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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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UMWright's picture

Our group was given the problem “Domestic Abuse”. We had to come up with an process, program, and a projected outcome based upon the problem at hand. Our group didn’t quite know how to start this project as a theater company, which is the form of art organization we picked before we were told the problem. We instantly knew that we had to start with the problem being domestic abuse. We had to narrow the problem down to being only about domestic abuse on children or our future ideas wouldn’t quite work as well. The original problem we were given was about domestic abuse as a whole and we were unable to think of any solutions or ideas that would be helpful unless we narrowed down the topic and made it less broad.

 

The next step we had to consider as a group would be to come up with a process/program that would help kids of domestic abuse. Our very first idea as a theater company would be to put on plays, but this idea soon fell through because we wanted a better approach. The idea we settled on was to put on an assembly for students throughout the schools in the local area of Flint. The assembly needed needed to address the problems of domestic abuse critically, we had to make sure children understood the signs and the overall issue. We decided to have the assembly broken up into three parts. The first part of the assembly being a skit, which would be put on my highschool students which would get the community involved in the issue. The second and third part of the assembly we decided to have speakers specialized in domestic abuse and volunteers to come up and speak about the issue.

 

After we decided on the assembly, we knew that we needed to come up with another idea for our program in order to do more good for the issue at hand. The idea of a donation system was brought up and I quite liked the idea, but I feel as if it could have been implemented better. The donation system idea we decided on is that we would be set up at local stores in the area and people could pay for pamphlets about domestic abuse. The pamphlets would have general information about domestic abuse and how to spot it and help victims  Part of the money from the donation would go toward educating teachers and staff members about domestic abuse. Something that could’ve changed would be to provide the pamphlet free of charge, but then allow those who want to donate to do so without having to pay for the information we are trying to get out to the public.

 

The projected outcome of our program  and process is that we believe that we can make the community more educated and aware of domestic abuse as a whole and not only in children. We also believed that more children and adults would be more comfortable with seeking help after our program was put into place. The only issues we faced regarding the projected outcome is that we didn’t know how to involve parents into domestic abuse. We knew that if parents were the cause of the entire issue, they wouldn’t want their kids going to an assembly which educates the child about how to seek out help. We never were able to pinpoint how to get past this barrier, but by word of mouth and the child’s will to get help is a starting point.

 

Our group learned within a few minutes what each of our strengths were and we used them to the best of our advantage in order to come up with a possible solution to the problem of domestic abuse in children. I learned about myself that I’m better at listening to my groups ideas and building new ideas from said ideas. I believe that with more wiggle room, in regards to time and the money constraint, we would’ve been able to come up with a much better course of action relating to domestic abuse in children.

 

Overall, there were a few issues along the way regarding the parents domestically abused children, but we were able to get past the majority of said issues by hoping that the child would hear about about domestic abuse by word of mouth through our program. Our group was successful in completing a thought-out program and cooperating with each other in hopes of spreading awareness of domestic abuse and domestic abuse in children.

MMMadar's picture

I liked how your group thought to involve the community in your program. It is an out of the box idea and would greatly help impact the community because the community is invested in the program. I also liked how your group came up with a donation system which would allow people who wanted to help but did not have the time to help contribute to the cause. Overall I think that your group would have made a great impact if this was put into action.

UMZaremba2's picture

            The problem that my group, which was a theater company, was given to tackle was the issue of domestic abuse. We were told to create a program that would help those in the community that were dealing with domestic abuse and to help stop those who were inflicting domestic abuse. My group and I began the process by spending a lot of time brainstorming on what we could do. We all had ideas of what we wanted to do, but we struggled to find a way to incorporate all of the ideas together. We first had the idea of putting on a play to educate those about domestic violence. Then we came up with the idea of have an event that would basically educate those in the community about domestic abuse and how to spot the signs. We however, felt that this would not bring in the individuals we were wanting to target and educate. We felt like those experiencing abuse or those who are the abusers would most likely not attend these events and those were the ones we wanted to reach first. So, we then came up with the idea of rather than focusing on everyone, we should instead focus on those who suffer the most from domestic abuse and who don’t always know how to speak out, children. So, we began to brainstorm ideas that would mainly focus on helping and educating kids. We came up with our final idea of an assembly put on at each of the schools in the community that would last about 10 weeks. The assembly would consist of 3 main parts. The first part would be a skit that would be put on by volunteers/ high school students that would help present the idea of domestic abuse and what it is. The second part would be a guest speaker who specializes on domestic abuse would speak about how to spot domestic abuse and to know the signs. The final part would be volunteers who have experienced and escaped domestic abuse coming up and speaking about their personal experience and what advice they would gives to those going through it. We also decided, due to lack of funds, that we would put up a donation system at local shops and stores in our area that would help support this program. This would hopefully provide us with enough funds to help us create this program. Our projected outcome for this program is that it would help educate the community to understand all the aspects of abuse, help individuals to know the signs, and help them know what action to take if they see domestic abuse or signs of it. We would also hope that this would make not only children but also adults more comfortable reaching out for help if they are dealing with domestic abuse. Overall, I think our program, were it actually implemented in the community, would be successful in helping educate those in the community on domestic abuse and hopefully it would help the community move towards some positive change. One of my first takeaways from this project is the importance of making sure everyone in the group is being heard and listened to. Some members in our group were a little timider that others when it came to sharing their ideas in the group, but when the group worked together to make sure everyone shared their ideas we were able to get some really good options that we might not have had before. This also helped make everyone in the group feel more comfortable together and made it easier for us to work as a team rather than a group of individuals working independently. Another takeaway I got from this is that you won’t create a perfect plan in just one meeting. Although we came up with some pretty good ideas in the first group meeting, we still needed more time to organize and analysis all of our options. By having multiple group meetings, we were able to come up with more options, find the issues and correct them, and overall just make our program better. One of the last things I think I’ll take from this project is that no plan is ever perfect but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying. Even though we have created this program and really feel like it could help the community, there is still no guarantee that it will make as grand of an impact as we hope it to. There will always be things that are out of our control or some things that we have no power over. But, I feel that putting something out there and actually trying to create change is much better than sitting by and watching nothing change at all. The only way to improve ourselves is to actively try to make change, we can’t just wait for it to come to us. So, It’s worth it to try a program or idea, even if its imperfect because it may help move a community in the right direction.  

MMyambrick's picture

              In our individual groups there were a few things that I found important that I learned. Some of these things consist of how people view the world in general and other things were more specific. For example when our group, helping abused children, tried to find sponsors, there were two different takes I saw our group shift to. On one side of our group we had two people who brought up the idea of celebrity sponsorships and on the other side of the group we had people who took more of a political view, and they wanted to get politician sponsors. This side of the group also wanted to find more groups who were doing similar products like we were in order to help fund one another. Another thing that I learned during this experience was that some people in our group will not put in any effort at all to help solve the issue. It began to feel like we were pulling teeth in order to get an opinion from them.

    Problems in the group that we faced were very minimal. The only big problem that I saw occuring was that, either someone would give way too many ideas at once, or someone wouldn't give any kind of input at all unless we sat there for about five minutes waiting for a response. In order to overcome these delays in what we were trying to accomplish, we would bring ideas up to the people that were not talking much and see if they had any ways to change it. This eventually worked and we got the other members to start helping.

    In this group we were given the problem that started with children coming into schools with bruises as though they were being abused by someone. I goal was to help these children so that they stopped getting abused and so that the word about child abuse could get spread among the community. The process that we used was rather simple. When it came to money we asked for celebrity sponsorships, political sponsorships, and shout outs from the local news station in order for people to learn about our cause. This made it so that the community would recognize who we are and possibly send in donations. Another process we needed to keep in mind was volunteers. We got our volunteers from the school where our production will be help (I will get into that shortly). Other volunteers were also welcome if we were ever to be contacted by them.

Our programs involved sending out flyers qand permission slips to students at the school where abuse was occurring. On their permission slip it would read something along the lines of, “ there will be a fun night held (during some friday night) where children are invited to learn about home safety by watching a local theatre group perform a production where children learn about the issues of home safety. Adults are welcome to join this even or there will be a concert held and an open gym nearby.” The concert and the open gym are on the list in order to filter the parents out. This will stop some of the abusive parents from going to the play with their child, see the play, and pull their children out.Then obviously there will be a spot where the parent or guardian can sign this permission slip and turn it back in, in a few days. There will also be counselors held at this event if a child feels comfortable enough after the event to tell the counselors what is going on in their home life.

    Our final and projected outcomes will be that these children who are being abused will get the help they need from a trusted adult that won't hurt them. If they do get this help we will hope that the children will start to live a life in which they aren't abused. Also, even if these all of the children do not stop getting abuse, which we hope they will, we also hope that the word will get spread to other children that there is never an excuse to harm someone.

UMharris's picture

Ecology of democracy: Abandoned and blight Homes of Flint

My groups problem was the abandoned and blight homes throughout Flint, Mi. The issue is that they are bringing a negative image to the surrounding community from visitors and current residents. Our processes include several steps. No program can progress without planning. With that being said our first process was a meeting within our theater organization to discuss plans to fix the homes. Our next process included our plan as an organization to contribute to the cause. We plan to host weekly performances on Sundays to raise money towards the repairs for the houses. Our next process dealt with the money and supplies to do the repairs. We planned to gain donations, sponsorships, to help supplements the grant given by the city. Finally, we dealt with the workers for the program. We plan to gain volunteers from throughout the community. We will spread the word through churches, schools, community centers, etc. and hope to draw interest towards our cause. Our overall projected outcome is to help our community’s neighborhoods to become a cleaner and visual pleasing place for the citizens. With this improvement to the homes the citizens of flint will feel more confident and comfortable about the city they reside in. It will not only improve the property value but will bring a new look of beauty back to the community.

