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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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Nalhisan's picture

I totally agree with you teen pregnancy increasing every year and I liked the idea of your program to raise the awareness about it.

Uparker's picture

Yes, I totally understand that teen pregnancy is not an easy topic to discuss, especially with young people. I think your group had a great idea. I loved your decision to use a community theatre as your organization and decided to perform a skit at local schools. It is very important to educate the younger generation and talk to them about these very real problems in our community. Many young girls including middle school and high school students are getting pregnant and we need to find a way to lower the increasing rate of teen pregnancies. I think that acting out a play that addressed the issue of teen pregnancy would really help the students to learn in a cool way. I understand that your group struggled with a lower budget, but I'm glad you got to colaborate with other groups to create one large community program. 

Ntedesco's picture

My group was assigned to come up with ways that a children hands on museum could help veterans in our community. The five of us were to represent the museum while we would just figuratively go about the veteran’s part. We were just one of five groups within my class, everyone represented a different business whether it be another museum, a theatre company, movie studio, etc. We were all told that we had to come up with a process, program, and a projected outcome based on the problem that we were given. Working between the five of us was not very challenging, we were all very easy to get along with and I think that everyone had a chance to have their opinions heard and we always consulted as a group before writing everything or saying anything out loud during class. When we were told that we would need one leader to represent our group, I didn’t say much however my group decided that I was going to be it. I didn’t complain with this, I like representing my peers. Once we presented our individual groups plan, we were told that we were going to have to come up with a whole class presentation on how all five groups were related. We were given a time frame of maybe three days and we did not have another class meeting time before it was due. I freaked out on the inside but of course kept my cool on the outside.

 

If there is one thing that I have come to dislike about school, it is group projects. Not that I don’t trust my classmates, but I like being the only one in charge of my grades. It was a very challenging task to get everyone’s email and phone numbers. I think we had two or three group chats about what to do. One group chat was just the five directors and the other one was everyone in our class that wanted to have a say in the project. Us five directors decided that it would be best for us if only the directors had access to the power point. We thought that if everyone in the class had access to it there would always be someone changing something and people would be arguing about what should be where and what shouldn’t be said. We were also in contact with our other group members as we were making the presentation, making sure they knew what was going on.

           

There were some disagreements that happened within the group message for the directors. It just never really became anything major because we didn’t have enough time to even argue. We had to get it done and I think that is where democracy comes into this, not only are we working together for everyone’s grade but we have to get along in order for everyone to get a good grade. When you work within a democracy you have to be mature enough to realize that it isn’t about you, it is all about the people that are depending on you. In this case those people were my fellow classmates and peers with whom I have to go to school with for the next three years so I think it is a good thing that there were no arguments.

           

Decisions had to be made throughout all of it, not only in the big group at the end of the project but also during the first few meetings with our small group of five. We had to decide what exactly we were going to do and think through all of those options carefully and think about the potential outcome that could possibly happen with every decision and if it was worth it or not. It was stressful at times working with others and having to be patient with them, I will be honest about that but all in all I really did love this project.

           

I was nervous about how we would look while presenting this project because we didn’t have a chance to go through it together as a group. I was also nervous because I didn’t think that it would be finished on time but I just did my part and trusted that my classmates would do their part. All in all I am glad that we did this project and learned how to deal with other people when they have different opinions and how we all have a chance to have our voices heard when it matters.

Nvanvliet's picture

I was also nervous about the presentation. Somethings were added last minute and the group leaders never got the chance to actually discuss our plan for presenting until right before the presentation. All in all I think is still turned out very nicely.

zatavia11's picture

And sometimes you had to come up with ideas on the spot because you were asked a question you weren't expecting. And as a group leader, I know how hard it was to keep everyone informed  

NAlshaer's picture

Democracy is a system in which public priorities and social wellness are given the ultimate importance. In this system, citizens elect their favorite members by the voting system. The elected members are accountable for their actions before the public. These members are supposed to work for the betterment of the people whom they are representing. Similarly, nothing is hidden from people in the democratic system, and all things have to be made very clear. Despite technological progress and awareness, no real democratic system exists in the world. Even the most developed countries have not been able to execute the ideal traits of democracy.

