Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Public Event #2 (Reflection)

For my public event I attended a breakfast with Santa at my sisters elementary school in Coventry. The boy scouts hosted this event. They set up the tables and served the food to the guests. It was a great opportunity for the boy scouts to give back to the community. Students from the school could come and have breakfast with their peers, and see Santa. Students were also encouraged to bring friends and family as well. This event was a good example of building a community in a school. The school set up this event so the students could interact with their peers outside of the classroom. It was also a chance to meet other families from the community as well. In class we emphasized the importance of a strong community for youth. Not having a sense of community can be detrimental to a child. If they don’t feel like they belong it can have a serious impact on their growth. We know from Maslow’s hierarchy that belongingness is one of the basic needs of a person. If a child doesn’t feel like they belong it will stop them from achieving self-actualization. But, if you can create a community amongst the students and their families it makes for a much more positive environment for the youth to grow in. A sense of community will have everyone looking out for one another and caring about the well being of their friends and neighbors. Community support can make a big difference in peoples lives, youth especially. Feeling accepted and like they belong to something can do wonders for their self-esteem and overall growth. I thought this event was just a small example of a school trying to improve the community by hosting a get together like this.
(Heres some short explanations of community as well as Maslows Hierarchy)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Public Event #1 (Reflection)

For my public event I attended the 28th annual AIDS Walk RI on September 28th 2013.  Thousands of people gathered at the state house for a 2.5-mile walk in support of AIDS research. Before the walk began there was a very powerful speech from a young man named Anthony Maselli who is a test counselor at AIDS Project RI. He also happens to know first hand about the power of a positive test result as he tested positive for HIV in September of 2012. He spoke about how he contracted the decease while he was taking part in many high-risk activities. He was drinking, partying a lot, using drugs, and having unprotected sex. The idea that he could contract HIV never crossed his mind. This event relates to our class because we talked about the importance of sex education for youth. How it is important to educate youth earlier before they make a decision that can change their life forever. For Anthony unprotected sex led to HIV, for others it may lead to a child. Whatever the burden may be, it’s important that youth are aware of the risks, as well as some preventative measures. HIV/AIDS is a deadly decease, and keeping youth educated could save thousands of lives. Often times people don’t even know that they have AIDS and can unknowingly spread it to a number of people. This whole event also relates to the caring part of the 5 Cs, this event showed how many people care about AIDS. If enough people show their care and support hopefully with enough research we can find a cure for this deadly decease.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Web Quest ( Youth Voices)

Adobe Youth Voices is an organization that focuses on student creativity. It teaches students to express themselves through new multi media techniques and powerful story telling. They are focusing on “Creating with Purpose”. They challenge young people to use media making to impact change and have an effect on the community. It is a new way for youth to express their voices in a more powerful way. I think this is a great way for youth to be heard. It allows them to be creative and show some serious talent in the process. For many youth this maybe the best way they can express themselves due to the massive increase in technology for their generation. Using Technology may be second nature to them, and they are given a chance to use it in a whole new way to express themselves. Adobe Youth Voices also focus on teaching youth skills to survive in this changing world. By teaching them these new multi media skills they are preparing them for the technology based world this is becoming. They are also building leadership skills, creative problem solving skills, and just creativity in general. Many future jobs for youth are going to require some creativity given the amount of change we are undergoing. Adobe Youth Voices is pushing students to think outside the box, think abstractly, and find new ways to do things.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Paradoxical Pathways (Hyperlinks)

Paradoxical Pathways: An Ethnographic Extension of Kohn’s Findings on Class and Childrearing by Annette Lareau. In this article the author raises this issue of parental values on leisure activities for children. Differences in values were seen across the economic class of the families. Middle class families felt “The more one can expose children to, with a watchful eye and supervision, the more creative they can be in their own thinking. The more options they will be able to see for themselves, the more they get a sense of improved self-esteem, self-worth, and self-conīŦdence. I think that will carry them through adulthood. It’s something they can think back on as a good experience.” Working class and poor did not put much importance on leisure time. They spend their “source resources to provide for and protect children. They assume they will grow and thrive spontaneously through accomplishment of natural growth”.
 This may work for some children but not everyone; others need that opportunity to experience this natural growth. So for me I would lean more towards the middle classes approach, although I do agree that natural growth from within the child is very important as well. I have found a few examples talking about the importance of extracurricular activities and taking advantage of leisure time. These Hyperlinks relate to the text because they are all about why it is important to use leisure time wisely in the form of extra curricular activities. Kids spend a lot of time outside of school and having a hobby or activity that they are involved in will go a long way for that child. It will keep there mind sharp, they will develop self worth, meet new people, develop new skills that would be lost in traditional schooling such as team work and leadership. Parents are able to see a difference in their child's behavior when they are involved in extracurricular activities. It keeps kids busy and out of trouble and using their time in a positive way that will benefit them in the future. 
Hyperlinks Below