This week, we prepared for and presented at the Forum event at our school. The Forum is an event where all the students present their CBL projects, which include an interactive element that is meant for the other students, parents, and faculty. To prepare for the forum, we created our Canva poster, and an interactive Prezi slideshow. We also kept one of our boxes on display as an additional interactive element in our presentation.
We would like to thank all the parents and faculty that gave us feedback and reviewed our CBL project on Thursday. We also really appreciate and want to acknowledge Ashley, Jennifer, Tammy, and Frances for giving us feedback and helping us find the correct path for our project.
In the future, we would like to keep the course of this project going, and potentially send the immigrants backpacks filled with various stress relieving items. These include stuffed animals, stress balls, and other toys for them to play with. In the future, we will specifically aim the backpacks towards children so that we have a more focused topic. In the new backpacks, we will still include art supplies, as our research has shown this is an effective treatment for PTSD. However, toys and stress balls will make the children happier. These items are also specifically geared towards children's needs.
We recently recieved an email from Carly Boos, to whom we sent the boxes. She told us that an eleven-year-old girl from Iran who recieved one of our boxes really enjoyed it! It turns out that she wants to be a designer and artist when she grows up, so the package was perfect for her! We were so excited to receive this heartwarming email from Carly.
We also plan on following up with Carly Boos to receive more data to improve our project for future endeavors. Thank you so much to all the people who have helped us with our CBL project and who made this all possible.
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Part one (3-14-19)
This week in CBL has been extremely productive. On Tuesday, we made the care packages! Inside we put paper, colored pencils, colored and regular paper, paint and paint brushes, and a card written by either us or a classmate! This was a tremendous relief to get finished, and we are so glad to be able to move on from this! The other thing that happened this week, was we found an organization that will be able to give the boxes to the refugees! We had emailed them a few days ago, and they emailed us back two days ago saying they would like to help us out! Finding an organization has been one of my big priorities this project, so finally connecting with people was amazing. The last hurdle that we have to jump is getting the boxes to them, and taking data on it. Our science teacher gave us an extension for the data bit of the project, but only for the weekend.
Part two (3-16-19)
We’re back and we have our data! We created 20 boxes, which have colored pencils, paper, paints and paint brushes, and cards written by us and some of our classmates. We have distributed them, and we’ve taken data. We found that 85% of people with PTSD treated with art have found release in creativity. Something we could have changed to increase the impact we made on the issue was greater scale. If we had more donations and volunteers we could have created a greater impact with more packages. Our group chose a topic that was broader then we imagined. We chose a problem that was complex and affects many people, so our 20 boxes will act as a first step into how our art can alleviate the affects of PTSD. We received a lot of positive feedback from colleagues and adults. We would like to thank German Macias, Biljana Debogovic, Peyman Malaz, and especially Carly Boos, who made sure that the boxes got to the refugees. Thank you all!
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For this week in CBL, we are still waiting for the boxes to come. Over the weekend, we will get the supplies for the boxes, but we still need the boxes first. Also, we are still deciding who we are going to send the boxes to. We might come to a Mary’s List event, or we might give our boxes to a group of immigrants that a fellow classmate told us about. We are still struggling with time, because it might be hard to get the boxes next week then, find who we are going to give them to. Our biggest problem has been time and finding out who to give the boxes to, but we have solved this by working hard to get things done faster and we have emailed lots of organizations and talked to many people with connections to solve who we are going to give the boxes to. Although we have ran into some problems, we have still been successful in figuring out what we're going to do and we have done a good job staying organized and, on top of things.
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This week for CBL, we have come up with the design for our solution. We are going to get cardboard boxes, and fill them up with drawing supplies and stress toys. We have already ordered the boxes, and now we will go buy, or order the art supplies and stress toys. We are still trying to get in contact with immigrant organizations, but we have not had the best luck. We are trying to research and reach out to more organizations. Also, if any of those organizations respond, we can interview them as planned. We haven't been interested in doing fundraisers as much as just buying the supplies our-selves, which might be the better option time-wise. Although, if we were to do a bake sale, we would have to come up with one in a short period of time which is unlikely to happen. The biggest problem we are facing is finding immigrants to give our boxes to, which can be accomplished by reaching out to organizations and having them respond.
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This past week, we met with a few teachers and staff at our school, and interviewed them for feedback. This process went very well, and we received a myriad of tips and new ideas for our project. Some ideas were to look into our local children’s center, and to make care packages that include art and baking supplies. We were also advised to focus on things other than just trying to find a group of immigrants to help with PTSD— we should first narrow down our ideas to one primary idea that will become our solution. Our previous solution was to go to a specific family and teach them art and baking. However, we have altered our solution based on the feedback we received from the Windward staff.
Our new, finalized solution is to organize a drive for art supplies, and create care packages for the immigrants using the collected art supplies. We interviewed our school counselor, Tammy, and she says that art is an activity that will lower the immigrants’ stress levels caused by PTSD.
We are really focusing on anyone who has been accepted into asylum and has made their way into Los Angeles in our present time. We would also like to help immigrants who specifically find it difficult to assimilate into their new community.
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This week in CBL, we finally settled on a topic! We've decided that the final problem we are working on is immigrants, specifically youth who have seemed asylum, with PTSD. We arrived at this topic after many failed interviews on the phone, successful interviews with a few adults from school, and a lot of research.
In terms of the solution to this problem, we are considering a few options. This by no means is a small problem, so we wanted to narrow it down to everyday activities that might help relieve stress, but are not available to asylum seekers with smaller sums of money. Things like art supplies, are not a commodity immigrant families with less money can afford. So, one of the solutions we have thought up is a drive for art supplies, such as paper, pencils, colored pencils, coloring books, paints, etc. We don't know wether or not this has been attempted, but we are hopeful that we will get a good turn out. We plan on holding the drive at our school. A way that we could enhance this idea is by making use of an event at our school called Buy it on the Bridge. Buy it on the Bridge is a juncture held during the school day where students sell products they have made or baked on the Bridge at our school, connecting the two halves of Windward. We can sell a product, most likely a baked good, and use the proceeds to buy art supplies. We can also do a mini drive during the event.