When a democratic system fails, it severely affects all the areas of society. Different communities have to bear adverse living conditions in the absence of real democratic traits. Among these societies, women are a group that is badly impacted by the ill-minded approach of elected members and wrong government policies. Every year, millions of women are sexually harassed by different individuals or groups in a dominant male society. Gender discrimination has been severely impacting the personal and professional lives of women restricting their role in the development of their nations and imposing different constraints to limit their presence in the world.

The issue of female rights’ discrimination has made headlines in the past few years particularly in highly developed nations. However, this problem still could not get much attention in backward states where women harassment is taken very lightly. There are many cases and examples in which women were treated unfairly as compared to men in organizational structure both at the time of recruitment and promotion. Similarly, different religious and cultural restrictions also limit the role of women in their communities. Moreover, drug addiction among homeless women has also become very common. As a result, a majority of females fails to accomplish their desired goals and need ultimate assistance.

To raise this issue on the public level and encourage the harassed women to stand up for their rights,  I did a project  in the class  with my classmate  and we ware 4 students. The main aim of this venture was to bring the addicted and homeless women back to their lives by providing them the necessary facilities. For this purpose, different donors, sponsors, and fundraisers were contacted for financial assistance regarding this Nobel deed. The program was to spend the collected money on rehabilitation programs for women and making a facility where they can work along with their children and earn a good living. Similarly, a part of the money was used to make a small movie highlighting the major issues with women in contemporary societies. The outcome of this project was to provide homes, job opportunities, and respectable life to women as well as enable their children to rely on their abilities and live a respectable life.

Udotson's picture

When times get tough and a situation needs solving, uniting together as citizens can make the problem more manageable. Often, people only solve the problems that affect them or the well- being of their selves or others. Motivations for solving the problem can vary, through either personal experience or just wanting to help.  Many people don’t understand that everyone has a unique mind which contains unique ideas. When you get a group of different minds, you can solve more than you think. While solving one problem, though, it is easy to cause others in the process. Working together in groups may be beneficial, but it comes with a lot of compromises and may cause some bumps on the road to success.

In my class, each group had some things to decide. We had to pick what art institution we would be, how to solve the specific problem given, and how to spend the money that was offered to us to solve the problem. Collectively in my five-person group, we decided to be a movie theatre who would have to help solve the problem of gang activity. We had no problems coming up with how to solve it. We all agreed on playing a movie that focuses on gangs. The money given to us was just there if we ever needed it for advertising help on radio or television stations. We decided to charge ten dollars per ticket and all money made would go towards gang rescue and support programs.

Many people worry that as citizens get together to solve a problem, they won’t use good decision making. Sometimes, people, have their emotions override their judgments, and the solution that they pick is not the most efficient one. In my group, though, we didn’t have many problems. We only struggled a little bit about how to use the money that was given to us. We all had different ideas. Some wanted to use it just as extra money to give to charity, and some thought we could use it for better advertisement. As we went, though, we found out that giving it to charity would be more beneficial.

Even though my team worked together well, debate in a group is still normal. A debate can often be uncomfortable, but with all our ideas floating around its almost inevitable. Everyone in the group wants to be heard and that’s how you come up with the best decision. We debated about what movie to show, what to do with the money given to us, and how much to charge for the movie ticket. If someone wasn’t speaking up, we made it a point to ask them how they felt about the debate. What movie to show was probably the biggest one, because people were coming up with movies that they particularly enjoyed, and some people didn’t agree with it. People wanted to show the movie that they liked and we all liked different things. In the end, we all had to take some compromises and take one for the team.

Overall, my group did well making sure all voices were being heard and including everyone. We did have some debates along the way, but all of them were handled civilly and we came out with outcomes we all really liked. We only let our emotions take over our judgments when it came to what movie to show, and we compromised at the end. Working together to solve the problem at hand could be difficult at times, but we all worked together to get through all obstacles. Uniting together to solve a problem can be difficult at times due to so many different experiences and ideas. In the long run, working together as a team can solve more problems than you think and you can combat a problem stronger than ever.

 

 

 

Umorrow's picture

I think what you did with the movie was a great idea! Movies tend to grab peoples attention more than powerpoints and slides because they are able to see the problem in action. often audiences feed off characters and feel empathy for them. Its a great way for viewers to see things from other peoples perpectives. Gang violence is a very serious issue and movies can help inform people about the severity of it all. I also agree with you that it is a great idea when groups of people come together, because everyone has diffrent ideas to fix a problem. Although some of these issues may be very controversial, conversations among groups is a great way to express eachothers opinions.

