Wintergreen Adaptive Sports Awarness Prgram

What is the injustice we are solving?
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports is a program that provides people with all types of disabilities the opportunity to ski/snowboard (have fun on the snow). As a volunteer I am aware of the program and participate weekly, however; in my high school, Western Albemarle High School no one knows of this program only 40 minutes away. There are many handicapped students at my school that my mother, their teacher, teaches. They are bright kids that deserve an equal opportunity to have fun and enjoy life. I propose to raise awareness throughout the local area of this program for the handicapped persons and volunteers.
Our Compassionate Solution
To solve this injustice of
unfair treatment and opportunity of all persons disabled.
we will address
the ways these people are treated and limited opportunity in liberating activities.
raising awareness for Wintergreen adaptive sports program and create student "gossip" tanks for fun and games for all to participate in.
Our Plan
Our Project Goals
To solve the injustice on how people with disabilites are treated and with the creation/awareness of stress-relieving activities that are limited for them.
We will increase my / our compassion by...
Holding a luncheon, informational meeting, and meetings for fun and games for all!
How will you show courage?
We will show courage by being bold in showing others how to respect all people and setting the example.
How will you collaborate with others?
By holding arrays of meeting and communicating with all willing.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction?
When people start to go to Wintergreen Adaptive Program is the goal, but progress will be made when disabled people are simply interacting more with everyone else.
Create a list of key steps you will take
Make flyers
Hold a luncheon
hold meeting and create activities
offer transportation to wintergreen
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Kelsey T.

February 09, 2018

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.

Your idea to help raise awareness about the opportunity to get involved in the Wintergreen Adaptive Sports program is great -- and I think the luncheon is a great step. I also love that you included offering transport to Wintergreen as one of your project steps-- this is a great way to ensure access is available for anyone who is interested in participating. I also can see that your project is about more than just getting people who can benefit to participate in the program -- it is also about creating community between people who have disabilities and people who do not, which is great.

Things to Consider:
While your project clearly comes from a place of compassion, I'd encourage you to think a bit more about how you can articulate how you will increase your compassion through the process -- how can you involve people with disabilities in the process and find out more about their experiences to make sure you are addressing their needs? How can you continue to encourage community building at the school to ensure people with disabilities are treated well? Perhaps you can collaborate with the school community to come up with additional ideas over time for additional stress-relieving activities.

I'm curious what you mean by "gossip" tanks for fun and games? I'd love to hear about what that is and your plans for these activities -- in what way will this help address the goals of your project?

There is some great potential that can grow out of these first steps and I'm so excited to see where this goes!

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!
Vincente T.

February 08, 2018

Hey Adrian!
Sorry for I have been out with the flu this week. Your summary of my project and outline of injustice is spot on. Also, thank you for clarifying the terminology for me. After a talk with one my teachers she thought of a couple great ideas to raise awareness. She proposed a luncheon which is a great idea to spread the word. For the next step, I know that I need to add more to my “busget” how detailed would that need to be for say a luncheon and buying products like paper for flyers and so on?
Kelsey T.

February 09, 2018

Hi Vincente! I received your updated mini-grant application and the level of budget detail you have included is fine. We will process your mini-grant application today and be in touch soon!
Adrian B.

February 09, 2018

Hi Vincente--a luncheon sounds like an awesome way to spread the word and to get to know your disabled classmates, while also building community. Very cool! Let me know what other ideas you have and how we can help. I'm excited to see where this project goes! :)
Adrian B.

February 02, 2018

Hi Vincente!

I moved this conversation over to the project page, so that it's easier to see as you work through the steps in your project.

Thanks so much for this response, and for your work! Raising awareness of programs that already exist is an important part of solving injustices. I"m glad that you're wanting to make sure that this accessible program is available to disabled students in your school!

I'm curious about how you would specify/define your injustice further. I'm hearing a few different problems that you're identifying in your description.

--Disabled people at your school do not have access to outdoor sports and activities because they aren't aware of this program. (This one may actually be more like a solution to some of the other problems than the direct injustice--is that right?)
--Disabled people do not have equal opportunities
--Disabled people are often looked down on and people are indifferent to how they are treated, and don't care about their feelings
--Disabled people are often socially isolated, maybe only interacting with their parents
--Many abled high schoolers don't understand disability and this causes them to treat disabled people poorly/avoid them

Clarifying how you'd define your injustice will help you solve it. Do any of these seem right, or is there another way you'd talk about this injustice?

Peace First has many tools to help you in the process of bringing this project to fruition. Now that you've chosen what you want to focus on, the next step is to understand the root causes of the injustice. When you've deepened your understanding of why this problem is happening, you'll be able to address the root causes. (It sounds like, given the pieces you've discussed in your comments and in the project, you're already well on your way to understanding.)

Try talking to people who are directly experiencing the injustice--disabled students at your school--people who are trying to solve the problem, and people who are continuing to perpetuate the problem. Here are some resources on how to do this: (You probably didn't know this, but "disabled people" is the term most people prefer, although the intellectual disability community tends to prefer "people with disabilities"--just so you know language that will help people feel most comfortable when talking with them. :) )

You also can do some additional reading of disabled perspectives so that you can understand the justice work disabled people have been doing in the US for decades. Try these articles, and keep looking from there!

And here are some great organizations that are led by/advocate for disabled youth:
General resources:

Whew! I know that's a lot--you can take it one piece at a time. :) I hope that this is helpful. I'm looking forward to seeing how this project evolves! Thanks for your commitment to solidarity with the disabled community in your school.