Throughout this assignment I learned just how difficult it is to organize a successful community project. The problems seem to come at every angle. I learned that there isn’t going to be a flawless plan but you can take steps to try and prevent obstacles. Problems within the assignment varied from start to now. I would say the most important problem was budget. The budget was cut I believe twice. We started with a nice amount to pay the actors and were left with enough to buy just paint. Another problem was the volunteers. In order for our program to work we need volunteers to help work on the houses. Getting the word out is our main focus apart the budget. Finally, our last issue was the supplies for the repairs to the houses. This goes hand in hand with our budget issue. Even with the initial budget we wouldn’t have had enough to stretch it to supply tools, wood, paint, etc.

There were several possible solutions to our problems. For our budget issue we have opened a donation webpage and box to the community. We hope to keep the funds moving with the donations given. For our volunteer issue we plan to spread the word through churches, schools, local news stations, cafes, and local community centers. Here we plan to help spread the word to community members willing to better the image of their community. We intent to create flyers and post them throughout the community. Finally, our organization hope to partner with local companies for supplies. Just to name a few Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, an ace hardware. We hope to receive a donation or even a sponsorship to help with the cost of supplies.

In conclusion our problem was based on the blight homes in flint. Many obstacles came along the way but there are steps in place in our program to try and work around them. The issues included volunteers, money and supplies. Developing and working around these problems are essential to the process of development and a successful program.

UMTigner's picture

Within my group, we were assigned the issue of domestic violence within our community. Domestic violence is a very complex issue that requires a lot of attention. It is not an issue that can be taken lightly, and it is most certainly not an easy issue to address. Specifically, we were to address domestic violence that directly affects children. Thus, this made our issue a bit more complex. Each member within the group had to collaborate efficiently to help navigate a program that could potentially help address and even solve this issue.

        The process for coming up with a program to address the issue of children dealing with domestic abuse was a little tricky. Because children are often not the cause of such abuse and they are so young, they really do not have an understanding as to why this event is happening and or how to go about getting help. We had the idea in mind to try to educate teachers and people within the community on how know the warning signs and how to help children in the situation of domestic abuse. From this, myself and my group decided to create a program that would be able to reach not only children, but adults that deal with children on a daily basis. From this, we felt that going into schools would be the best option for us to reach our intended audience.

        The program we created wasquite simple, but we wanted it to be impactful to young students and educators alike. For ten weeks, our group created a program that would go into schools around our community and put on assemblies that specifically address domestic abuse. This program would then be broken down into three parts. We intended to put on an age appropriate skit that will present the problem of domestic abuse to students. We were looking to integrate high school theatre students in hopes to bring about more community involvement. Also, there will be a speaker who specializes in domestic abuse support that will come in and talk about how to go about getting help and explain that it is okay to talk about the issue and seek help. Alongside the speaker, we wanted to bring in volunteers that have dealt with abuse themselves to speak about their experience and how they were able to get help. Our third and final part of this program includes that of a donation system to help go toward the cause and to support other organizations that specialize in this type of issue. With this, we intend to go out within the community for donations; this will also help bring about more community awareness to the issue itself. Also, with these funds, we can help educate teachers and staff members within school districts on signs of abuse and how to go about addressing it.

        Of course, there will always be potential problems with the program. Our biggest problem with our program was the parents. Specifically, the parents that are doing the abusing within their homes. You obviously cannot personally attack the parents about the issue because this could potentially escalate the problem. As awful as it sounds, if parents are already doing these things to their children then odds are there are not too many ways they will stop. This is why our group has the sole intention on making children feel more comfortable with seeking help and educating teachers on how to help children in these unfortunate situations. If we are able to help children and teachers understand that there is hope and proper help out there, then major change can be integrated within homes.

        With this program, we have positive projected outcomes. This program has the potential to educate the community and bring about more awareness of domestic abuse and just how important it is. I think a lot of people are afraid to notice the issue because they feel that it is not their business, or they feel that there is no way for them to help. But, this issue needs to be addressed and people do need to be aware of it. It is a major issue that so many people fail to understand. Additionally, the program will make children and even adults more comfortable with seeking help with this issue. After seeing and hearing real people tell their stories about domestic abuse, we hope that this will make those struggling open up and not feel so alone and afraid of reaching out.

        This project was definitely unlike any project that I have ever completed before. It really made both myself and my group members think on our feet and it pushed us to think outside of the box. This obviously was not something we would think of overnight. We had several problems trying to think of ways to address such a big issue. However, as we progressed and collaborated we were able to transform our ideas into a program that we thought would be the best in going about addressing such a major issue.

MMJohnson2's picture

            In our groups we were assigned a topic that we would have to figure out what and how do we fix out selected problem. We would have to come together and create ideas as a theater group trying to make a different to our community. We had a certain set amount that our “mayor” gave us to use to our will in order to get the ball rolling. So, with 5,000 dollars on our side and great minds to come together we were able to come up with some amazing ideas to fix this problem in our community. With dealing with the problem, process and program, projected outcome, and putting it all together with the other groups to create a better community we were able to get some good results despise the different problems and point of views of other people in their respective groups.

            First thing we had to start off with addressing then problem at hand. We had to find a way to deal with young children and how to keep them from getting into gang related activities around their neighborhood. This problem usually comes from when kids don’t have a way to use or how to use their extra energy and use it for good. They use these gangs to make a status for their selves and fell protect in a group that has older people in that they see carting weapons and trying to look cool. We need to find a way to get these kids that have great potential and make something that they can learn from.

            Then this is where we come in. we are trying to create a place where we can have children can use their emotions to create whole entire plays and show case their talents on stages to friends and family and make a name for their selves through the safe way. Out budget is 5,000 dollars but that doesn’t have to be out limit. We can have fundraisers to have a place where we can train these children and make them stage ready. A nice community center that they will be able to be safe at and spend their after-school time learning new techniques for the stage. Since we have the same goals we are trying to work with the Flint Youth Theater who are specialist dealing with kids versus a small group of theater lovers trying to make a difference. So, we continued to come up with that we can reach children in multiple locations. We talked that we would go to schools and ask to use their auditorium in exchange of in school lesson to the children. Another way we would get attention would be to do pop up theater would get children to be intrigued and find out that one day they will be able to create these stages and preform for the younger children after them. After their weeks of classes, the children will be on the stage and invite people who will be able to donate to fund more costumes and more lessons during the summer time and to provide transportation to the families who need it. So, a lot of steps we need to take to before we can help children, but with a lot of dedication we could turn this community into a safer one.

            We taken a lot of step to see where out preferred outcome would be and what would be our outcome. Would want to finally be able to get attention on the news to spread information about our organization. We would be able to get people from a higher status to come support us and that would lead to even greater things so that we would not only be able to get help to the kids on out community we would be able to help children all over the world and show them the way and the art of theater that we have all grown to love and care about so much. We would be able to start off with only having 5,000 dollars to gaining more through sponsors who also want to show love and support to the children of our world and to make our city be known for greater things then their crime related activities that takes place in our city.

            Finally, after finishing out our final thoughts in our groups, we were done with our group project, but we were thrown one more quest to fulfill. We had to combine each group together and make one big giant group to solve all the problems in our community. Also, all of us had out budget cut in half to 2,500 dollars. I have been able to see these groups work together and create some amazing stuff but with over 30 students involved, each with their own way ideas I was thinking would everyone’s idea come across. We had one representatives to get their group ideas out there and that seemed well since we didn’t need a whole class of people talking over each other and making everything frustrating. Come to find out we all had similar ideas and we could combine them to one huge summer festival to spread all of the awareness of each problem. The issues were abused children, racism, blight, youths on gangs, homelessness, and battered woman. We all wanted to help and figured out this is something achievable. We would find a park that would be a decent size to hold people, get people who are willing to volunteer like local high school students who need the hours etc. the first day went amazing and there were ideas all-around and I loved every second of it. I got to hear from people that don’t usually talk and made very valid points that helped in the long run. When I had an idea that I didn’t say out loud there were several other people who thought the same idea. By the second day there was the same energy, but we ran into more issues that caused conflict. As I looked around I saw that some people were becoming frustrated. But more towards the end once again we came to a conclusion that we all could work with around each person’s issue and our budget amount.

MMsmith's picture

You make a ton of good points here. I like how your group was going to use the children's imaginations to fuel your performances. In addition to raising money, it also shows the kids that their ideas are worth something. That's an important factor when working with the downtrodden, especially children. They need to be able to come to the conclusion that they are worth more than they get told, and having them design their own plays is a great way to go about that. I also love your optimism when it comes to your projected outcome. It's awesome to be able to set your sights so high and dream about having a much better city in which to live 

I'm glad that once we formed the large group you were able to see the positives of it all. I was one of the few that were frustrated by the second day, but my frustration mainly stemmed from the time pressure put on us and less on the problems we were facing. It seemed to me like if we had more time to put into the project, we may have actually been able to put on the event, but the fact that we were unknowingly thrust into it and were given maybe a total of 45 minutes between the few days made me very frustrated. So, I'm glad that you were able to maintain a level head about it all and take away from it the experience we were supposed to have.

MMAlmubarak's picture

I am in Group five in this project. We are only four members including me. 3 Saudis students and one American student. This is alone being difficult for us due to the lack of the global diversity in the group. There has not moderation in the students’ citizenship. In my point of view, we were in need of more American students because USA is their country, not ours.

