Who We Are: Youth Perspectives on Modern Discrimination

A Peacemaking Project by Felissa M.

What is the injustice we are solving?

My project will solve the injustice of those who use stereotypes to judge others instead of getting to know them first.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of discrimination
we will address how stereotypes are used to pass judgment on others.
by creating a documentary of youth sharing their experiences with stereotypes in order to prove that isn’t the reality we live in.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Is to show our documentary of youth sharing their experiences with stereotypes in order to prove that isn’t the reality we live in.

We will increase my / our compassion by...

We will increase our compassion by having showings of our documentary to people. Also, explain the reason it was made and talk about our thought processes for it.

How will you show courage?

We have shown courage by shedding a light on discrimination and showing how people has felt about it.

How will you collaborate with others?

We will collaborate with others by working out a time to show our documentary and ask for feedback for what we can improve on. As in working with Global Concepts Charter High School and 4-H clubs

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

We will know by the responses we get from our showings of our documentary and see how it affects others.

Key Steps

  • 1. Get approval from school/4-H club to host the event.
  • 2. Get funding for refreshments.
  • 3. Make flyers/announcements for showing times
  • 4. Documentary premieres.

Reflection:

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

It deepened our understanding by making us think of the future. We want to show more people our documentary and try to more changes to people's views of each other.

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

It changed by having people feel empowered that youth is speaking up to injustice and taking a step further on this issue.

How many people were impacted by your project?

65

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

I came up with this number because we had two showings of our documentary, one at a 4-H club and another at Global Concepts Charter School. They asked thought provoking questions and gave wonderful advice to for our documentary.

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

We learned from our own experiences and talking to others about their experience. As well as have a civil discussion about what can do to help those affected.

What did your team learn?

We learned to spread our message more clearly to our audiences. Also, be open to add more things to our documentary to make it more modern.

What challenges did your team overcome?

We overcame technical difficulties and finalizing the details to when we will show our documentary.

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

Yes we have, we involved people apart of 4-H for feedback on our project. Also, involved friends on thoughts of design and sound.

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

My advice would be to have everything you need in order. You need an organized plan in order for you to succeed in your goals. As well as keep in mind there may be obstacles in your way.

Comments:

Fish S.
1 February 2018 13:51

Hi Felissa! Thanks for sharing this project with us! Really excited to help you promote equality -- however we can.

Can you tell us a little more about what you see as the problem? How is inequality showing up in your community? Do you see any solutions?

Let us know how we can help! :)

Fish S.
22 February 2018 10:22

Hi Felissa! I'm a member of the Peace First team. Thanks for sharing your Compassionate Insight - as part of the process, I wanted to give you some feedback!

Your insight is really clear, crisp, and powerful. Discrimination is a true and harmful injustice, stereotypes are a clear root cause, and creating a documentary for young people to share experiences and break stereotypes is a powerful way to address this issue! I think your insight is ready to go -- the only thing you could do to improve it would be to dig a little more into your thoughts on discrimination, and tell us more about how this shows up in your community.

How can we help with your next steps? Creating a documentary is a big task, but it's also such an effective way of storytelling. We're happy to connect you to other young people who have made documentaries for their peacemaking projects, as well -- let us know how we can support you!

Fish S.
26 March 2018 10:56

Hi Felissa!

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 a 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 or if we can help in any way. We're looking forward to supporting your project!

Fish S.
13 April 2018 23:50

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:
Felissa, as I've mentioned, this is an awesome idea -- film has such power to change people's minds, and stereotypes need to be challenged. Thanks for having the courage to take on this problem head-on as an artist. It's great that you're thinking really intentionally about spreading the word, and also about getting feedback. Your plan seems like a good one! It sounds like you've already made the documentary -- can you share that here? I know we'd all be really interested to see it.

Things to Consider:
I'm interested to hear more about what you'd like participants to get out of watching your documentary. Are there specific things you hope they learn? Are there ways you'd like them to change their minds? We'd love to help you think more about how you can decide what outcomes you want to measure and then track them with a survey. That will give you a better picture of how you're changing minds. Do you plan on doing any follow-up discussion after the film?

Congratulations and best of luck with your project! Please let us know how we can help this come together!

RaulPF C.
2 June 2018 10:39

Hi Felissa and team!

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 am glad to hear that despite some technical difficulties, you were able to show the documentary. I truly believe that film is a great medium to spread awareness and engage others. I am also glad that you are feeling motivated to expand your work. It seems like your team and the people that watched the documentary were positively impacted by it. As you expand your work, I would encourage the team to continue talking to different audiences to continue increasing the understanding of your selected injustice. We would love to continue supporting your work!

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