The Power of Hygiene

A Peacemaking Project by Rica M.

What is the injustice we are solving?

An injustice that occurs within our community and many communities around the world is the inaccessibility to essential daily hygiene products at a decent price and the lack of hygiene education within most youth's home and school environments which can often lead to school bullying. Getting access to name brand products could be very expensive and time-consuming, which is why we hope to provide youth with their daily personal hygiene essentials at a reasonable price, so it's easier for teens and tweens to learn healthy lifestyle habits at a very young age. Many youth don't learn the importance of good hygiene until adulthood, which can often be too late. We are a youth that would like to empower more youth to stay fresh, smell clean, and always practice good hygiene. We hope to change the typical stereotype about youth hygiene and wish to share our information with youth around the Boston area. The injustice that we want to change is accessibility, lack of knowledge about self-care and what is consider good hygiene. We hope that our project will promote self-confidence and teach healthy youth habits that will follow them for life.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of Lack of affordable hygiene products and hygiene education and self management skills,
we will address Availability of the hygiene products and spreading awareness to the youth in our community
by Making quarterly and affordable subscription boxes with hygienic educational facts to go inside it, and give back to the community by offering one box to a youth in need for every yearly subscription we receive. We will also offer education in the form of social media, a place where most people are guaranteed to see it. Long-term, the community will benefit from this because they will have the products they need at affordable prices and they'll have more proper education on how to properly manage their hygiene. Doing these things will solve some of the main root causes because allowing people the education to properly handle themselves along with more affordable options will be the most effective way to positively impact the youth in our community.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • One of our main realistic goals is to inform the youth in our community about how to properly manage their hygiene while they’re still a youth. We will do this by making social media accounts to share facts and tips about health, and how learning this while you’re young can help you when you get to high school (Where you will definitely need it), and for the rest of your life. Another one of our goals is to make informal booklets to and out to our community with more helpful hygiene tips for those who don’t have/use social media.

We will increase my / our compassion by...

We will increase our compassion by making small hygiene care kits to hand out to the youth in our community. This will let people know that people are here and trying to help out the youth in the community, especially as they reach adolescent ages. We want to better understand the issue by understanding the need. The need is up to our youth community. This way n one is at risk of missing out on important information.

How will you show courage?

We will show our courage by bringing up a topic not many youths our age are very comfortable talking about, even though it’s a very important topic to discuss as they get older. We want to encourage people to learn more about how they can take care of themselves. In order to do this, we need to make ourselves open to new opinions and different questions. We need to become more open to our community, and that process will take a lot of courage.

How will you collaborate with others?

We will collaborate with others by sharing our information through social media and newsletters. When we share our information through social media, then people will be able to see it and share it themselves. We believe that the best way of collaborating with others is by sharing information especially to youth is through social media. For those who read newsletters will see our information and also share it throughout their peers, relatives, and friends. Which might give others the idea to collaborate with us.

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

We will know that we are making progress in the right direction once we see youth start to develop good habits, and it could even be as simple as washing your hands before and after you eat or brushing your teeth twice a day. But simple things like that are related to health and hygiene. We’ll know we’ve taken a step in the right direction if people show better healthy and hygienic habits.

Key Steps

  • 1. Create social media accounts
  • 2. Research helpful hygiene tips
  • 3. Start posting regularly. Use both social media platforms to inform youth on how to manage their hygiene at a young age.
  • 4. Create a pamphlet of hygiene tips to give to our community.
  • 5. Hand out pamphlets to the youth in our community

Reflection:

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

The project deepened our understanding of inaccessibility and a lack of hygiene education because we now have a better understanding of what our schools and neighborhood know about hygiene.

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

In terms of social media and newsletters, we've been very successful in making people aware of hygiene facts that were new and helpful to them. We´ve also gotten more youth to join our team and help spread awareness of mental and physical health.

How many people were impacted by your project?

15

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

We came up with the number of people from social media followers and consumers. We have yet to receive any yearly subscriptions.

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

Although we didn't get much exposure, we've learned that youth our age lack knowledge and accessibility about their hygiene and their health.

What did your team learn?

We've not only learned to work collaboratively, but also learned to overcome challenges and maintain a positive work environment. We've also learned to work effectively to get our tasks done.

What challenges did your team overcome?

We didn't have very many team members at first, but gradually as we went on, we gained a few more colleagues looking for work experience and the opportunity to help our community.

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

We've expanded by recruiting other youth to join our team. They've helped us expand the project by giving us more social media exposure as well as social exposure in general. Their input has also been important in the process of helping our community.

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

Make sure to have an organized action plan and members that are willing to be dedicated and present at all times.

Our Updates:

Bad Care Days Launch

Rica M. 27 June 2019 20:05 Bad Care Days launched its first youth hygiene box at the Ben Franklin Institute. During this launch, Bad Care Days gave out a draft of their newsletter, collected contact information and informed other youth about the importance of healthy hygiene habits.

Comments:

Brennan L. Peace First Staff
11 October 2019 21:24

Hi Rica,

I hope you're doing well! How are things with your project? We'd love to see any updates that you have to share. Please remember to submit your reflection as well when your project goals are complete.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best,
Brennan