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The Ecology of Democracy, Chapter 6 - Your point of view - 2

Hello Everyone,

Our classroom discussions have centered on a chapter you were assigned from The Ecology of Democracy.

This is a gentle reminder that your posts and responses are due by Monday, November 27th by midnight. Keep in mind, you are to write a well thought-out, meaningful reflection paper about your group project  and respond to two of your classmates papers, for a minimum total of three posts.

Remember, we are interested in your original thoughts and ideas! This assignment is designed to get you to think critically and engage in a civil discussion with your classmates about the democratic process of problem solving as it relates to you in the classroom and in the community.

Please do not wait until the last minute; post early and often. Each post will be graded based on the quality of the content. Your post should cover some aspect of the chapter you are reading including the problem, process, program and projected outcome. Please use this link to enter the website http://ecologyofdemocracy.org/.

You will make your posts in the classroom conversations area; under the thread The Ecology of Democracy Your point of View-2. You can also receive up to 20 points extra credit by answering the thread question: How do you understand the role of citizens or the citizenry in a democracy?  If you have not registered, you will need to do so. Feel free to catch me in class or shoot me an email if you have any questions.

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MMSymanzik's picture

Hi! I like your ideas about having the homeless perform in a play to raise awareness about the homeless. Any idea what kind of play would best accomplish this goal? Also, would you provide places for your actors to shower and clean and get into costume before the play? Do you think your homeless actors would want compensation or pay for performing in the play? Would it directly benefit your actors to perform this play? I did like your idea about the ticket pricing online versus at the door. It seemed fair. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

MMwicker's picture

My group started of this project by listing off ideas to help with our problem. We all went around brainstorming our own ideas of what we think is the best idea. The problem my group was faced with was homelessness. Most of my group members did not talk much, or did not show up, so I felt like I had to come up with more ideas to overcompensate. Each person in my group had different ideas, so in the end we decided to put our ideas together to make one main idea.

I learned that it is harder than you think to come up with programs to help those in need. While planning our program, my group faced problems with details. We knew what we were going to do, but we did not know how we were going to do it. Our plan was to create a play involving the homeless, so we could raise awareness, as well as money to give back to homeless shelters. So to overcome our lack of detail we had to think long and hard about how we were going to get this done.

In the end we had a much better idea of what was going to happen and how. The first thing we needed to figure out is who we want to help, so we picked a homeless shelter here in Flint to help out. From there we could have the people living in the shelter be a part of our play, and the shelter could also bus people back and forth. Also my team members and I could also help out with transportation. Our five thousand dollar budget was going to be used for producing the play, along with donations. Whatever donations were left over would be donated to the homeless shelter. The percids from the play will also be donated, tickets would be ten dollars online and twenty at the door. To get people to come to the play we need to advertise. In order to advertise my group decided we would use social media, hang up flyers, go on the news, send out emails, etc. This play would happen over two weeks Friday-Sunday to ensure the max about of revenue. In the end our projected outcome is to raise more money than our five thousand dollar budget. Also if five thousand dollars is not enough to help us produce our paly we would ask for donations. The donation could be money or anything people are willing to give us. For example if someone owned a costumes shop, we would take costumes as donations, if that person is willing to give it to us for free to spread awareness about our cause.

In the end after each group came up with their own ideas to combat their own problem we came together as one big group. Coming together as one big group was much easier because every group already had ideas of what to do. We came up with one day where there will be lots of events going on and three main plays. When coming up with what we wanted to do as one big group there was some conflict, but not a lot. When we did not agree as a team, we took a vote and the Marjory ruled, and that is how we solved conflict. It was also more fun to work with a bigger group because there is more personalities you get to experience and you get to talk to people you probably would not have if it was not for this project. We had tons of fun, but at times that got us in trouble because we were on a deadline from the Mayer, and only had a certain amount of hours to get certain things done. After we realized we needed to get down to business our ideas and plans came together quickly. When working in a group you have to remember to listen to others, even if you don’t agree with them. Because when you listen to others, you could actually hear an idea you like, and an idea that someone says can spark other ideas.