      Furthermore, this project requires knowledge of all the information that mentioned to solve the problem and to conclude process, program, and projected outcome. They know everything about Flint city or Michigan State, such as important places and its names, the departments located in the specific areas. Also, they know the population and how to deal with each other. If they would encounter a problem, they had known where to go and who to ask.

      Moreover. We encountered some difficulties because we as foreigner English not our native language. There are always new things about the culture that we do not know yet, and new vocabularies as well. For these reasons, occasionally, we face complications in understanding, discussion, and delivery of ideas.

     Normally, if the person did not understand something, he or she will ask until understanding. This what I have done when I do not understand something about American culture or English vocabulary. But sometimes I feel that I bother my classmates with a lot of asking. In every lecture, there must be something that I do not know or do not understand. It is frustrating to need clarification every time.

     Another big issue that I face in every situation is shyness. I am trying to break this wall between me and people. It difficult for me to start a conversation. Even to talk in front of a small or a big class. When I get used to my classmates I was able to talk in front of them all.  For sure I will be nervous but the most important thing that I broke the ice, faced my shyness and did not be a loser to myself.

     Once I had a great idea for our project, but the language was against me. I did not know what is the right words that describe my idea. “Building companies” this was what I have said to my parents in the group. What I was mean Is “real estate companies for construction”. This idea came up to my mind because Urban Blight is our problem.

     Our problem is Urban Blight; there are many buildings in Flint that are abandoned, broken, and unfit for use or passing by. So, we figured the process which we will be our step to bring community awareness. This can be achieved through the local news channel, newspapers, journals, and social media. Also, we will ask schools, humanity organization like Mott Foundation, churches, Human Resources, GeneseeCounty Habitat for Humanity, Home Depot, and Lowe’s home improvement to help us and donate money because we have limited money. Those will help us with funding, advertising, fixing, rebuilding these blights. In addition, we will offer free tickets for our program then we will not worry about people if they will come or not; defiantly there will be many attendees; everyone like free things!

     We decided for our program to make a play where a kid going back from school to home. The kid will be walking beside an abandoned building and it will fall down on the kid. Moreover, we will be offering the school to participate in the play. So, any kid interested in acting and has talent will join us. Basically, each school will have their own play.

     The projected outcome will be fixing the abandoned buildings with the donated money and with the organizations that we asked to help us. Also, we will spread awareness with the play. People will be realized more about the city problem. It will be an opportunity for the school student and Flint population to become involved in the community health. In addition to that, it will be a better public opinion and customer possibilities to sponsoring companies and politicians who become involved. Another thing is improving environmental and community upkeep and health. Finally, giving students from various school opportunity for theatre acting experience. 

All in all, our community needs us to improve it and make it better for the next generations. Everyone can do something for the society. It just an amazing feeling to constricting in developing the world. Finally, my massage for each person is, do not give up in your community. Do not stand idly by. Do whatever in your abilities. Make a change in the world and be the cause of that change

MMaltalaliwah's picture

What we learned from our project featuring children is the abuse they go through in the hands of their guardians and parents as many of them had bruises. The problem we faced in this task was that the children were less willing to share with us their ordeal out of the fear of further abuse from their parents and guardians. To counter this, we assured them that nothing like that would happen since we would protect them from thence. It was clear that this problem of child abuse needed attention and we thus created a program to address it.
Our project of fighting against child abuse started with a process of having the children sleep at school. We first identified children who had suffered the most abuse. To convince their parents and guardians into allowing them to spend the night in school, we told them that we had plays to perform and that the performances would run late into the night. We ensured we had their approval by having them sign permission chits for their respective children. For the better part of the night, we told the children about guidance counseling and how it could benefit them. We also enlightened them about the use of cops to report child abuse if and when they experience and/or witness it. We then laid out a program in which teachers would offer extra credit to children so as to instill hope in them and make them forget the child abuse ordeal. The program would also offer child abuse lessons to children. In the lessons, ideas about how to approach the guidance counselor would be taught.
The projected outcomes of the above-described program are that the children will be able to report child abuse accordingly and seek appropriate help from the guidance counselor if and when necessary. Hopefully, this will help in reducing child abuse cases and its effects on child development. Most importantly, we hope children will get help whenever they need it.                     
 

MMalyami's picture

The 4 P’s model is a combination of ingredients necessary to market and promote a particular brand or product as coined by Neil Borden. They are product, price, promotion and place. The importance of this model is that it is able to point out the unique aspects of an individual as a brand or any product to help in promotion. Under product, one has to clearly understand what they offer or the knowledge they possess. For pricing, one has to determine the profit margins desired based on the value of the product. Promotion explores the different routes or agencies that can be used to make the brand known to the target market. Finally, the place means the right location to deliver the personal brand.

I learnt that the four P’s model is very useful in navigating activities within the individual groups. They guided me in interacting with others and marketing my ideas in the group. They helped me understand my product, or the ideas that I have so that I can know how to present them. Secondly, the model helped in understanding my group members to know how to phrase my ideas. My major problem in the individual group work was creating value for the ideas that I had. It was difficult to convince group members of the importance of any idea that I had, and why we should pick my idea and drop another. I overcame this obstacle by observing my colleagues in the groups to understand how they placed value on their ideas. I used the process of negotiation to ensure that my ideas sailed through in the individual group discussions. The exercise was an eye-opener on how I can use the four P’s model to market myself in the future.

MMsmith's picture

Working with the entire class in this Ecology of Democracy project has been a process that I did not expect to be undertaking, nor was it one that I really wanted to be doing in the first place. I’ve never worked well in large groups, especially when I have to express my opinions in front of said groups, so this project has been an experience to say the least. The business in the smaller groups was simpler and easier to understand and was more enjoyable, but because our group had members added after we did icebreakers, we spent a good amount of time filling in details about our topic, Battered Women, and figuring out how we all solved issues. I think the later was the most difficult about working in the smaller groups. Because the group and problem was more focused, we really had to know what each person stood for and how we all ticked in order to give everyone their moment to speak and contribute. Thankfully, partially because of our outgoing leader and director, and partially because of some tough discussions, we were able to sort ourselves out and get down to business fairly quickly.

Other than the obvious interpersonal problems that many group projects fight against, and more specifically focused on our issue we were given to solve, the most difficult part was figuring out how we were going to get women involved in our project. The inclusion of the type of women we were informing about was one of the best suggestions we had, but we were constantly being drawn back to how we were going to get them involved. Our solution to this was to ask to hold our rehearsals and performances in a church building that already had pre-existing security and child care rooms in order to give women an safe haven while working. Of course, we had just settled on this and finalized our process and projected outcome when we were suddenly forced to completely up end all of our plans and thus ruined almost a half of semesters work and caused to realize that our ideas (which were actually pretty good) would never get told, but I guess that’s how it is in the cruel armpit of the theater world.

As for the 4 P’s, I feel like they should be renamed the 3 P’s, because our group could never distinguish between Program and Process, because our Process basically was our Program and vice versa. We were planning on doing 4 shows a year with plays that were informing on the cause and/or signs of women that had been battered and beaten. One in particular that we had found was a performance piece done in a guerilla warfare zone involving women whose lives were literally broken and bombed. Each women told their story with others acting it out behind them, which served a duel purpose of helping those women come to terms with their livelihood and educate the public about what they were going through as well. Our wonderful director had figured out the general cost of our performances and the proceeds that we could possibly generate from such an endeavor, and our end result had us donating a substantial amount to the YWCA. So basically, our process and program were one and the same, but maybe I just didn’t get what the difference was supposed to be in the first place.

Now, remarking upon my personal experience, my only frustrations really stemmed from the time pressure that was placed on a group that didn’t know each other and who didn’t always show up. Because of absences, we had to take valuable time in class to inform them of the ground we had covered previously because of lack of cellular responses. This caused our already limited (and often very pressured) time to dwindle on because the it was insisted upon that we all know what was going on at all times. Because of these experiences, I have learned two very important things about myself. I’m never going to go into theater or politics. There’s too many pushy people for me to function with a sane and a clear mind. Not the professions for me.

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Throughout this process with my group along with others I found it to be somewhat difficult especially when the groups became collided it seemed that some people had a hard time finding their place such as myself. It was a tremendous change, coming from a smaller group with assigned people and members that know exactly what they were talking about. It is much easier trying to find your voice in smaller settings, rather than a large group were people will either pretend that you are invisible or will talk  over you at once, of course everyone had their thoughts and ideas regarding how to get the information out, where and when which seemed to cause frustration when ones viewpoints were either disregarded by being overseen, and overheard.

          After arguing for hours at it time. it seemed. I noticed progression after the “governor” led everyone in the right direction to getting our group to collectively think outside the box and see a bigger picture than the one we’ve previously painted and clashed on from time to time.  Most of the “leaders” gave everyone a chance to speak for themselves instead of being spoken for, they took the time to gain control of the classroom and shift the conversation easily which led into a smooth transition since we all knew that there were things to be done before our deadline.

 It was asked what I learn and to me I didn’t learn anything different. I’ve been in all types of groups with different types of people and some I just had to learn and accept have strong voices and opinions about the things that they are passionate about.  Also, everyone including myself must find their voice in certain situations rather people disagree or agree. No question or answer is dumb or unheard of.  Though we have various opinions we overcame whatever issue that was brought up even when one(s) viewpoints turned into debates during numerous occasions. 