Uparker's picture

I totally agree with your struggles and problems that your group had in making decisions and sharing them with the class. It is hard to get everyone to agree on one final project but I think that your idea of showing a movie that will help bring awareness to gang violence was a great idea. Gangs are very prominent in our area of Flint and can bring a lot of harm and danger to the community, especially young adults. We need to let the youth of this community know that it is NOT cool to get involved with a gang and members can help persuade you to do things you never thought you would do. 

Ualsalmi's picture

I like what you and your group did for the gang issue. And I also like your way of solving this problem which is you giveing the money that you gain from the movie`s tickets to some support programs.

N Alsadah's picture

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N Alsadah's picture

In our class, we were engaged causing and offering attention to individuals who were destitute, generally around the ones with psychological instabilities. We chose a bundle of things to fund-raise. We made a display we would appear from neighborhood craftsmen which the benefits would be put into the undertaking. After the display is done, we'd have a dark attach closeout occasion to offer the workmanship appeared. There would likewise be a perpetual gift confine the historical center. We additionally contemplated purchasing a condo working to house the destitute. It would likewise be utilized by craftsmen to make anything they needed. Volunteers would help redesign it. We'd likewise request that an analyst drop by now and again to help the destitute. Additionally, analyst assistants to work constantly. We'd likewise enable the destitute to get recovered and land positions.

moreover, starting to help with the cost of securing an attempting to redesign for the desperate. Would secure a building and select volunteers to help change the working into capability pads for vagrants to remain. With any fortunes, we could get close-by pros and transitory laborers to volunteer time and resources. It was our game plan to get these people housed and on their feet. For the all-inclusive community that experience the evil impacts of mental maladjustment, we had needed to incorporate an office inside the attempting to guarantee the occupants make the courses of action. Would have partner clinicians help to treat these people and for those that can't work.

In case we have to see an alteration in our group we ought to get included. We should all stand together to get our voices heard.

N Alsadah's picture

In our class, we were engaged causing and offering attention to individuals who were destitute, generally around the ones with psychological instabilities. We chose a bundle of things to fund-raise. We made a display we would appear from neighborhood craftsmen which the benefits would be put into the undertaking. After the display is done, we'd have a dark attach closeout occasion to offer the workmanship appeared. There would likewise be a perpetual gift confine the historical center. We additionally contemplated purchasing a condo working to house the destitute. It would likewise be utilized by craftsmen to make anything they needed. Volunteers would help redesign it. We'd likewise request that an analyst drop by now and again to help the destitute. Additionally, analyst assistants to work constantly. We'd likewise enable the destitute to get recovered and land positions.

moreover, starting to help with the cost of securing an attempting to redesign for the desperate. Would secure a building and select volunteers to help change the working into capability pads for vagrants to remain. With any fortunes, we could get close-by pros and transitory laborers to volunteer time and resources. It was our game plan to get these people housed and on their feet. For the all-inclusive community that experience the evil impacts of mental maladjustment, we had needed to incorporate an office inside the attempting to guarantee the occupants make the courses of action. Would have partner clinicians help to treat these people and for those that can't work.

In case we have to see an alteration in our group we ought to get included. We should all stand together to get our voices heard.

Xaphier's picture

      The Ecology of Democracy project was interesting experience. I have never done anything like it before and it truly was a good experience. The project helped to test how I worked under pressure and on top of that how I worked with very tough requirements. The very little time and the very small amount of money made it difficult to complete. The project also tested how well I worked in these conditions with a group of people that I didn’t know. By doing this project, I learned how to deal with situations like this and how I can improve my skills in order to better handle these situations. The biggest challenges in this project were time, allotted money, and a group that I had never worked with before.

    The amount of time that we were given to do the project was the hardest part of it all. It was very difficult to think of good, well thought-out ideas in such a small amount of time and have it be in agreeance with the rest of my group. We were given typically less than ten minutes, for each time the professor changed the rules, to fully think through our plan to help homeless women and children who have drug addictions. We were tasked with thinking out how specifically to help them, and we had to have it completed within the time limit and in agreement with our whole group. It was hard to come up with a plan this quickly and I often found my ideas conflicting with the ideas of my group. There was typically not enough time to come to an agreement or a compromise so I often had to try to come to a compromise myself or improvise about what to do. I had to do these things because I was the group director and was often the group speaker. Though by doing this, I often found myself in a poor situation because I had to fill in details on the spot that my group did not necessarily agree with.