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Flint is a city that thrives on culture and art and keeping that importance around while cleaning up the community as a whole and restoring abandoned homes is what The Blight Projets’ goal is. The problem with Flint is that these abandoned homes,along with crime and poverty, have become a regular for the city and have brought the reputation of the beautiful city increasingly down. We plan to restore these homes, one at a time, by raising money for the cause and bringing in as many volunteers to help as we can.

We, The Blight Theatre Organization, have put much thought into the process of doing so. Our theatre organization, filled with artistic and talented kids from the community will put on weekly performances and donate all of the funds raised from ticket sales toward the restoration of local abandoned homes. During these performances there will be donation boxes available to those guests who wish to donate money or household items such as tools, building materials, painting materials, and planting materials. In order to reach more outwards of just the community of Flint, we plan to set up a Go-Fund Me donation page where anyone from anywhere can donate any amount of money they desire to help with our rebuilding of the homes. While money helps with buying materials, we also plan to reach out to local hardware stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, Menards and ACE for any donations of materials as well. To get the word out about our goals and plans and recruit volunteers, we will visit local churches, cafes, community meetings and community members on the street. To reach a larger number of people we also plan to contact local news stations to share our story with rest of the community.

Our program is incorporating the love of art, something all of Flint deeply values, to bring people together to restore the beautiful community, that once stood tall and proud, and is ready to rise up to that level once again. Someone else that wants the best for Flint, just like The Blight Theatre Organization, is the Mayor of Flint. With the generous donation of 2,500 dollars, we have a good running start to kick off our project right in the center of the heart of Flint. Many people want to help this community grow, strive and return back to the all-american family home filled place it once was.

Our projected outcome for our community is to make the residents of flint feel more comfortable with a more desirable atmosphere. With replenished and revamped homes, it will feel like a safer place to live and be apart of. Our program and project will launch in the Summer of 2019 and we plan to have complete success with resources and volunteers already piling in to help restore of beautiful community of Flint.

 

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According to the world health organization (WHO) violence is defined as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation”. Bullying is also a type of violence. Bullying is defined as “A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself” (Olweus bullying prevention programme, 2003-2015).  In bullying a person is harmed physically, sexual, psychologically or emotionally. This is aggressive behavior which involves negative and unwanted actions. Bullying is repeated behavior and involves imbalance of power.  Bullying is often carried out by young people. Bullying which includes physical and sexual assault, theft and racist taunts is against the law but is not reported as crimes

Main drivers of the school violence and bullying are disability, gender discrimination, poverty and social status, ethnic differences, physical appearance and sexual orientations. Bullying and violence not only occur at schools but may occur on some other places like on the way to school or home, at cyber places, home and community. This is growing problem of whole world including developing and developed countries like Europe, United States and America.

Violence and bullying in school systems is a serious matter for students, teachers, parents and school administration around the world. Rights of children and adolescents are being violated in schools in the name of bullying. Bullying has negative impact over academic, physical, emotional, sexual, psychological and mental life and health. This may have long lasting effects on victims. This may result in depression, anxiety and insecurity in life. Bullying not only affects individual lives but also affects the social life and societies resulting into anti-social and criminal behavior in adults. Impact of bullying at school may result in lower grades of students, drop out and absentees from school. This may impact mental and emotional health resulted in the form of stress, fear, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and even suicide. All of these factors contribute towards anti-social behavior which will result in higher rates of crimes.

Urgent actions are required against violence and bullying at school. This is criminal act and should be reported to police. Actions at every level should be taken to stop this criminal act which has negative impact on individual and social level. Environment of the school and surroundings should be supported legally and administered legally. Effective policy against violence and bullying at schools should be made to condemn this act. There must be awareness campaigns for the society by the leaderships. Best monitoring and evaluation team should be developed to collect data and evaluate the status and prevention of this act. Bullying is not reported to the police so efficient and effective reporting systems must be introduced so that bullying must be reported and stopped at the right time.

Different countries had taken action against this crime and have developed laws and started campaigns like republic of Korea developed anti-social violence and bullying law to protect the human rights of students. Australia developed national safe school framework to combat bullying. Chile started peaceful coexistence campaign to promote harmony in schools. In Indonesia young people have team up with the government on anti-bullying social media campaign. Afghanistan started violence free school project to condemn the physical punishment, sexual abuse and gender discrimination.