Problem to be Addressed - Since our health & wellness and fitness goals are similar to last year's, we decided to address those same societal problems (lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating and drinking habits, childhood obesity) - but also expand our reach further than ever before! This year, our team was very excited to reach out to international partnerships and I'd say we were pretty successful!
Continuing with our health and wellness goals, we were also able to provide emergency relief services to people in need in The Philippines during and after Typhoon Kammuri; to provide feminine hygiene products and general toiletries to teenage girls in The Dominican Republic; support 8th grade student Alvaro Pineda with his "Bags of Hope" international project; and donate to more charities than ever before!
Unfortunately, since we were not able to complete our initial project as planned, we decided to spend more time and effort brainstorming, researching and donating to charities of our choosing - but of course, the non-profit organizations had to align with our core focus this year.
We also chose to donate $100 back to the LA PROMISE FUND to support their COVID-19 relief efforts during these uncertain times. We posted and received a $25 donation on Facebook from one of our loyal followers, then added an additional $75 and donated to the NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY to support our emphasis on getting physically fit. Along those same lines, we donated $25 to Billie Jean King's WOMEN'S SPORTS FOUNDATION (WSF) to support efforts to create "safe, equal playing fields for school-aged and elite athletes around the world and promote female leadership in all areas of sports." We also decided to donate $50 to CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES (CHLA) and $50 to the SHRINER'S HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN to help children maintain a healthy lifestyle and get the wellness they need to live long, happy lives.
And finally, we also sought out to find a sister group. We found one internationally in "Chicas Poderosas," but we also wanted to collaborate locally. Through our mutual Instagram accounts we corresponded with the "Women of Wisdom" Girls Build group at Foshay Learning Center in Los Angeles. Our coordinator was able to meet with their coordinator and with the group of girls to discuss project ideas and leadership opportunities for the two groups. Girls from both their team and ours have been in communication via social media, and have even participated in the #stayathome #selfcare challenge together!
- The Process & Civic Engagement ~
Like the year prior, we recruited new members (incoming 6th and 7th graders) to add to our returning 8th graders and assembled a team. We discussed what our roles would be and if we wanted to stick with the focus of health and wellness or return to our roots with STEM (2017-2018). Since we felt we were largely successful last year, and because we wished to accomplish even more this time around - we decided to stay with our topic from 2019-2020, but expand it further. In other words, not just serve on PLP's campus, but in the Antelope Valley community as well, and hopefully internationally, too!
On campus, we decided to plan a "PLP Fitness Fair" to take place in April. Unfortunately, this plan was derailed when the Palmdale School District put out the Shelter-In-Place order on Friday, March 13, 2020.
Luckily, prior to that we had been busy working on other "side projects" - including: 1. PLP's Annual Color Run 2. California Coastal Clean-Up 3. Volunteering at the South Antelope Valley Emergence Service Food Bank 4. Weekly Meetings - Creating Hygiene Kits 5. Weekly Meetings - Making Bath Bombs 6. Weekly Meetings - Making Stress Balls 7. Corresponding with "Chicas Poderosas" and "Women of Wisdom" 8. Philanthropy (5 different non-profit organizations) 9. Supporting 8th grade students with their PLP community projects 10. Canned food drive to benefit survivors of Typhoon Kammuri 11. Virtual MS Walk 12. #Stayathome challenge with Palmdale Learning Plaza and Foshay Learning Center 13. Baking desserts for Grace Resources Food Bank 14. HGTV Project Participation - "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" 15. Marie Kerr Basketball Court Refurbishment 16. Girls Build "Hello Future" field trip to the Microsoft Theater 17. Girls Gen in Washington DC, Summer 2019 18. Social media campaigns: #EarthDayChallenge 19. Crafting homemade Mother's Day cards to be delivered to local nursing homes in the Antelope Valley 20. Kaiser Permanente's Web Series ("Caring for the Education Community During COVID-19") 21. National Denim Day social media campaign, April 29, 2020 22. Mental Health Awareness Campaign in the month of May 23. Fitness and Goal-Setting Assembly with Olympian Rachel Garcia
- Project Planners ~
As is often the case, our project ideas changed from our initial to our final project planner. Our initial project plan (pre-COVID) was a PLP Fitness Fair. Our "pivot" project plan (post-COVID) was our Earth Day social media campaign. Please find details below:
Despite the COVID-19 "Stay at Home" order, we still feel that we were able to accomplish many positive outcomes!
Quotes from Girls Gen: 1. "We helped people, not only locally and nationally, but GLOBALLY!" - Katie 2. "We accomplished working together as a team." This is no easy feat - there are 25 of us from all different grade levels (6th, 7th and 8th). Lots of strong personalities and different opinions! - Odeth & Ms. Lighston 3. "We gave more money to charities than ever before!" - Tatiana 4. "We put smiles on people's faces." - Madeline 5. "We supported other women and girls around the world." - Hannah O. 6. "We inspired other girls to get involved and take action in various community service projects." - Vanessa
- Evidence ~
Please click below to view our collection of evidence toward meeting our team goals. Included are our team slideshow, impact report, photographs, receipts, email requests, flyers, thank you letters and videos, etc.
Quotes from Girls Gen: "I learned to cooperate with others." - Megan "I learned to manage my time better." - Gurjashan "I improved my public speaking skills!" - Ruby "I now know that helping others makes me feel good!" - Angeline "I learned to put our IB Learner Profile attitudes and attributes to work in real-life." - Alexa "We learned about female empowerment and how women can be successful in business based on the "Hello Future" field trip." - Hannah "I learned how to be more thoughtful and caring for others - even with those I don't even personally know." - Nischelle "Our team thrived by collaborating with other powerful girl groups." - Blythe