    The second biggest challenge of the project was the allotted money that we had to work with. We were initially given $25,000 for each group, then it was cut all the way down to $5,000 per group. It was later cut down further to $5,000 total for all of the groups to share. Working with such little money to do such large tasks was very difficult, especially since all five groups had to share the money. To overcome this task, we had to come up with detailed ways on how to cut on spending and how to gain money in order to help the people that we were tasked to help. Like most groups, my group had thought of fundraisers and activities where the people that we were trying to help could run and help put on these events. We also found ways that we could cut spending and ask for the help of volunteers and sponsors to build and maintain the facilities that we planned to create for the people in need that we sought to help. These ideas that we thought of in order to help the people in need were thought out very quickly and had to be done with a very small amount of money which was very challenging. This small amount of money only built the stress of the very short time limit that we had to think through a good plan. It also did not help the tension in the small groups about deciding what we should do. It was hard to come to an agreement of what would be best to do to help the people with this miniscule amount of money.

     The third biggest challenge was working in a group with people that I had never met before. I was not sure of what they would be like or how they would work on a project like this. I was initially not sure of how to go about a project like this, and so I had just jumped right in and tried to help the best that I could. I also had tried my best to work fairly and to help include everyone as much as I could. I tried to list many ideas and possibilities in hopes that one would be in agreeance with everyone in my group. While this assignment was tough and it tested my patience and how I dealt with stress, it was also a good learning experience, and I will be able to be able to work on the things that I had struggled with.

N Alarfat's picture

In my class, we were divided into small groups we were divided into five groups each group has five students except my group we were four students in total. The professor give us several subjects most of them where more likely about humanity and how can we help in these kinds of situations. After that my group decide to work individually and then we worked together. We had a budget of $25,000 which was more than enough for what we decide to do. But later we found out that our budget change to $5000 for all the groups in my class so it will be $1000 for my group which makes me worried if we can work in our idea in this specific budget. As a group, we talk about how can we do our work in this specific budget which consider kind of low for our work. When we notice that our project needs more budget, we decide to look for responser and call big companies also look at university’s or schools that could give us their theater Looking for volunteers instead of hiring people to work. We also going to sell the tickets to collect money and we can use it for what we need in our program. After that when we finish discussion as a small group the professor ask us to choose one students in each group to present their ideas and what they decide to do as a group to the class. Which means that groups talk about what they are going to do.

In chapter 6 is all about citizens being involved or informed. From the chapter reading, it is known that the currently the American people are divided into two groups which are to be honest quite useless in terms of their productivity and assessment. The involved group of citizens is sideline with the political statements and connotations while the informed citizens are not that much motivated to act upon something or even make the wise decision. What important to note in this chapter is that author reflects on the choices of the citizens and try to justify their actions or choices in making decision to be either informed group or involved group.  the author tries to understand or develop certain comprehension regarding the citizens who are actually labeled as the involved people. From reading the chapter, it has been recorded that involved people are actually motivated to be involved in the society through certain motivation known as values. These values might be different for the every individual, but it is evident that involved citizens hold their primary motivation to these values. Values could be categorized in collective or private perspective. Collective values are the critically important interest regarding well-being and deep desires where the private perspective of values is closely linked with the Maslow’s system of security, love, self-esteem etc. It is understood that involved citizen are naturally attracted to the decision which are based upon their interests. the author states that being involved is not something that should be considered great however being involved citizen is to act together and in wise decisions as to benefit the whole society. Reflecting upon this statement, it is actually true in practice. Being involved citizen is to know what is happening around us however this awareness is nothing when involved people can’t make a difference in the society. The author wanted to state that wise decision by the involved citizens is the key to benefit the society and wise decision are made by solid judgment. Making sound and consistent judgment by the involved citizen comes with passage of time and in perspective of situation. So, involved citizens are in much more pressure than other citizens.

 

UGabriel's picture

Nobody wants to talk about Homelessness. It is sad, and most people ignore it. The same way people ignore people asking for money at stop lights, or on the side of the road. It is neglect, and we are neglecting something that shouldn’t be. It is a very serious issue, and it affects everybody as a whole. People tend to ignore things that do not directly affect them, and it is a selfish way of living, and thinking.