The process I, along with others decided to use within the group was to devise a plan and devise it thoroughly without getting offending people with words. That is something I learned in this class that you cannot control. I’ve had my fair share of disagreements within my smaller group regarding racism but calming myself and thinking rational helped. Of course, some students whom cannot fit in the shoe of others especially when their circumstances are very different may find this to be difficult.

 Being patient and bracing yourself in all group situations would have to be the number one thing to do. We are all still young, with little knowledge of ourselves and the world so all I feel we can do is learn how to work cohesively.

The projected and program outcomes I, along with others hope to have is success. Enough success to keep putting on shows, having the community involved with hopes of showcasing talent and problems within our society. In so, we will do this with the help from teammates and other individuals.

In conclusion, I have hope that our show can make a difference in one’s everyday life. I don’t feel racism will stop overnight and it still has not in 2018 but I do feel it could benefit other kids who may be a victim or the bully themselves. None of our issues with blight, battered women, homelessness, just to name a few will not dismiss quickly but with hopes of the success this could create change. Change we all need.

Tane'Jiona

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Aqilah Alsaqer

UNV100

March,26,2018

 

Ecology of Democracy

Having an art class is something like to gratify yourself. I am in the half way there to finish this semester and basically I have found that being in an art class makes me love to go to my classes. We have a lot of fun in this class, it does not seem like other classes. We watch lots of videos in this class and discuss every things which we have watched in class. In this class sometimes we have to work as a group. Working as a group sometimes is hard, every member in the group has to share ideas. Sometimes I feel like every thing is hard for me to say because the first language that I speak is Arabic nit English. But I always do my best. Two weeks ago my group and I  have discussed a problem in Ecology of Democracy. We faced a problems with a member in our group; because sometimes the member does not share the ideas with us. Our professor told us we have to work us a group and every one has to share the ideas . Also we had to share our ideas in front of our classmates and we did. And there were a few specific things we have to discus them. And I will explain them.

 

            First of all, we choose a common a problem in our community. And the problem is violence in school system. When my group talked about this problem I was thinking about studying in my country. Since I was 9 years old I have had lots of problems in school and I used to hate going to school. Every teacher has her own way to punish students. Also, I heard lots of bad words from our teachers in school. And that makes me hate to go to school. Every one in this world does not need other person treat him in a bad way. And nowadays we have a violence in schools. This violence would destroy our kids in school and it could  makes them a bad generation in this world. We have a lot of problem which we should fix them to have a good generation after us.

 

            Second, we had chosen a process for our problem. And the process is we are going to involve parents. We thought about give a speech in school in front of parents to raise awareness. Sometimes parents think that they are true all the time and the kids always do the wrong things. So, if the kids have violence in school and have a parents always say to them “ you are doing the wrong thing” So, they would hate their life, and they would gaining video games. If you have children you have to share every thing with them. Children love to learn every thing from their parents. Also, children likes to whatever their parents do. So if you need your child be a good, do the good things in front of him; because he/ she will does the same things which you do.

 

            Third, we had chosen a program for our problem. And the program is we will accept donation from others. Each group has chosen a common problem in our community, and I think that each group needs a donation from others. Some group needs a donation from stores. Some people like to donate to other and they think that if they donate in these days there will be a day in future they may need other people donate to them. So, if you are able to help people, help them  you may need someone help you in future. I remember that my mom always tells me if you help other people a lot, after passing away people who you helped them, they will say the good things about you for the other people. Always try to help other people as possible as you can.

 

            Fourth, we had chosen a projected outcome for our problem. And the projected outcome is after schools time we will meet with parents and share awareness with them. And we hope that after being able to contact with parents every things would change batter. Some parents needs some one to correct them. Some parents feel they are correct all the time and every thing they do is true and the other people are wrong. So these type of people is so hard to deal with them and it is too difficult to correct them; because they feel you are wrong all the time. And I believe that there are a lot of parents need some people to correct them and give them advices. Every one in this world needs to communicate with other people to be a good person in this world.

 

            To sum up, each group in my class has chosen a common problem in our community and I believe they choose the correct problems in our community. I remember there were two groups choose a problem about the homeless people. And in my opinion I think that homeless people is the big problem in our community and we have to do whatever we can to help them and help our community. And the projected outcome for these two groups is to build a shelter for the homeless people. And I know that we have buildings in Flint specially for homeless people. When I was in the English Language Program I went to three different places with my teachers and classmates for homeless people in Flint to make dinner for them. I had faced a problem when I was there; but I always tell myself I have to respect them. My classmates and I were so exited because we know that we are going to help the homeless people. I love to help other people as possible as I can.

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Ecology of Democracy

Homelessness is a very huge problem that America has come to face. Millions of people, including children, families, babies, veterans, and the elderly live day after day without food, water or a roof over their heads. People who live from pay check to pay check and do not have any savings can end on streets if they lose their job for a few months. Some people get bankrupt and face debt issues and end on the streets. People that are mentally ill also have it tough on the streets, which can be extremely confusing to them, and dangerous to the rest of society. This problem must be solved soon, and therefore should be addressed as a major crisis that is affecting our society.

How Homelessness, its prevention, rehabilitation and counseling of homeless are a serious issue of our society. There are children who are born to these people who deserve basic rights and opportunity to grow and flourish.  People who have homes rarely think, nor can comprehend what terrible things that the homeless have to go through.

Furthermore, our problems are rehabilitating the homeless will reduce crime rate such are drug usage and selling which is the trade homeless turn to in desperation to earn some money and which is a great problem for our economy. Also, Not knowing how to involve parents into the equation, Dealing with parents who are a part of the problems. Training and developing employable skills of the homeless will allow them to be productive and will provide monetary benefit for the country.

The process to help homeless people are Put on an assembly for students that addresses domestic abuse. It will be broken down into three parts. A skit that will present the problem of abuse. The high school students will put this on. (Getting the community involved) A speaker who specialized in domestic abuse support. Volunteers who can come and speak about their experiences with domestic abuse and how they handled/escaped it. 

Also have a donation system at local stores to help go towards the cause and to help support other organizations fighting against domestic abuse. (People could pay for informational pamphlet about domestic abuse?) Parts of the money generated from our donation system will go toward educating teachers and staff members within schools on signs of abuse and how to go about dealing with it, and the program we create Domestic abuse Mainly focusing on abuse involving children. 

The projected outcomes are making community more educated and aware of the problem of domestic violence. Make children, and even adults, more comfortable with seeking help.

 

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Our project is basically to help homeless people not to be involved in bad situation. Basically, homeless people are very easy to be involved in bad situation like to join in gangster or something like that. Racism and drug abused problem is also important issue. So our project is basically to give them an education and entertain them. However being involved won’t result in a better life for all unless people make informed and wise decisions about what should be done. So what motivates people to get involved, and what gives them the ability to make sound decisions?

 Our process is like this. To raise the money, get volunteers, get the sponsorship and entertainment. We will make an effort to raise fund form local community and get the volunteer from churches and students or people who are interested in this business.

 Our problem is how to raise the fund and get the money from the people. It is really hard though. And it is also difficult to make interest from other people. Many people do not engage, people do not believe their individual actions make a difference, the issues are hyperpolarized, misinformed emotionally- or morally-charged decisions are often made, efforts to engage civically are uncoordinated, lack of shared learning, and a mutual mistrust between the citizens and the government. We need to make an effort to change people’s mind. I can’t expect the outcome of our projects. But we will see.

 This analogy tells us a two things: (1) institutional members engage in more formal politics and citizens and communities engage in more organic/informal politics, (2) institutions and citizens are interdependent as whatever each does impacts the other greatly. To change people is really difficult. In every society, there are a lot of poor people and discrimination. Efforts to reduce it is really important. However I don’t like to give some stuff to the poor no reason. I have learned that it is always difficult to get cooperation from others. We are planning to some interesting things.  We are providing tragedies and comedies. In my opinion, I want to introduce some funny things for people to enjoy the program

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Our group was focusing on gang violence. Homelessness, blight and domestic abuse are all part of the colective problem that we were all given to help solve. We tried to use theatre as a way to raise money and awareness, in order to help erradicate the problem. At the end, we all came together and decided it would be more effective to consolidate our problems into one, and focus on helping everyone out. We decided to put on an event in the parks around Flint, and have booths with information on how we can help these problems that we are faced with. We also decided to have music and vendors that would help raise money for our issues. In the end, we want to raise awareness and help those in need. 

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We were assigned the project of solving the problem of reoccurring violence and bullying in the public school systems, which has resulted in many children joining gangs. We had previously decided that we would assume the role of an arts corporation with a focus on sculptures. At first, we struggled to think of ideas of how to reach out to these children with sculptures. After much discussion, we came up with a plan that followed the 4 Ps that were brought up in class: The problem, process, program, and projected outcome.

We started with the problem. We knew that the children in the school systems were the ones being affected. We wanted to get the children involved in solving the problem with us, and so we formed our program around that idea. We also wanted to include children who inflict violence, children who have experienced violence, and even children who have never experienced either situation but would like to help solve the problem. One issue that came up in addition to the problem that we were trying to solve was that of the parents. Some parents deny that their children are bullies, some parents do not want the school to get involved in their personal life, and some parents have given up on their own children and have resigned to the belief that their children can never change. No matter which situation is true, the parents of the children pose a large difficulty to changing the behavior of their children. It is our belief, however, that getting the parents involved is essential to encouraging change in the current school system and within their own children. Therefore, we formed our plan around involving both parents and children to solve the problem.

