English learners who are scared to practice English and be involved.

A Peacemaking Project by Lelani T.

What is the injustice we are solving?

I feel that everyone deserves to feel comfortable at school to be involved and get the "high school experience" and I want everyone to feel welcome here, despite what is going on with Trump.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Immigrant/ELD students not being involved in the community
we will address the lack of communication and comfort for ELD students
by getting English speaking students to know and bond with ELD students. Also introduce and taking them to school/community activities and traditions.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Make ELD students feel more welcomed to the community.
  • Get to know new people and make new friendships
  • Introduce ELD students to a new place in community
  • To continue and expand our club (The Bridge Club)

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Getting to know different EL (english-learning) students and their stories/ point of views. We will try and put ourselves in their footsteps and understand the struggles they go through everyday.

How will you show courage?

By stepping out of our comfort zones to make sure EL students know we want them here and the help them get to know the community. Often times these students are shy or scared and keep to themselves, in order to get them to branch out we must step out of our comfort zones. We are bringing light to this injustice at a time of tension in our country.

How will you collaborate with others?

We will team up with the "Intercambio" club, who work with English learners and Spanish learners and talk to the ELD teachers. We will also talk to staff that deal with transportations and school events.

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

When we see more EL students at school events and around different parts of school. We will know we are heading in the right direction simply when we see them opening up to us and hanging out with us.

Key Steps

  • Talk to intercambio, Mr.Nelson, and AVP office
  • Get to know EL students
  • Research local points of interest
  • Plan transportation

Reflection:

How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

My team got to meet different types of ELD students and learn about the struggles they go through after moving to the United States. They understand that they are afraid and feel out of place. They are unaware of all the opportunities our community has to offer them and we know that they hold a burden of being immigrants everyday.

How did your community change as a result of your project?

As a result of my project, part of my now knows about our immigrant population and more people are reaching out to help them feel welcomed. EL (english-learning) students feel more comfortable at school and are more aware of the school and community events open to them.

How many people were impacted by your project?

37

Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?

I got a solid 15 from the host in my club that are working on this project and helping organize events and who are learning about the EL student population. I got 20 more from the EL students that signed up for our field trip and are in the club.

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

By talking to teachers who work with EL students, presenting to EL classes, and by getting to know different EL students. My team learned lots through communication with different people and by building a bridge between native english speakers and EL students.

What did your team learn?

We learned that these EL students have lots of different hobbies and interest and don't realize that they can pursue those interest in our community. We learned about the burden they carry from home after arriving to the US when we talked about planning and scheduling. We realized that these students are scared and we just have to make and effort to reach out to them so they branch out.

What challenges did your team overcome?

We overcame the lack of EL participation because at first many weren't aware of our club and purpose, while others were scared to enter.

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

I worked with another club on campus that communicates with EL students and reached out to teachers in the support center and those who teach ELD classes. I spoke with the drama teacher to expand my club and get us involved with the drama productions.

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

Don't be scared to be the first to reach out to solve a problem because people care and want to make change, all it takes is one person to strart a chain reaction. It may get hard at times, but in the end it's all worth it, so do things that you're passionate about and spread the peacemaking.

Comments:

RaulPF C. Peace First Staff
1 June 2018 19:07

Hi Lelani!

Congratulations on finishing your peacemaking project! I’m on the Peace First team and wanted to say thank you for your amazing work and for taking time to share your work.

Below you will find some feedback based on your Reflection, which we hope will help you to celebrate your incredible accomplishment and reflect on how to grow and develop your project in the future:

I think your project is a very clear example of how courage, compassion, and collaboration could be used to make a difference in communities and schools. It was great to see how much you learned about the students being affected by the injustice and how despite some initial setbacks, you were able to collaborate with others to make the project a reality.

I am excited about your interest to expand the club and I look forward to seeing how we can continue supporting your efforts.

We hope you will stay in touch and keep us up to date as you continue your work to create change!


Thanks for making the world a better place!

Raul
 

Lelani T.
13 April 2018 22:54

Okay, thank you so much!  

Bonnie B. Peace First Staff
6 April 2018 21:11

Hi Lelani,
Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

Strengths: Your mission to make sure that everyone feels welcome and included is a strong and clear one. Your passion for this injustice is so clear.

Things to Consider: As your project takes shape, I encourage you to look for and engage likely and unlikely partners to help you - other student clubs, teachers, counselors, administrators, maybe parent groups. There may be additional ways to find activities and engage in traditions.

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!

Best,
Bonnie  

Adrian B. Peace First Staff
28 March 2018 18:35

Hi Lelani,

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 9:33

Hi Lelani!
Thanks again so much for updating your project. It is great to see you continuing to be involved with Peace First.

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 think your insight is really powerful and has a clear solution to address a clear root cause that you have identified. I also love how much your project has been driven by your compassion.

There are a couple of tools that I think could help you in the process of putting a strong plan together:

This one to develop SMART Goals: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/plan-1-smart-goals

And this one to help you brainstorm what you need to take your idea into action:
https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/plan-2-head-heart-hands-and-feet

I look forward to seeing how we can support your work!

Raul