 

In my UNV 100 Let's Go Arts class at UofM Flint, we split up into different groups, ranging from five to seven members. We started with five thousand dollars for our project budget. It was a low amount of money, but we made it work. However, the funding went down, which led to complications. We ended up having to get the money elsewhere. We threw around ideas ranging from patrons, to posting flyers, but we ultimately came to the decision on using a GoFundMe page. Which is a website, where you can post a goal of money, and what the money is planned to be used for, and people can donate whatever they see fit.

 

The original plan, was to build a shelter. However, money was the issue, as it seemed to be with all of the other group projects. So instead, we switched to the idea of donating to an existing shelter, so that they can improve, and build upon what they have established already. A portion of the money we had given to us, was also planned to be used on a documentary. To gain content for the documentary, we planned to talk to homeless people in the area of Flint. The purpose was to find out what was going on in their life right now in their current situation, and what they would be doing in the future, if they had the opportunity to turn their life around, and get into a shelter, and eventually a home.

 

After solidifying our project plan, we had to do a collaboration with the other groups. I wasn’t a team leader, so I didn’t have much of a contribution to the overall plan, but was satisfied with how it all turned out. We talked to the other groups about our film idea, and we agreed to show our film at museums, and the other groups theatre, to raise awareness.

 

After this project, I gained a lot of sympathy for people less fortunate than I am. I was one of those people that neglected, because it didn’t affect me, and I was wrong. It is affecting someone else, so therefore I should care. I learned about communicating with other people, and collaborating my ideas, along with theirs, and compromising. In Chapter six  “Ecology of Democracy”, it taught me that things won’t change, unless others help, and I want to be one of those people. Being involved and being less self centered is better for yourself, and definitely for others that need your help.

UWagner's picture

I completely agree; many people ignore the problem of homelessness. There are many reasons for people behaving this way but I believe that the main problem is people's misunderstanding of the homeless. I think some people are unempathetic towards the homeless because they think that their homelessness is a direct result of something they did wrong, which is not always true. Most people also are not aware that homelessness is not simply cured by getting a job. These misunderstandings often create the stereotype that homeless people are lazy because they won't get a job. No problem is ever this simple to solve; however, getting a job is a step in the right direction. Also, I would like to note that some people believe that homeless people are untrustworthy because of whatever they did to end up without a home; as result, this decreases the likelihood of people giving money to them. I think a good first step to helping solve this problem would be to raise awareness in the community and inform them of the truth.

Nalhisan's picture

I like your orgnized comment and I would like to add that after this project it changed the way I look at homeless now and I really want to do somthing about it.

UWagner's picture

My group was assigned the problem of domestic violence for our art museum. Our process began with brainstorming ideas to help the victims of this violence and raise awareness of this problem; all group members contributed, synthesizing our ideas into the following plan. We intended to raise funds through donations from local businesses in our community and promote awareness of our program through flyers around the community. The program had multiple parts. First, we would create a domestic violence support group which creates an emotional outlet for the victims through their art. Then, we would take the art and host a showcase night at our art institution; that night would be staffed by members of the support group. Along with this, we would also create a daycare that is accessible to the victims and hire those that would like to be employed at our institution. Our projected outcome from this program is to provide those affected by domestic violence a safe zone and an emotional relief  (the support group), as well as potential jobs so they can increase their ability to escape their situation. Also, the funds from tickets and pieces sold at the showcase night would be used to maintain the support group as well as go towards building another shelter for those suffering from domestic violence. Finally, we hope to increase the community’s awareness of this problem and gain greater support from it.

For this project, we were required to read chapter six from the book, The Ecology of Democracy, which was very insightful. It described the primary reason why people do and do not become involved in their communities. Most of the time, people only become involved if it helps themselves and/or the problem has personally affected them. Because of this, there are many people that could be contributing to the wellness of our entire community, but they are not doing so. Even a few people helping can make a difference: that is precisely what this entire project taught me. With only six people in my group, we were able to develop an entire program to solve a problem in our community. Our goals were united, so we were able to work well together despite our vast differences. If members of our community realize that they can make a difference, then it is likely that more will involve themselves.

Overall, I really enjoyed this project. From my own school experience, it has been very uncommon to have to creatively problem solve in a small group; I honestly have not participated in one of this type before, but I found it interesting and challenging. The main reason for it being so is because the problems that we had to solve were actual serious problems in our community. To me, it felt like we were truly doing something productive to society rather than school work to get a grade. We actually learned and developed important skills for our futures. This is the type of work that should be done in schools.