For the process, we have several ways that we will raise money for the program. First, we will take a portion of the profits from our admission sales from our currently existing sculpture museums and devote it to the program. Second, we will set up a crowd-funding account to help fund the program. Third, a portion of the regular donations that we are already given to support our museums will be given to the program. Fourth, we will ask stores to donate supplies for sculpture building, and we will accept donations of supplies from other patrons. Last, we will put the sculptures that the children donate to us within the program in an exhibit in our museums, which will be sold to people who would like to support that program. The proceeds from the exhibit will go toward funding the program in future years, and it will draw in the family and friends of the children who have donated sculptures to obtain more funds from admissions that will go toward the program in future years. For advertisement, we will incorporate the information for the program into our advertisements for our museums. We also decided to post flyers around the schools to spread word of the program, and the program can be announced in the schools so that children are aware of it.

Next, we decided on a program that would help solve the problem of violence in the school systems. We are going to hold classes after school to instruct students on how to make sculptures, and the children will be encouraged to make sculptures that express their feelings about violence and bullying. The classes will be free, and the materials will be provided by our organization. There will be no cost of transportation because the children are already at the school at the time that the program starts. The instructors of the classes will be volunteers, and if possible they will be people who have experienced or inflicted violence in the school system when they were younger. To make the program more appealing to students, we will work with the schools to allow students with detention to take the class instead of being forced to attend detention. Students who have been suspended will also be encouraged to attend. The class will be made mandatory for children in detention centers, especially if they have a history of violence. We will hold the class for one to two days per week, depending on how much money we make from our fundraisers, for ten weeks.

To involve the parents, we decided to hold a conference for the parents to attend for one day during the ten weeks that our program is held. It will be at a time that is most suitable for working parents. The conference will have speakers who have experienced or inflicted violence in the school systems and those who have reformed from bullying. The emphasis of the speakers will be on how the support of their parents enabled them to get through those tough times or how the support of their parents would have made their life much easier. We wanted to involve the parents further, so we came up with a plan for after the program is over. On the weekend after the ten weeks, we will hold an exhibit in the schools that display the creations of the students. The parents will be encouraged to come to the exhibit to view the sculptures and support their children. The parents and the children will then have the choice to either take their sculptures home or to donate them to the museum.

The projected outcome of the event that we planned is that the program would raise awareness of the prevalent problem of violence in the school system. The program will get both children and parents involved, as well as people who have suffered from the problem in the past. The classes will also provide a safe environment where they are not bullied or teased for the children to express their emotions regarding violence. It will bring together students who are bullied as well as students who are bullies, and both groups of students will be able to be taught by people who have experienced the same thing that they have. This will make bullied and violent students more aware of the situation of the other group. Finally, we are hoping to provide students with a fun event to become more involved in the community and solving the problem.

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Federal Theater Project

            Gang violence is a prominent issue not only in Flint, or the state of Michigan, but around the globe as a whole. The issue stems form a lot of different complications, and is not singular to only one race, religion, color, or single group of people, it affects everyone. My theatre group was given the job to try and impact those who are at risk of falling into that life. Now, we were not given the job to end gang violence altogether, but to show at risk youth that there is another outlet for them to let out any pent-up anger or aggression that they may have. Theatre is a great way to vent out your problems and emotions, and it is a lot safer than the violence that seems to follow those who are involved in gangs.  Our mission was to start theatre programs in areas that have high rates of gangs and gang violence, in order to give people a chance to see that there are other ways to spend your time.

            At first, our main goal was to targeted the youth in order to get them introduced early. We wanted to start with an after-school program that taught the youth about the history of theatre, and provide classes on acting. We wanted the plays that we perform to be relevant to their situations and relatable to their lifestyles; so, we would produce shows about gang violence and life in underprivileged areas. Our group had plans of selling tickets, as well as merchandise and other concessions like food and drinks. This would help us raise money that we could spend on transportation from schools, so even those who didn’t have a family car, or another means of getting there, could still come to the theatre and be a part of something bigger than them. After getting transportation, our next step was to branch out to other schools in order to spread awareness. After that, we wanted to integrate an adult theatre branch, so everyone has a chance to explore the wonders of theatre.

            We did face some challenges. First, how do we know that people will be interested in it? Well, we didn’t know, but it was our duty to find out. Second, where would we be conducting this? We overcame this problem by planning on integrating with the Flint Youth Theatre and the Flint theatre, in order to have, not only venue, but a broader range of opportunity to be involved. We also thought about what would happen if those who were in gangs wanted to join. We thought that other gang members might not take too kindly to it, but we also felt that a gang is a form of brotherhood where everyone in your gang respects one another. I figured that this wouldn’t be as big of a problem, because I don’t think a gang member would get in trouble for wanting to do a play. Not everything about gang life is violent and dangerous, there is a lot of support and love within a gang, and if one of their brothers, or sisters, is talented, why would they discourage them from pursuing a better life? We also saw a lot of problems with personnel, and knew that we would need a lot of volunteers to get this up and running, but learned through survey that a lot of people would love to volunteer for something like that.

            Throughout the process, we learned a lot about how much work, and how difficult this would be to set up and organize. We learned to appreciate the differences in opinion between our group members, and we ended up stronger and more communicable than ever. We also really saw the value of the work, and the impact it would have on the community. In the end, we learned and grew a lot as a group, and gained a much-needed awareness to the issue we were given.

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Introduction

The term youth gang is used for describing the group with similar characteristics. They are formed by a group of 4 or more members having their age from 12 to 24 with sworn allegiance to each other. In this report, we will discuss the gang violence and its related concerns.

How you navigated this process with your groups?

Defining the characteristics of a youth gang, I have seen a lot of gangs and all of them have their common properties, and those are. Having a shred identity and normally it is represented by a symbol and name. The second property is the self-perception and acknowledgment by the public for recognition of a youth gang. The third property is the degree of permanence and level of organization.

So regarding the behavior of youth and the structure of different gangs. They can be classified into three types of groups which are as follows.

  • Drug Gangs
  • Prison Gangs
  • Juvenile Street Gangs

I have observed that the youth's behaviour is unbearable which varies from days to days. A person who plans to become the gang member today may not be a part of it in next month or after that. Many reports estimates that juvenile gangs have highest rates of turnover, we see that members are normally a part of the gang for a small time period. This enforces the requirement to get gang membership. It is very problematic to identify different types of gangs when they are constantly changing. The new members who are inducted into the gang, they come up with new ideas, goals and new way of performing things. It is reported that gang members gave their own agenda along with the fact is that these members are heavily involved in drug sales and street violence that gang youth (Arciaga, 2010).

What did you learn?

In my perspective, I have learned that all types of gangs should ban which causes more harm than good. I see that there are various anti-gang programs which utilize preventative measures, suppression and intervention methods with an objective to disinfect gangs. Most of these programs include the evaluation content to make future strategies to meet the requirements of the educational institution. There is another program which is called GREAT, and hence we call it Gang Resistance Education and Training program which is a strategy which was developed by US Bureau of tobacco, Alcohol & Firearms in 1992. The act created was to recognize the risk factors involved in a gang (Arciaga, 2010).

Its main purpose was to educate youth to avoid gangs in an attempt to prevent criminal activity and prevent violence. We also see that the GREAT programs consider a thirteen lesson syllabus in which the students are examined by trained personals and this range from middle school and elementary students. This program also includes a summer factor along with family training subject to foster family relations and engage parents in children’s lives (Arciaga, 2010).

What problems did you face?

The problems which faced is studying about causes of gang violence. I see that these vary greatly. On important elements is that when a gang member executes a crime goes through a procedure of Haze. It is also considered in many primary and secondary schools and it can become very deadly. There are other gang rituals which involve the factor of harassment of another gang which can result due to hazing (Bania, 2009). The other reasons include:

  • Use of Tobacco and Drugs
  • Underage drinking
  • Major disputes over gang territory
  • Gang rivalries with other associated groups
  • Fighting with other gangs or among themselves

So we see that the causes for acts of violence among individuals are much more complex. Normally an individual from a bad company or the one who is suffering from serious family problems which can force them to join gang to create violence in an attempt to solve their family issues with others gang members (Bania, 2009).

How did you overcome those challenges?

I found a solution which is the prevention of gang involvement. The recent statistics are very alarming, and so there is much which has to be addressed on priority basis. There are various programs which are made to help young kids to prevent them from joining the gang. Those programs are:

  • Big Brother Program
  • Big Sister Program

These programs can help to prevent violence for younger kids and them emphasis on teaching good habits. Special classes for parents can be conducted for proper training t6hier children. The biggest risk factor is the joining of a gang which can disrupt the whole educational system of that area (BartleBy.com, 2005).

What was your problem?

The main problem is the labeling of all youth gang members as violent which does not necessarily specialize in crimes. An estimate suggests that small percentage of the student gangs has been operational in schools and other institutes. These are numbers are increasing day by day. These estimate researchers state that most gang activity is non-criminal and gang crime is minor (BartleBy.com, 2005).

What processes did you use?

The processes which include a significant role is the development of various programs for the youth which teaches them the respect of the community. Examinations are taken for the pupils who are intended to make them understand the concept of helping each other rather than being involved in serious crimes which can bring bad reputation in the country or even internationally (Soard).  

What programs did you create?

The programs which are created in primary schools and colleges include the element of prevention techniques regarding the joining the gang. Usually, these are developed by drug and Tobacco authorities to reduce the number of gangs to prevent crimes and violence. So, in this case, the parents are also emphasized on training their children. They are given various guidelines along with a lesson in the form of animations and dramas to instil in the hearts of these children to develop the feeling of brotherhood and fraternity (Soard).

 

What are the projected outcomes?

The outcome which we see in the form of reduction of gangs and this practice has been implemented with the help of these programs to make equal citizens of this country. Some gangs have been converted into welfare societies which play a key role in helping people suffering from critical situations (Soard).

