Letters with Love

A Peacemaking Project by Jenny W.

What is the injustice we are solving?

We are a group dedicated to showing gun violence victims that they are not alone, we spread words of hope and kindness from those who have gone through traumatic experiences to those who are currently going through them.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Violence
we will address the feeling of solidarity after gun violence trajedies
by sending letters to those who have recently been in a gun violence tragedy from people in Sandy Hook, a community that has been affected by gun violence in the past.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • To be able to send letters to all victims of gun violence

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Talking to my peers and getting feedback from those who are getting my letters. By hearing from those on the other end, I will be able to see what further needs I can meet.

How will you show courage?

I will need to communicate with teachers and principals in order to expand my project, this will require courage because it is not always easy to talk to those who are superior to you.

How will you collaborate with others?

I already have a team of selected people who have been to my events in the past to help plan future events and expand my project into something that can reach more than just Newtown High School.

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

I will know if I am moving in the right directions because I will have an increasing number of people at my letter writing events and my team will be coming up with innovative ideas for expansion.

Key Steps

  • Talk to teachers in my school
  • Begin fundraising
  • Get the word out via facebook and announcements at school

Comments:

Amani A.
27 April 2018 15:26

Hi Jenny!
I am part of the Peace First team and wanted to check in about your project! It looks like you are interested in applying for a mini-grant to help fund your project! You are welcome to apply through your project dashboard at any time you are ready. Once you receive the mini-grant, we ask folks to finish the project and submit their reflection within three months.
In addition, I want to provide you with some feedback on specific part of your project and I would really appreciate if you could please consider them.
Compassionate Insight: I really like the idea of your project and the solution that you came up with, but I would encourage you to be particular about the type of violence that you want to tackle. The point is to make the project as clear as possible so other Peace First members would understand it better.

Project Plan:
* Project Goals: I would invite you to work a bit and create specific goals. Try to answer this question, please: what are the short and long-term goals that you want to achieve by the end of this project? You can use our SMART Tool, which will help you on how to do that:
https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/plan-1-smart-goals

* We will increase my / our compassion by: please consider working a bit on this - answer this question: how you will increase your compassion while implementing this project?

*How will you know you are moving in the right direction?: another way to ask this question is how will you know that you are doing well in this project? It might be by the number of letters you will send or the reply/reaction of the people who received the letters or by conducting a survey, that shows the outcomes of this project.

Thanks for being a peacemaker and keep up the excellent work! Please keep in mind that while you are welcome to carry out your project at your own speed, if you are able to complete your project and submit your Reflection by the Challenge deadline of May 31st, you will remain eligible for additional opportunities. Either way, we are excited to hear how the project goes -- and let us know how we can support you!  

Kelsey T.
11 April 2018 12:20

Hi Jenny! Great to see your project plan taking shape! I wanted to let you know about the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant to support your work if you require funds for any materials you need to carry out your project. You can apply for a mini-grant at any time, but if you're planning on applying for one, we'd encourage you to apply by April 15th to stay eligible for additional opportunities! If you don't need a mini-grant to carry out your project, you can still be eligible for those opportunities by carrying out your project and submitting your reflection by May 31st-- and we will provide feedback on your plan soon!

To apply for a mini-grant, I recommend taking Raul's feedback into account and making some changes to your insight to be as clear as possible, and then you can submit your mini-grant application form from your dashboard.

Best of luck carrying out your project!  

RaulPF C.
2 March 2018 11:27

Hi Jenny!

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 really like how compassion is so key to the approach you are hoping to use to solve the injustice.

I would invite you to maybe try to frame your injustice a little bit better so that it expands from "violence" to something that could help others understand what aspect of violence you are trying to address.

You can use some of our tools to do that. See our toolkit here: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/peacemaker-manual

I look forward to seeing how your project progresses.

Best,

Raul  

Fish S.
1 March 2018 10:15

Hi Jenny -- thank you so much for sharing this project. Someone will come along to give you formal feedback on your compassionate insight first -- but I just wanted to say thank you for doing this work. Showing solidarity to folks who are struggling is powerful -- and I like your insight that showing solidarity with survivors is a key part of the solution to violence.

Love your compassion, love your collaboration, love your will to reach beyond your community. This is amazing, and I just have one question -- how can we help?