UJohnson's picture

I definitely agree with you about your overall feeling after completing this project. For me, this was also my first time creatively solving a problem as a group in the classroom. Too often it seems we are told to pick one of the multiple choices on a some random test and do not get to apply the learn knowlege to the "real world". It was nice to get to build on past ideals and experiences to solve a issue currently impacting the community. Lastly, I liked your groups idea of using ticket proceeds towards building a shelter for victems of domestic violence. This seems like a good investment of the funds gained from the show. 

Ualsalmi's picture

I agree with you too. This is the first time for me solving such these problems and I feel powerful in doing that.

Ualsalmi's picture

I agree with you too. This is the first time for me solving such these problems and I feel powerful in doing that.

abbas alnasser's picture

Me too I agree with you when you solving problem you feel powerful and what make it great that we do it in group. I get many different ideas from group that I work with and I start to think in different way.

abbas alnasser's picture

Me too I agree with you when you solving problem you feel powerful and what make it great that we do it in group. I get many different ideas from group that I work with and I start to think in different way.

abbas alnasser's picture

Me too I agree with you when you solving problem you feel powerful and what make it great that we do it in group. I get many different ideas from group that I work with and I start to think in different way.

Uduarte's picture

I really enjoyed reading your post. I wish there was an actual program that helped domestic violence with some sort of art.

Uduarte's picture

I really enjoyed reading your post. I wonder if there are places that help people who have suffered with domestic violence with art. i think that would be a very good idea.

UDerry's picture

In UNV class, our assignment was to think of a type of group that could fix the problem we were given and in my case, the problem was teen pregnancy and my group chose a community theatre company to try and help the issue. We were originally offered $20,000 from the "mayor" to spread awarness about an issue that has started to become more and more of a problem in our town. This project was a way to show all of us how to get involved in our community even if we may not face the issue directly, we are affected by the issue in some way. In chapter 6 of "The Ecology of Democracy" it talked about how the lab results show that we as humans value our freedom and our safety. This shows how people have a sense of security to know what is going on in the world and how their lives are going to be affected by it, this is just part of our human nature. 

With the $20,000 that our community theatre group was offered to spread awareness about teen pregnancy in any way that we may see fit. Our group felt that this was a sunstantial amount of money and we did not need all of the money needed since our original plan was to go to school around the area, middle schools and high school, and have our presentation fit to the age level of the students. We had planned out everything: the problem, the process, the program, and the projected outcome. Everything we had planned out was under our budget of $20,000. Our plan for the presentation was to have a skit aged appropriately for the schools and the grade levels, and then after the skit we would have a talk with the students and allow them to ask questions if they had any. Or further go into detail on the topics that weren't explained well during the skits. The outcome of this was to help teens become more kowledgeable about teen pregnancy and the risks involved and to help any teens who this might already affected, to cope with anything they are dealing. 

After we had everything figured out we were then told that our budget was lowered from $20,000 to $5,000. This new budget was still a lot for our group since we do not need that much money in order to put these skits together, we only truly needed the money for transportation. However, we were then told that the mayor no longer could support all of our groups and we had to combine all 8 groups into 1 group and share the $5,000 to present our problems. At the end, it was decided that all of the groups were going to work together in creating a film that would talk about every issue individually throughout the city. This project shown us a way how to deal with an issue that real life people face daily, and what an outcome could be if more people were to get involved in it.

UWagner's picture

Teen pregnancy seems to be the type of problem that people try to ignore and don't want to talk about. I think that this is due to common misperceptions that they have towards those affected by it as well as conflicting solutions for this problem. Although there are many different approaches, I think that your group was wise in focusing on making the community aware of this entire problem rather than simply one part of it. Community awareness is one of the most important steps to helping solve this type of problem, even if not everyone agrees on a specific solution. 

UGaulin's picture

The problem of Teen Pregnancy is very complex and seems to be growing in our society. Schools, starting in middle school up until high school, should definitely start talking about this issue with the students. Teenages do not always consider what affects their actions will have on their futures and pregnancy especially can obviously affect their lives forever. An important problem with teen pregnancy is that many times this can prevent the mother/father/parents from being able to graduate school and get stable jobs to provide for thier families which is so sad because they may have had big dreams for their futures that they are now unable to accomplish.