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Abandoned Houses- Artitechture

Problem- Abandoned Houses
We received $5,000 of federal funding in order to help start our foundation, with this we hope to reduce the number of abandoned houses within communities as well as increase the community morale and involvement. We would also like to partner with other organizations to further progress and have a larger effect within communities. However, we need to figure out how to make a larger profit to keep our organization running as well as continue partnerships on to other people in the community such as police men and firefighters.

Program- Artitechture
While developing our ideas we originally wanted to remodel the homes and make them into homeless shelters, art museums, as well as a place for people to be able to come together and create art. People ranging from children, nursing homes as well as prisoners. However, with this there were too many difficulties and financial responsibilities so we eventually agreed on tearing the houses down and creating community gardens. With this we could sell the old materials from the houses for extra income as well as using the materials for people to make sculptures and art out of to go into the community garden. Some materials may also be helpful when building flower pots, fences or a green house.

Process and outcome- Partnerships and Volunteers
Our program will be based heavily on the partnerships and connections we can make in order to allow us all of the materials we would need to take down houses safely. With this we would also need volunteers from the community willing to put in the work to build the new garden areas as well as planting in the garden. We would still like to partner with police and other organizations for extra community support and even superivisors when children would be there. We hope this project will turn an abandoned neighborhood into a bright, safe area where people can come together and express themselves and share a common interest.

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salkiek's picture

The problem our group encountered is children are being abused. After being given a small budget of $2500 for such a big project, we began to debate on what the best solution would be. As an art association, we came to the conclusion that we need to create an environment that would help children escape the toxic environment in their household and leave them hopeful instead. First, we discussed an after-school program, that would allow students to open up, while also do fun activities such as painting. However, the children are still under the age of 18 and will need to receive permission from their parents, who aren’t going to allow them to attend. After debating some more, a final decision was reached. The students must attend a class during school once a week where they can express themselves and find peace away from home. In addition, that class will bring awareness to the abuse. If kids open up to teachers, the abuse will be reported to higher authority.

Abuse is becoming a noticeable problem within in the community. Hopefully, schools will willingly work with us since we're providing the funds. However, to create a better program, additional fundraising will take place. By raising awareness on social media platforms through volunteers and supporters, our goal is to raise another $1000. In addition, there will be a large play at the end of the year that will hopefully help bring in a mass of funds for the upcoming year, parents will be invited. Students will receive transportation through district school buses to arrive at the event. To encourage other high school students to volunteer, they will receive hours for NHS. After the event, all funds will go to the program.