Serving Impoverished Children in Indiana

A Peacemaking Project by Luke G.

What is the injustice we are solving?

According to the 2017 Census, there are over 200,000 students (K-12) living in poverty, or 17% of the student population of Indiana lives in poverty. While researching, I was astounded by the amount of need that is present. These children are the same as any other child in Indiana except for the fact that when they go home, there is no food in the pantry. Their parents are not able to be there, because they are working pay check by pay check trying to scrape by. These children still need the same necessities that every other child has, but they have to find different ways to meet their needs. I see this problem as an opportunity to serve our community. I want to work teenagers who strive to make a difference in our community and who want to see change and make a tangible impact on this perpetual problem in our community.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of childhood poverty
we will address childhood hunger and lack of necessities
by providing schools and organizations with bags containing food/snack items which can be distributed to the children who would benefit the most.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Decrease/ End childhood hunger in the Hamilton County School Districts.
  • Pack over 1,000 bags for the impoverished students.

We will increase my / our compassion by...

We will increase our compassion by empathizing with the children we interact with and realize that the students we are helping could be the people we see walking in the hallway each day.

How will you show courage?

We will show courage by not letting the fact that we are young hinder or performance or impact that our project will have. Yes, we are young, but we are creative, entrepreneurial and can make a tangible difference in our community.

How will you collaborate with others?

We are partnering with the local schools in our districts and different clubs to run food drives and fundraisers for the supplies needed for the bags we are packing. We are also hosting packing events for all youth in our community to come together, pack bags, and make an impact on our community together. We

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

The nurses and administrators in our school have the exact numbers of students who are impoverished in their schools. We hope to provide each school with an amount of bags that is more than necessary to feed each of the students. We can measure our success by keeping track of the amount of bags needed vs. the amount of bags packed.

Key Steps

  • APRIL 10th -17: Get local schools, clubs, or classes to help run a drive for non-perishable food items, to be finished APRIL 12TH, for the global youth service day.
  • APRIL 16th- 18th: Continue to spread the project through social media, as well as local media.
  • APRIL 19th -20th: Present to local classes and clubs to enable more students to participate.
  • APRIL AND MAY: Continue drives, and presentations.
  • APRIL 20th - 27th: Host sewing and crafting events to make more bags to donate.
  • MAY 12- 14: Conclude drives and host service day events, for the Global Youth Service Day.