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Ecology of Democracy: Blight Project

Discovering different methods to recreate the living environment for the individuals who think profoundly about their groups and their nation however stress over issues that jeopardize their future and that of their youngsters. Employments are vanishing, or the occupations individuals need aren't accessible. Medicinal services costs keep going up, and the framework appears to be harder to explore. There are numerous stresses that our schools aren't in the same class as they ought to be. The political structure is covered in hectic split. Natives experience pushed away from the city. Peoples are recognized with their relationship with the other peoples.    

Importance of the Project

This project revolutionary changes the abandon area and transform it in a new place to live. The societies and houses around this area feel comfortable while living their places and see the beauty of this new area of the city. This project will provide many opportunities of the employment for the different peoples who have experience in building houses and construction. This new area of city will provide the accommodation to many peoples who just move in the city and many houses and apartments will be available for the rent and it will lead in collecting much revenue for the house or apartment owner. These houses will also provide shelter to the poor people and the refuges and we also help them to get jobs for their living so that they can easily pay their rent later. This project will control the crime rate in the abandon area and the places around this area, as this abandon area is free and open for the criminals to live and perform their illegal activities.    

Problem:

Abandoned and blight decayed homes in Flint, Michigan that degrade the city’s reputation and view by society. These houses have become a safe haven for criminals, as well as some neighbors the waste is intended to be treated of instead of transported and dumped in the designated areas. Or ask them about the reason for leaved these houses without restoration until it became a haven for criminals and waste, so we decided to take steps and studies on this list.

Scope of the Project

This project will provide the guideline to those who also planning to rebuilt the abandon area or place. This project is much helpful in future and provides the basic information and data to restore a damage place and help in creating a modern place for living. This project will attract the new peoples from the outside and they will enjoy the luxury life this is area with all the facilities. The peoples will feel safe around this area of the city and as it become free from pollution and dirt. We are building the houses on the bases of modern structure that has all the facilities which are required to live a good life. Starting with the low cost houses and after collecting some income from the rents we move to the big hoses and rebuild them in modern villas. This project will increase the city reputation and attract the visitors to see the beauty of this area and appreciate the city values.

Process:

The process would be to find out why these people have abandoned their homes. Moreover, if they leave their homes for a lack of security, in this case we ask the government to strengthen security in the area. If security is found in a place where people gathered in this place to rest assured. Then we try to collect money in various ways by opening a bank account for charity donations, and make an entertaining party with low prices so that everyone can attend and buy tickets also, we need to make ads in social media, and the event need to be near or in the same location that have abandoned homes., and then collect these funds and we study the figure out how much house we can repair, also the amount of money that is enough to repair them.

The process would also be done to find out how many abandoned houses can be repaired. For this purpose, we need to get people to do the simple repair of the houses in order to maintain the effort of the volunteers and take care of them without any charge. We also need to repair the houses, and we need to start with house that don’t cost too much so that we can repair then and take advantage of them.

And then we come to the important points of the process, which would be necessary to keep the project on the right track. If the houses are abandoned we can get the owner's permission to rebuild it and rent it in cheap price, and we will get the owner some of rent and help rebuild a more house with the rest so we can help more people. We can also offer free houses for a period of time for the poor people and refuges until we find a job for them so that they can pay the rent later and help us with small percent of their income to rebuild more houses and help more people that do not have a house to stay. We need to create job opportunities for them in the houses we rebuild. These steps given in the process would be extremely crucial to lead this project to a point of success.

Program:

Optimal and appropriate exploitation of abandoned homes will eliminate the phenomenon of abuse of these houses in the external areas, and work to benefit from the public benefit, in addition to keeping abreast of the urban development witnessed by all cities, and work to make these vital areas beautiful urban interface.

And not be a shelter for insects and rodents and distortion of the public landscape, as well as the seriousness of the occurrence of fires in the city, because of the lack of minimum standards of security and safety within and In case the owner is physically unable to build and rehabilitate the house, the concerned parties lend him a material amount and installation in stages to facilitate the citizens and help them to get rid of such houses in the right way that will contribute to raising the standard of living and improve income..

Projected Outcomes:

Help our community’s neighborhoods become cleaner and appealing to our citizens. By having clean and organize, and desirable homes, the people of the city will feel more comfortable about their city. It will also replenish that feeling of home once again after seeing the revamped houses, correction the city is being developed and attracting people to it.

Conclusion

Rebuilding an abandon place or area required much time, planning, investment and man power. Managing the proper plan is very important. Peoples who are living around the abandon place are not comfortable with the environment and afraid to go in this area. This project will change the views of the peoples about this place and see the new form of this abandon place of the city. This project will transform the area and increase the beauty of the city. City reputation will increase and its values and attract new tourist to visit in this area and enjoy the beautiful view of this area of the city.

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Introduction

Battered women are those women who are mentally and physically disturb or hurt over a long period of time. There might be few reasons including; from their Husbands or another male person dominant in her life. Some main characteristics of battered women are constant fear, perceived the inability to escape and helplessness. Battered women syndrome was described as a case of many murder cases. Many feminist groups like justice for women and all Black sisters who claim the legal definition of provocation and a series of appeals against murders convictions. Battered women syndrome was not a legal defense but may legally constitute: diminished responsibility, insanity, self-defense by using the reasonable degree of violence and provocation.

Causes of battered women: battered women mostly belong to home from where they complain and lead them into the adult relationship and not concern their voice. Those men become the wife batterers who seen in their houses wife battering with their mothers.  Therefore, no one wants to marry the victim of battering. Same-sex couples also face these problems. A battered wife may relate to any status, any religion or any educational background.

There is no direct issue but battering women is an organic behavior. No any wife or any other reason to beat any person in this situation. The main thing is that victims may not blame any other person so that’s not their fault. In any relationship, there is normally follow a pattern to wife battering. That phase includes a wife battering episode, a honeymoon phase where there is a respite and a tension building phase. In the tension building phase, wife normally, work as eggshells around the batterer and know very well about the tension building situation. Small and very little things are considered very important to mad the batterer as related to its food.

This type of minors issue may create the tension of relationships. The tension is belonging to most acute battering episode eventually. The battering may have slap or a little push but also include broken bones or more worst. Batterer tries not to receive any health care to the victim against its injuries and threaten victim that they do not try to tell anyone about this worse behavior. When acute battering is going to over, then batterer try to improve its behavior and sometimes it became very much different in their behavior so that they can make their self-better and improved in terms of behaving well with the wives. This act is considered to violence towards the women. Domestic violence is actually a crime in many developed and international countries. It is an inhuman activity which is not part of society. Wife batterer tries to change its behavior in such a way that he gives gifts, behaving well and apologize for his rude behavior.

 

Reasons behind Wife Stay

Every relationship is going to strong with the sacrifice and compromise of both sides. So a battered wife face many reasons to stay in a relationship with such a rude person like she didn't feel bad from any abuse, try to change the mentality of batterer, trust on batterer that he never do this again, no one believes that they abuse each other, because of children they don't want to broke the family, in his past he bear abusive behavior so she help her in this regard, afraid to leave the family, economically depend on batterer and afraid of welfare of children. But after all, any level of the wife has not suffered the behavior of batterer and not all wife want to break their families.

The procedure of avoiding Violence

Try to stop people from major abusers at the first stage. Different cultural messages are given to such persons to teach them and give them knowledge about their rude behavior and bad wording. Many researchers have too much work on such activities and programs to solve the psychological issue of such persons.

The cultural heritage that women have limits to their home frame must be changed

We are keen to rehabilitate the psychological and physical violence and provide them with the appropriate work

Establish centers to protect victims from minor families

The establishment of a center for convictions in itself is a beautiful idea and must be accepted by the society to protect women first from violence. There are women who have no shelter and the establishment of this center will provide those who defend them and protect them, even for vulnerable families who have no guardian can resort to this center to protect them from Violence I support the establishment of such centers because they protect all members of the family from any violence.

And the development of training courses and behavioral therapists within the Center, and each case of violence is an individual case needs treatment in line with the causes and nature of the personality of the parties and the nature of human relations between them and the concept of aggression from the point of view of the aggressor, in addition to an assessment of the emotional and mood experienced by the aggressor.

When batterer know that if he does any wrong thing or uses bad language then he has to face some punishment or bear some fine. Proper rules and regulations are made for such type of people so they have some fear regarding their bad behavior and rude and abusive language and in such case proper punishment, they have to suffer. It damages their family their children and their image in the society.

The basic reason behind such persons that they have to face very bad and poor atmosphere in their childhood. Their mentality is sick and they always sick thoughts and thinking regarding their future family. When they start their family or get married they again consider the same situation. They do the same behavior with their family, wives, and children. He gives them to abuse, slaps them, hit with legs and broke the bones.

Such persons need proper mental treatment because of sickness in mind. Proper treatment institutions are made for the healthcare of such people.  Proper funding is provided by the government to such institutions for helping the people to live with their families and their wives and children with good behavior.

As we know women bear such battering because of economic problem so proper facilities provided to women and support them economically so their support their family and live their life independently.

Actually, in our society, we have the different type of peoples who have different thoughts and thinking. Some people are very loving and polite with their family and they live a very happy and relaxed life. But some people have mentally disturbed and they have the poor and bad mentality in which they have bad language and very cheap behavior. Such people do not show their bad habit only close persons know about their cheap habits. So their habits suffer their wives and those who have in a relationship with them. We try to help such type of people and support them to live their lives in a happy and relax manner. And their families have to support them, they behaving well and do such acts which give them happiness and relaxation.

