Let’s Make it Right

Addressing Social Isolation In Three Parts:

Mental Illnesses, Poverty & Gender Stereotypes

Let’s Make it Right

“Most activism is brought about by us ordinary people.”

~Patricia Hill Collins

Grade 8 changemakers got together to create three solutions to social isolation that addressed three different audiences.

Project 1 : Mental Illness

Our project is about using music to change people’s mood and how they act. So what we planned to do is play music outside at breaks once a week. The way we found out about this idea is once for Halloween at our school we did a flash mob, and then just played music after. After that break kids were coming up to our teachers and asking when we were going to do it again and said that it was the best recess they’ve ever had. One break we did it we had a supply teacher out on duty and we played music, after the break she came and talked to our teacher and said that she had no problems that break. Also she asked why every school didn’t play music at breaks. We think that students and teachers would use it, we think that because some students and teachers have bad days and they can calm down and relax and have a good rest of their day.

Materials:

  • Ipad for music
  • School sound system
Project 2 : Poverty

Throughout the past few months, we have been working on looking at poverty and homelessness in our community. We studied some statistics and viewed some reports about our county, and the information we found was really alarming. This included some troubling data about youths in our community, and the high number of homeless people in our area. To help this cause, we contacted a local women and children’s shelter, and we’ve agreed to put on a fundraiser in the name of the shelter. We’re in contact with some corporate sponsors, to see about possible donations. At Rise Day, our informative presentation persuaded a guest to leave us his contact information and asked if we could reach out to him during our fundraiser, so he could put forth a donation. In the future, we would like to open up our fundraiser to the public, in order to collect as many donations as possible.

THE PROCESS

step one – research information and find statistics about poverty and homelessness in your area.

step two – contact local shelters to establish their greatest needs and see what you can help with.

step three– reach out to corporate sponsors to ask about possible donations/starting a partnership.

step four – decide on a date, time, place and other details surrounding your fundraiser.

step five – create posters, t-shirts, announcements, etc to promote fundraiser.  

step six- with money or donations that we earn from the fundraiser we will maximize our purchase power by shopping at corporate sponsors who have agreed to give us assistance in getting the most for our money.

WHO IS YOUR SOLUTION FOR

Our solution is for people that have access to a shelter, but find that the shelter may not have all the proper necessities for housing so many people.

DID YOU WORK WITH ANY PARTNERS? – IF YES, WHO?

We’re working with Rosewood Shelter and the Superstore on this project.

RECOMMENDED MATERIALS & RESOURCES

  • shelter to reach out to
  • advertisement posters
  • possible t-shirts or buttons to promote fundraiser
  • community centre or another place to hold fundraiser
Project 3 : Gender Stereotypes

Students have been executing a project that will help them put in perspective the impacts of gender roles in media on young children. They went to their school’s K-4 classes and had the students participate in two different activities (one where the students would draw four different occupations — a police officer, a firefighter, a nurse, and a teacher, and one where the children would look at four different photos of people and share their opinions on what jobs those people might have) to see what the students’ responses might be, and how different types of media may have affected the way they think about each gender’s capabilities and assigned roles.

WHO IS THIS SOLUTION FOR

Young students in our community who may be affected by unhealthy stereotypes and gender roles.

RECOMMENDED MATERIALS & RESOURCES

White paper

Markers, crayons, coloured pencils, etc.

Computer/laptop and projector (to show photos and video.

THE PROCESS

  • Step One: Watch the video in the link provided to get inspiration.
  • Step Two: Decide on which jobs you’d like the children to draw. (We chose two typically ‘male’ and two typically ‘female’ jobs. Be sure not to use gendered job titles, such as ’fireman’ or ‘waitress’.)
  • Step Three: Gather your materials. Bring along extra paper, crayons, markers, etc. to each classroom.
  • Step Four: Execute the plan.
  • Step Five: After you’ve collected your data — e.g., how many police officers were male? How many teachers were female? — return to each classroom and share your results. Make sure to explain your project in a child-friendly way so that the younger students will understand. (Avoid large, difficult words like ‘misogyny’ or ‘sexism’.  Still, speak honestly and don’t soften the conversation too much.)

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Here is a link to a video that inspired our project: Inspiring The Future – Redraw The Balance – YouTube

A CNN article on gender roles in children: https://www.cnn.com/2017/09/20/health/geas-gender-stereotypes-study/index.html

RESULTS

 

Police officer

-Male: 34

-Female: 16

Firefighter

-Male: 35

-Female: 17

Nurse

-Male: 19

-Female: 33

Teacher

-Male: 17

-Female: 35

Images

Theme: Mental Illness, Poverty, Gender Stereotypes
Program: Grade 8 Class
Semester: High School
Designed For:Elementary Students:

Mental Illness: K – Gr. 8

Poverty: Gr. 7-8

Gender Stereotypes: K- Gr. 4
Creators: James Keating Grade 8 Class