Aasha Shaik

Direct Service

My Blueprint would involve consent education that is comprehensive, which means from the earliest ages. This means that as early as kindergarten, our children should begin learning about consent and what it means. This can simply look like asking before hugging a friend or learning how to say no when they do not want to be touched, and then as they grow older and enter into middle school and higher grades, will also begin to include the sexual context. At that point, the idea is that the notion of consent will be normalizing and integrated into their basic levels of interactions with other people so that it will be no different when applied to sexual experiences. Sexual assault occurs when there is no consent. In order to stop sexual assault, we need to understand what consent is.

Aicha Belabbes

Advocacy

Aware Media Solutions is an organization that wishes to work with schools in South Hadley and Holyoke in Massachusetts to have kids and young adults in middle school and high school read books that have characters with diverse identities and have access to documentaries on a variety of topics such as food access and climate change. Aware Media Solutions seeks to design curricula that are explicitly consciousness-raising. The organization wants students to critically think about how what they watch affects how they see the world. The organization currently sees a lack of critical thinking in the education of today, while students desperately need and crave it. Our world needs critical thinking because today’s students need a deep understanding of both US culture and politics.

Aiko Celeste

Community Organizing

The Undocumented and Black Curriculum aims to empower and make accessible information to undocumented Black immigrants and Black immigrants in California at large but specifically in the city of Los Angeles through an educational approach that will serve as a pipeline for leadership development eventually leading people to grassroots mobilization. The Undocumented and Black Curriculum will tackle the lack of accessibility that Black immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, have when it comes to policies that directly affect them, such as immigration, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), War on Drugs, Family Readiness, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and ways they can access resources regardless of immigration status.

Alexis Newell

Direct Service

The NAACP Youth and College Division Chapter at Brown University is committed to helping to increase diversity at the school through mentorship and university resources. Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program or Columbia’s fly-in program. The NAACP Youth and College Division aims to help fix that problem by reaching out to two to three high school seniors from our hometowns and the greater Providence area (e.g. two from our hometowns, one from Providence) through either word of mouth, social media, and or the high school counseling offices in order to offer encouragement and assistance when applying to Brown. Our ultimate goal is to start increasing awareness among students of color that they too deserve admission into a top university.

Alphonso Amos

Direct Service

Impact Youth Services is a multi-year approach to providing services and mentoring programs for elementary, middle, and high school youth in the St. Clair County area. The program will form partnerships with local school districts, churches, and the juvenile court system. Impact’s goal is to increase the number of young people of color with mentors, increase resources for mentoring programs and expand mentoring programming and opportunities tailored to the needs and circumstances of young people throughout St. Clair County. Impact will focus on two types of mentoring. The first type of mentoring Impact will focus on is traditional mentoring and the second type of mentoring Impact is group mentoring.

Alyshia Gonzalez

Community Organizing

First Step Coalition is an organizing committee geared towards developing the empowerment and social engagement of High school and College-aged students in Phoenix, AZ. The organization endeavors to be the “First Step” for students in establishing lasting inter-communal bonds by promoting political representation and civic engagement of traditionally marginalized communities. First Step will focus on the general education of youth surrounding local, state, and national elections, the operation of the courts, and successful campaign implementation through workshops headed by Arizona State University student cultural groups and community partners.

Amanda Watson

Community Organizing

This project seeks to create a forum for Two Spirit and Native LGBTQIA youth in Minnesota to be in community with each other. There are currently no spaces devoted to Two Spirit and Native LGBTQIA youth in either the Twin Cities or greater Minnesota, and youth have expressed that they experience isolation and disconnection from the community as a result. This blueprint will utilize the principles of grassroots community organizing to help develop a model for engaging and empowering Two Spirit and Native LGBTQIA young people. The direction of this project will be co-created with youth in order to center and prioritize their expertise in their own lived experiences and their knowledge of how a gathering of youth could best fulfill their wants and needs. The process for developing and sustaining the project will be shared nationally through partnerships with Native organizations working in urban, reservation, and village communities across the United States.

Andrew Frazier

Direct Service

The Second Chance Operative (S.C.O) is an intended summer program that
aims to help troubled youth that is either at-risk or fall dangerously close
to the school-to-prison pipeline model. In the state of Virginia, the school-to-prison pipeline is a huge factor especially in low-income areas that are home to a majority of children of color. Children in these areas are more likely to be “labeled” by a flag system. The Second Chance Operative blueprint intends to help mentor, support, and guide children flagged by the school by teaching them skills and engaging with them through a summer interactive program led by Andrew Frazier.

Angel Winston

Community Organizing

The Southeast Queens Votes Project aims to increase community and civic engagement in New York State Senate’s 14th District. The 14th District is comprised of a vast majority of Southeast Queens, New York (331, 535 residents). As seen throughout much of the nation, the district’s primary and midterm elections produce low voter turnout. In the most recent general election, New York State Senator, Leroy Comrie, received 95, 067 votes out of just 112,625 votes cast. A number of factors contribute to low voter turnout rates, such as voter registration deadlines, fewer monetary contributions and less visibility in midterm elections, an uninformed public, and more. This Blueprint Proposal seeks to increase community and civic engagement through voter registration drives, civic engagement oriented workshops, community events, and finally a “get out the vote” (GOTV) campaign through the 2018 midterm election.

Ash Lizarraga

Advocacy

Journey to Success is a campaign that aims to educate and mentor current high school students in foster care to increase access to higher education and make them aware of the mental health, medical, and social service resources that are available to them on and off-campus. Journey to Success will work towards closing the educational gap and education inequities that current and former foster youth face due to the lack of attention, funding, and stigma that circles the public child welfare system. Young adults that have aged out of foster care have higher rates of housing instability and financial insecurity. Social services are available to assist them in addressing these issues, however many young adults are not aware of them.

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