Such family members must be treated very much care and as well they should be treated very much softly so that they can improve their bad habits. Such affected persons may suffer very much in their lives. They lose their self-confidence and they may losses their strengths in their daily routine life. Such confident people if not treated softly and carefully then they will be a bad curse for the nation and the people lives in their surroundings.    

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PROBLEM

According to the “National Coalition Against Domestic Violence,” on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.  During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.  1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.  1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate person in their lifetime.  1 in 7 women and 1 in 18men have been stalked by an intimate partner in their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.  On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.  The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.  Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.  19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.  Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.  Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

 

PROGRAM

In order to address the issue of domestic violence in the City of Flint Michigan, we propose using the theatre as a way to raise both awareness and money to help support local programs that help victims of domestic violence. This program is designed to help victims of domestic violence use the theatre as a way to help them deal with the recovery process that is necessary in order to move forward to a brighter and healthier future.  The goal of the program is to put on a theatre production every three months that will generate awareness and revenues in order to not only combat the physical harm that is associated with domestic violence but also the human cost that come with such a debilitating disease.  Most programs are intended to measure the financial cost of a particular crime however, with our program we intend to measure the human cost, such as the cost of domestic violence on the human spirit.   

PROCESS

We intend to visit local domestic violence shelters and learn as much as we can about the victims and their stories because we believe that this is the best way in which to build a rapport with the community which we intend to serve.  After getting to know these faceless victims who tend to be part of a faceless epidemic we intend to offer them roles in quarterly plays which will allow them to share their stories of domestic violence with the world.  It is our hope that as they share these stories with the world that it will not only help to encourage the individual to garner the necessary strength that they need not to go back to a volatile situation but it is also our hope that their courage will allow someone in the same situation to garner the courage they need to leave a situation that could possibly lead to them or their loved ones becoming the ultimate victim. 

 

Because of the associated dangers to victims of domestic violence we intend to provide security to make sure that as these victims tell their stories that they are doing so in safe environments.  The goal is to also provide counseling to help these victims deal with the residual effects that can come with reliving such a dramatic experience.  

PROJECTED OUTCOME

They ultimate projected outcome is to help bring domestic violence to an end however, we are also aware that this is a long and arduous process.  Because this is a multilayered, multifaceted, issue we understand that bringing awareness and offering financial support to the victims of domestic violence is only the beginning.  However, it is extremely important that we start somewhere and because we will be working with such a diverse group of people we can help to combat stereotypes that only a certain group of people can become victims of domestic violence.  Hopefully the level of awareness that is raised through our program will lead to local and national leaders to pass laws that will help to protect some of the most vulnerable people among us.  We also project that with the monies that we raise with our program that we can help to provide resources like childcare and job training to help the victims of domestic violence reestablish their lives one they find the courage to escape a dangerous situation in order to protect themselves and their children.  Another projected outcome is to raise awareness that women aren’t the only victims of domestic violence and that men can also be victims as well.

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PROBLEM

According to the “National Coalition Against Domestic Violence,” on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.  During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.  1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.  1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate person in their lifetime.  1 in 7 women and 1 in 18men have been stalked by an intimate partner in their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.  On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.  The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.  Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.  19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.  Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.  Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

 

PROGRAM

In order to address the issue of domestic violence in the City of Flint Michigan, we propose using the theatre as a way to raise both awareness and money to help support local programs that help victims of domestic violence. This program is designed to help victims of domestic violence use the theatre as a way to help them deal with the recovery process that is necessary in order to move forward to a brighter and healthier future.  The goal of the program is to put on a theatre production every three months that will generate awareness and revenues in order to not only combat the physical harm that is associated with domestic violence but also the human cost that come with such a debilitating disease.  Most programs are intended to measure the financial cost of a particular crime however, with our program we intend to measure the human cost, such as the cost of domestic violence on the human spirit.   

PROCESS

We intend to visit local domestic violence shelters and learn as much as we can about the victims and their stories because we believe that this is the best way in which to build a rapport with the community which we intend to serve.  After getting to know these faceless victims who tend to be part of a faceless epidemic we intend to offer them roles in quarterly plays which will allow them to share their stories of domestic violence with the world.  It is our hope that as they share these stories with the world that it will not only help to encourage the individual to garner the necessary strength that they need not to go back to a volatile situation but it is also our hope that their courage will allow someone in the same situation to garner the courage they need to leave a situation that could possibly lead to them or their loved ones becoming the ultimate victim. 

 

Because of the associated dangers to victims of domestic violence we intend to provide security to make sure that as these victims tell their stories that they are doing so in safe environments.  The goal is to also provide counseling to help these victims deal with the residual effects that can come with reliving such a dramatic experience.  

PROJECTED OUTCOME

They ultimate projected outcome is to help bring domestic violence to an end however, we are also aware that this is a long and arduous process.  Because this is a multilayered, multifaceted, issue we understand that bringing awareness and offering financial support to the victims of domestic violence is only the beginning.  However, it is extremely important that we start somewhere and because we will be working with such a diverse group of people we can help to combat stereotypes that only a certain group of people can become victims of domestic violence.  Hopefully the level of awareness that is raised through our program will lead to local and national leaders to pass laws that will help to protect some of the most vulnerable people among us.  We also project that with the monies that we raise with our program that we can help to provide resources like childcare and job training to help the victims of domestic violence reestablish their lives one they find the courage to escape a dangerous situation in order to protect themselves and their children.  Another projected outcome is to raise awareness that women aren’t the only victims of domestic violence and that men can also be victims as well.

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PROBLEM

According to the “National Coalition Against Domestic Violence,” on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.  During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.  1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.  1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate person in their lifetime.  1 in 7 women and 1 in 18men have been stalked by an intimate partner in their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.  On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.  The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.  Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.  19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.  Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.  Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

 

PROGRAM

In order to address the issue of domestic violence in the City of Flint Michigan, we propose using the theatre as a way to raise both awareness and money to help support local programs that help victims of domestic violence. This program is designed to help victims of domestic violence use the theatre as a way to help them deal with the recovery process that is necessary in order to move forward to a brighter and healthier future.  The goal of the program is to put on a theatre production every three months that will generate awareness and revenues in order to not only combat the physical harm that is associated with domestic violence but also the human cost that come with such a debilitating disease.  Most programs are intended to measure the financial cost of a particular crime however, with our program we intend to measure the human cost, such as the cost of domestic violence on the human spirit.   

PROCESS

We intend to visit local domestic violence shelters and learn as much as we can about the victims and their stories because we believe that this is the best way in which to build a rapport with the community which we intend to serve.  After getting to know these faceless victims who tend to be part of a faceless epidemic we intend to offer them roles in quarterly plays which will allow them to share their stories of domestic violence with the world.  It is our hope that as they share these stories with the world that it will not only help to encourage the individual to garner the necessary strength that they need not to go back to a volatile situation but it is also our hope that their courage will allow someone in the same situation to garner the courage they need to leave a situation that could possibly lead to them or their loved ones becoming the ultimate victim. 

 

Because of the associated dangers to victims of domestic violence we intend to provide security to make sure that as these victims tell their stories that they are doing so in safe environments.  The goal is to also provide counseling to help these victims deal with the residual effects that can come with reliving such a dramatic experience.  

PROJECTED OUTCOME

They ultimate projected outcome is to help bring domestic violence to an end however, we are also aware that this is a long and arduous process.  Because this is a multilayered, multifaceted, issue we understand that bringing awareness and offering financial support to the victims of domestic violence is only the beginning.  However, it is extremely important that we start somewhere and because we will be working with such a diverse group of people we can help to combat stereotypes that only a certain group of people can become victims of domestic violence.  Hopefully the level of awareness that is raised through our program will lead to local and national leaders to pass laws that will help to protect some of the most vulnerable people among us.  We also project that with the monies that we raise with our program that we can help to provide resources like childcare and job training to help the victims of domestic violence reestablish their lives one they find the courage to escape a dangerous situation in order to protect themselves and their children.  Another projected outcome is to raise awareness that women aren’t the only victims of domestic violence and that men can also be victims as well.

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 My comment about your Problem, Program, Process.

There have been increased cases of physical abuses in many families today especially the married couples. In annual basis over 10M women were reported to have been abused by their husbands. This has led to many separation and depression among women. With the available facts about how many women are abused in today, we intend to use this fact to our problem. There are uses of the weapon when cases of abuse are reported and many end up not reporting or receiving any medical services.  

Program

As noted, there are increased level and number of abuses in women. For us to address this problem we have proposed to use the art class to design program in which we can create awareness to end the violence in the city of Flint. The arts created by students can be sold to collect money which will increase campaigns to create awareness on how to end the violence in families. The artwork can also be used to promote love an harmony, therefore, ending the cases of violence. The arts created are also used to help the victim on how to recover from depression and injuries made during the abuse. The main idea is to create arts programs which will help the victims. 

Process. 

To make the program success, there is need to create a schedule in which we can visit the victims and tries to get the information about their stories and help them recover. We can use their stories to create the awareness about the victims and help the community understand the situation,. We can use available funds to drive the campaign for awareness.

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During reading the Ecology of Democracy article I came up with a good definition of the ecology of the democracy. Democracy simply existed for human rights and respect others no matter what they believe or where they come from. Democracy supports many sources for citizens such as fundamental citizen values as religious freedom, and labor rights, and creates more secure. As a citizen of the foreign country where all people demand to have democracy to be the one national interest that helps to secure all people who live in this country. I strongly believe that democratically governed nations are more likely to secure the peace and expand open market rights like what you have in our Islamic countries 1400 years ago.

