Project Rousseau Community Service

What is the injustice we are solving?
- Educational disadvantage and lack of opportunities to give back amongst underserved youth in New York City.
- Social isolation among the elderly.
Our Compassionate Solution
To solve this injustice of
social and economic inequality
we will address
food insecurity in low-income communities
by
preparing and sharing brunch with residents in a homeless shelter
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Adrian B.

April 05, 2018

Hi Alistair,


We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible for the Accelerator by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for an Accelerator, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can support your project in any way! :)

Best,
Adrian
Adrian B.

March 28, 2018

Hi Alistair,

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
Adrian B.

March 09, 2018

Hi Alistair,

Thanks so much for posting this project! As part of the process of completing projects, we provide formal feedback on the compassionate insight before moving forward with looking at mini-grant applications, etc.

I like how you're thinking about ways to address food insecurity--and in your project description, you also link food insecurity and educational inequities, which is very perceptive.

As your insight is currently structured, it's a bit confusing. I think I know what you're trying to say, but some of the pieces seem like they aren't in quite the right spot. It seems to me like the injustice you're trying to address is "food insecurity in low-income communities"--that's not the root cause, right? Or am I understanding it wrong? If you put food insecurity as the injustice, then I encourage you to go deep and start thinking about what are the root causes of food insecurity in low-income communities--and how this brunch will work to address some of those root causes. Here's a link to our peacemaking tools--the "understand" section has a lot of great resources for unpacking why an injustice exists: https://www.peacefirst.org/peacemaking-tools.

I also encourage you to connect with projects on the site that are also doing work around food insecurity. It's always helpful to talk to other folks doing similar work! Here are a few of them:

https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/food-justice
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/kans-kidss-zavala-elementary-food-pantry
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/millions-people-do-not-have-access-enough-food-eat
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/showing-compassion-towards-1-4-children-are-food-insecure
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/children-do-not-get-enough-food-eat-home
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/food-shortage-and-production-my-community
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/jee-foods
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/project-food-thought
https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/compartamos-la-mesa

Thanks so much for all your thinking and work on this project! I'm excited to see where it leads.

Best,
Adrian
Fish S.

January 10, 2018

Hi Alistair! Thanks for sharing this project. These are two really important injustices -- and I imagine they are really closely linked. Do you need help thinking about how to design a project to address these injustices? You can use some of the tools here to get you started: https://www.peacefirst.org/resources
Alistair S.

January 12, 2018

Thank you very much! My co-worker and I are working on putting together specific projects with some of our students to address these issues, so the resources will be extremely helpful.
Fish S.

January 15, 2018

Excellent. Please let our team know how we can be helpful, and make sure that your students register their projects (they don't need to have a project plan yet, just to sign up!) by January 31st so that they can enter the Peace First Challenge and earn access to larger grants!
RaulPF C.

January 02, 2018

Thanks for sharing this project, Alistair! Can you tell us a bit more about the group that will work on this project? any particular area where you need support the most? We are here to help!