Education Generation

A Peacemaking Project by Andie M.

What is the injustice we are solving?

As youth, all of the bills, laws and policies going through the government at this time affects us the most, and changes the course of our future. It makes sense then that youth should have a role and an understanding of whats going on in our political climate, right? One problem that I have noticed with my peers is that we have a little awareness of the actions taken by the government, but sometimes we don't know how to interpret it or what we can do in response. And sometimes we don't have any idea what's going on or what kinds of social injustices mean. This project would be an app, called Education Generation, that would be a tool for young people to learn more about different kinds of social injustices and movements that are happening, such as the BLM movement and women's rights movement. This app would also give education on certain bills and policies going through the government and who and what they are affecting. It would also provide advice and resources on how to act and what to do if certain issues, injustices, or laws/bills concern you. Lastly there would also be a public space where different organizations would be able to post events like marches and rallies or legislative boot camps or even as small as the next Black Lives Matter meeting in your area. As we progress in our world as people, and as a generation, we get more familiar with technology and the internet, and it helps us define us as individuals. By connecting with youth on a level that we understand it will help us get the education we need to make change and use our powerful voice.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Awareness of the Political Climate
we will address The lack of communication and resources for understanding and ability to take action.
by Creating an app, called Education Generation, that would be a tool for young people to learn more about different kinds of social injustices and movements that are happening, such as the BLM movement and women's rights movement. This app would also give e

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Get funding
  • Create alliances and friendships among other activist organizations
  • Work with other organizations on development of the app

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Working with youth and other users of the app.

How will you show courage?

By staring in the face of our government and other leaders against youth leadership by learning how to exercise of voices in the pursuit of change.

How will you collaborate with others?

By creating alliances with those who support our cause.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

Seeing how many people utilize the app and how effective it is in bringing people/youth to certain events and functions dealing with creating change.

Key Steps

  • Reach out to Spy Hop for help on developing app
  • Apply for grants to fund app
  • Create publicity to get people to use app
  • Reach out to organizations and get them to utilize app as well

Comments:

Adrian B.
5 April 2018 13:08

Hi Andie,


We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can support your project in any way! :)

Best,
Adrian  

Adrian B.
28 March 2018 18:44

Hi Andie,

We're excited to hear more about your ideas to address this important injustice! I wanted to let you know about an opportunity -- if you are interested in getting some funding for materials that you need to carry out your project, you can apply for mini-grant of up to $250.

The deadline to submit your Project Plan and Mini-Grant Application is March 31st if you want to remain eligible to apply to attend a Peace First Accelerator.

As you craft your plan, be sure to consider the feedback we gave you on your compassionate insight, and check out our project planning tools for help turning your insight into a concrete action plan: https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Then, through your dashboard you can make any changes you want to make to your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let us know if you have questions. We're looking forward to supporting your project!

Best,
Adrian  

PeaceFirst A.
23 February 2018 9:47

Hi Andie!
Thanks again so much for posting this project.

As part of the Peace First project-making process, we give formal feedback on your compassionate insight. Once your insight is all set, then you can move forward with your mini-grant application if you need funds to help move your idea into action!

I like the fact that you are thinking about a way to use technology to spread your solution to larger numbers of young people.

While I think you have had a great start, I would encourage you to spend a little bit more time thinking about the injustice you are trying to solve. You mention that what you are trying to address is "Awareness of the Political Climate". Do you mean the lack of awareness? It would be great if you talk to other young people to understand why that lack of awareness exists. We have a tool that can help you in that process:
https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-1-talking-others

I strongly believe that this could help you clarify your insight even further.

We would love to see how we can support you!

Raul
 

Fish S. Peace First Staff
16 January 2018 14:19

Hi Andie, can you describe to me what you are having difficulty with? I'd like to help however I can. You can email me directly at [email protected] so I can resolve your issue.  

Andie M.
15 January 2018 22:33

Hi there! I'm so glad you are interested in my idea! Currently I do not have a set plan in terms of development for the app, but help would be greatly appreciated. I'm trying to submit my project for the challenge but I'm facing some issues :(. If you could help me submit the project I could get on my way in the planning and development stages! Thank you!  

Fish S. Peace First Staff
15 January 2018 13:55

Andie, this is an awesome idea. I agree that engaging young people in the political process is super important -- and creating an app that not only educates them about political developments, but shows them how to take action on issues they care about and connects them to actions in their community would be a big step to making sure everyone can get their voice heard. Awesome stuff!

Do you have a plan for developing the app? How can we help? We can offer you some planning tools, a mentor, and a $250 mini-grant to help bring this to life.  

Adrian B.
15 August 2018 9:47

Hi Andie,

How's your project going? Let us know how we can support your work!

Warmly,
Adrian  

Adrian B.
27 August 2018 15:52

Hi Andie,

Hi Shelly,

I hope that you're doing well. I wanted to check in and encourage you to complete your mini-grant application soon--the mini-grant application is due at the end of the week to be part of the current UK challenge, and we'd love for you to be a part of it!

Let me know if you have any questions, or if we can help with this process. Looking forward to seeing what's next for your work!

Warmly,
Adrian  

Andrea C. Peace First Staff
31 January 2019 16:03

Hi Andie,

How are you? Just one more step to get a mini-grant for up to $250! You are so close to implement your project and address the injustices in your community! :)

I noticed you hadn’t made any updates lately and I wonder if you have any question on how to fill out the mini-grant application. I am here to help you! I am hoping to hear from you soon so I can process your mini-grant and send the check your way.

Best,
Andrea