundation as RDV Lead Partner. Leading NGOs, from the IRC and Save the Childrento Greenpeace and Crisis Management Initiative, joined together to activate their global networks for Peace Day.
RELIGIONS FOR PEACE – in 2013, RfP, the largest international coalition of representatives from the world's religions dedicated to promoting peace, together with the Board of World Religious Leaders and others, mobilized people of all faiths and beliefs in support of Peace Day 21 September, including Pope Francis asking the estimated 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide to take an active role on that day.
DANCE AND MUSIC – in 2014 the Set for Peace initiative involved high profile musicians and DJs from Niall Rodgers to Steve Aoki, followed in 2015 by Zumba® engaging thousands of their instructors in promoting reconciliation and peace-building in their local communities, and a special ballet class taught by former Principal of The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, Ms Cynthia Harvey.
FORGIVE FOR PEACE – in 2015 UN Assistant Secretary General Ray Chambers and some of the world’s youngest and most influential digital influencers joined forces to create a ground-breaking social media movement to celebrate Peace Day 21 September with the hastag #ForgiveForPeace, attracting online engagement in Peace Day from the likes of Justin Bieber, Ellen DeGeneres, Tyra Banks and Richard Branson.