We used to promote democracy to achieve security, stability, and prosperity for every single citizen whatever if you are a Muslim or not. In addition, in a Sharia law (Islamic democracy) you can select the right leader through the Sharia law, a process through which people sit together, consult with one to another, and select one person to represent them. In the past, each individual Muslim has the right to choose their leader or not. Islam affords the citizens of a Muslim nation the freedom to conduct commerce as they want, as long as their actions are not unlawful. We used to live in a huge from Al-Andalus Eastern to the border of China Western, trade was open for every single person and people are free to work in any profession, no barriers to migration or material gain. The problem we have faced in the current time, some countries do not treat everyone is equal. They do not give men and women the right to elect the right leader and participate in the regime. Unfortunately, everything is restricted to everyone in the country you cannot go against the leader even correct him if you notice him doing something wrong only one word you can say “You Are Correct”.

This is the major problem we have faced in our countries. Also, I face and many others like me would gather to vote in the main spot. But what we see in our Islamic countries the democracy becomes difficult when the population grows. We always demand all citizens of Islamic countries trying to get together in one place to choose or decide what they want or believe. We do not want someone else or the government to choose who represents us. The citizen must have the right to elect representatives such the leader and prime minister to run the government according to our Islamic law. I think we can overcome those challenges by running the strict rule to protect the individuals. Majority of people may make the decision of certain rights such as free speech, participate in the government, and protection under the law. The citizen of Islamic countries must participate to understand the issues, all citizens allowed to speak. There are no restrictions on race, gender, or wealth.

The problem of democracy may seem the perfect form of our governments, but, in fact, it has its issues in reality. People who very wealthy can only afford to run for huge offices. I really noticed that people living in Islamic countries in the current time tend to have no more freedoms, protections, and a lower standard of living. You have a small space to share your opinion and ideas on social media, new papers, TV shows, or in public places.

However, despite the problems we always face and process in our Islamic countries they have not to be the fairest and most efficient of modern government in the world today. I saw and read many projects running in our Islamic countries and I strongly agree with it. From the beginning of the history of Islam until today, you cannot see that the Muslim come against the Jews or the Christians living among them. We can use the experiment of European or American laws to apply them in our countries according to Islamic law. Here is an example of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, the third leader of Islamic countries after Prophet Mohammed died. “¿Umar, the second caliph, ascended the pulpit of the Messenger of Allah and said, “O people! Do not go to excess in the matter of women’s dowry… And we never knew of a man who gave more than 400 dirhams as dowry.” Then he stepped down. A lady of the Quraysh from the congregation challenged ¿Umar ¦ saying, “O prince of the believers! Have you told the believers not to exceed 400 dirhams in giving the dowry?” to which ¿Umar ¦ replied “yes.” She said, “Did you not hear that Allah said, ‘If you have given one of them a heap of gold, then take not from it anything; would you take it by slandering (her) and (doing her) manifest wrong?’”[11] …To this ¿Umar ¦ said, “A lady hit the target and a man [meaning himself] was wrong.”[12]. And also, the Prophet Mohamed says “He who inaugurates a good practice (sunnatun ħasana) in Islam earns the reward of it, and of all who perform it after him, without diminishing their own rewards in the least…”  This is our real project to create clear democracy and let all citizen participate without fear of being prosecuted or arrested. We demand all Muslim citizen to seek a change in a system deeply ingrained to be encouraging democracy for every single person. On the other hand, we need to stop splitting our Islamic countries into groups or ideology such as Sunna or Shia so we can be one nation under one law. Muslims must have taken advantage of their full participation in the development of such obvious plan to reform our countries like what we used to live in the past. 

Many are afraid to go against Sunni or Shai regimes, and they can succeed only by creating an effective program to ensure long-term impact. Our program could simply support a successful democratic movement in the Muslim world by applying reasonable Muslim scholars and protect them from external influences. I strongly believe that if the big countries show us as one nation, they would respect our choice and they never try to intervene in our governmental affairs. To create democracy in our Islamic countries we need to reshape and recreate our educational curriculums. Give citizens the right to participate from all Islamic countries an opportunity to reshape us as one nation. Open new industries to build our needs such as cars, hospitals, military materials so we do not need to export anything from the different country. 

Finally, we live in rich countries, but, in fact, our economic is under-performance for more than three or four centuries that is why we are not able to recreate democracy to protect ourselves first, then our natural sources. Islamic governments must open debate and question what their religion says about rules, and the outcomes that they should expect. They should discuss what their religion indicates in practical terms, for the political Sharia (Islamic law), and economic characters of a successful Muslim society. Furthermore, we need to remember this God has given humanity the freedom to choose what they want according to our Islamic law. Unfortunately, we almost forget the most important thing, the Quran requires Muslims to develop themselves. Muslim have a critical role and must do their part in creating the correct democracy to our communities.  Muslims achieve more rapid and sustainable democracy by changing the current regimes in all Islamic countries, otherwise, we will struggle in the same issue for many years and years.

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Homelessness is a big problem in the country and Flint is no exception. There are a large number of people out there that is suffering from huge debts; family problems and lack of government support in different areas have forced them to live on the streets. The expensive housing schemes and increasing unemployment rate has made it really difficult for a lot of people to afford a house for themselves. Homelessness itself is a problem but the lack of resources to cater for these homeless people is another problem that is quite prevalent in the state. We came up with the idea to solve the problem by supporting these people to earn for themselves and at the same time take part in community activities that help them feel like they are a part of something important. Using theatre as a way to solve the problem seemed like a very challenging idea in the beginning because the success of the project was dependent upon cross functional collaboration and effective implementation of the idea. Devising a good timeline and dividing the tasks among the team members made it really easy to follow the important tasks that needed to be done. Collaboration was the key element and as a group that is what i learned the most at the end of the day.

In order to make sure that the idea was well executed, the development and planning process had to be very clear. At the heart of the project were homeless people and in order to reach out to them, it was really important that the awareness campaign was aimed at the right audience and implemented effectively so that the outcome we wanted could have been achieved. While working on the awareness campaign and the casting calls for the theatre play, i had issues regarding reaching out to the right audience. At times it would become difficult to convince people about the idea and encourage them to take part in the play. Social media proved to be the most effective tool in order to popularize our mission and create awareness. A lot of hype was created around the idea and that helped pull in a lot of people who showed interest in participating in the play. The encouragement and support that the community showed towards the idea was also very nice and helped us learn great things about the way that such small projects can be used to create a positive impact on the society and the community. Identifying the areas where maximum traction could be found for effective marketing

The part where the project was dependent on the state money is where things got complicated. Since these factors were not in our control and required support from outside it was very hard to keep up the pace of the project. Drafting up proposals and plans regarding the project was also a challenge because since these were going to be shared with the government stakeholders, the content and presentation was different than what i had done before. Overall it was a great learning experience in terms of trying out new ideas. The project idea was great but getting the funds in order to invest in the project proved to be a challenge.

Gathering donation was something that was very hard in the beginning but as i created more awareness around the problem, it becomes easy to gather donations. I learned how hard it was to fight against the social perception and stereotypes that these homeless people had to deal with on a daily basis. Educating the community about the problem and involving in the process to help these people stand back on their feet was a challenge but it gave us a very good outcome. As more and more people got involved, the funds that i needed for the project were easily managed. As a team i learned a lot about team work and dealing with deadlines. Working with the homeless people was also a challenge because understanding how they live and the kind of issues that the go through on a daily basis is a very important thing because that helps identify the right ways of working with them.

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What did you learn?

            With creating a program to help stop domestic abuse there were many things my group learned along the way. One of which is that things don’t end up the way you planned them too. There were many variables that arose when my group created a program especially for domestic abuse

 

What problems did you face?

One of the major problems that our group faced was that domestic abuse takes place with students and getting consent from the parents to be able to talk to their children about domestic abuse is a problem when their household is creating the issue.

 

How did you overcome those challenges?

            To overcome the challenges that arose with the problem that my group was giving was educating the teachers on signs of domestic abuse and having them talk with their students. Another way my group overcame some challenges was by letting the students know that there were many options to achieve help from the people around them and that they don’t need to go through anything alone.

 

What was your problem?      

            The problem in my group was domestic abuse and to be able to help solve/ stop domestic abuse with the help of our group being a Theatre Company.

 

 

 

What processes did you use?

            The processes used where to bring awareness to the students that the counselors are available to talk about any issues including issues at home. Also, because my group is a Theatre Company we had an idea of making a deal with the teachers/staff that any student that attends a play that involves domestic abuse and how to get help they will receive extra credit and the proceeds will go to those suffering from domestic abuse.

 

What programs did you create?

            To help solve the problem of domestic abuse my group came up with some programs. The main program was to hold a school assembly to bring awareness to domestic abuse. For the assemble there would be a professional speaker to talk to the students. Also, for any kids that had signs of being abused or any student interested would have the opportunity to talk to volunteers after the assembly or to their counselors. To help support people suffering from domestic abuse there will be donations set up at local stores to help go towards the cause. The money from the donations will also go towards educating teachers and staff involving signs of abuse and how to go about dealing with their student’s issues.

 

What are the projected outcomes?

            The projected outcomes of this issue are to be able to help students who are suffering from domestic abuse and help guide them through their situation. With having an assembly to talk to the students and having the opportunity to talk to the counselors would quickly be brought to the police’s attention to help stop domestic abuse in homes. Also, the projected outcomes are to make the community more educated and more aware of the problem of domestic abuse and to make the community more willing to seek help.

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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.