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​Name: Taylor Veasley
Abstract Paragraph: My Capstone was to host a scholarship for my Dad's music program called the Bass BootCamp. This past year was the Camp's 10th year anniversary and I have attended every single year. We had been talking about hosting a scholarship for the camp for multiple years now and I decided that I would make that my Capstone. The reason that having this scholarship is so important to my father and his staff is because there is a low amount of people ages 16 to about 25 that attend the camp. We feel as though it is very important to have people of ALL ages attending the camp. When we asked people in that age range why they felt as though people their age weren't attending the camp they said it was for financial reasons most likely. It is the age where you begin to become independent and most people that age do not have the means to provide the tuition, travel costs, and board expenses themselves. This scholarship will open up that door for that age range and really begin to expand the thinking of the camp. There are so many talented young people and I think that it is awesome that I get to help the community in this way. 

For this Capstone a lot of work had to go into it. A lot of research and coordination to make sure everything went smoothly. We had our first ever round of scholarship winners in March of 2014 and it was amazing. They were both wonderful, intelligent and talented young men and they were so grateful  for the opportunity. the lead up to it was stressful because of planning and making sure that everyone arrived at the hotel safely, and had somewhere to stay. It was also fun though, because I really felt like I was making a difference in someone's life. Now, based on what happened this year I can improve the experience for everyone for next year. 

I expected for this to be something that was done easily, smoothly, without any kinks but, that is not what happened. It has been a very bumpy journey but, it turned out great. I am going to host this scholarship every year now and as we receive more donations from musicians and just people that care we can begin to provide more scholarships. It is lovely to see young people applying to my scholarship and being excited about their future in music. For my final project I was expecting to make a photo essay but, I decided instead to create a website that is easy to navigate and is informative for the students. This is the link to my website, I hope everyone enjoys it.

Gates Millenium is one of the first scholarships I thought of when I began creating this scholarship. It made sense because GMS in my opinion hosts the scholarship very well. There are 100,000s of kids that apply to this scholarship annually and it made sense to me to use them as an example for my own scholarship. This source was helpful for me because I got to look at the eligibility and the requirements of the scholarship. Although, our scholarships are not exactly the same kind it still makes sense to model one after the other. This website lists first what GMS is, why they started it and who they started it for. Then they go on to tell the history of the GMS scholarship. After this part of the website they tell the history of the scholarship and how far they have come as a foundation. Then they go into the specifics of eligibility and the requirements. I like this layout of the website so I thought this would be a great source to use for my capstone.

This website that helps people start scholarships from scratch. Although I am not starting my scholarship from scratch I believe that this website can help me with a lot of the logistics and basics of my scholarship. The website starts off listing what the basic questions you should ask yourself when you begin to plan the scholarship and then goes into detail about what you should ask the applicants. This also gives a lot of great tips about what to do and what not to do when hosting a scholarship. They use real-life scholarships and scholarship hosts as examples for reference for our own scholarships. This website really has an awesome break-down of beginning your own scholarship and really what to expect. I believe that this scholarship will serve as a great aid throughout my capstone process.

This is the Ron Brown scholarship, another scholarship that came to mind when I began my capstone. This will serve as another guide for me to base my own scholarship on. When I applied to the Ron Brown scholarship the process was smooth and it went off without a hitch, this is how I want my process to go so I saw it as a great idea to use them as an example for myself. On this website they are listing the eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and the scholarship conditions. What I really like about this website in particular is how accessible everything is. You have all the important things about the scholarship that you need on one page, there is no searching necessary. The more accessible it is the more people want to apply. They also give you a timeline of the scholarship and what you should have done by certain dates to be on the right track to have everything in on time.

This website is a website that has scholarships that are great to apply to listed on it. It is a scholarships, programs, internships and fellowships website hosted by the UNCF. Students use this to find similar scholarships that they are most likely eligible for. The scholarships are all mildly similar so, it is helpful for people that apply to one to apply to more that are listed with them. For my capstone’s purposes I will use this website to find example scholarships for myself. The UNCF is a very creditable foundation so I am confident in their choices of scholarships. I also have applied to a handful of the scholarships and internships on the website and I have never had a problem with any of them. I like this website and I believe that it will serve as a great source for me during the capstone process.

My scholarship is the Bass BootCamp scholarship so, naturally I would list the bassbootcamp website as one of my sources. I have worked at the bass boot camp for nearly ten years but I do not know all of the logistics of the camp off of the top of my head. I use this website as an information hub. This website lists everything that is needed to know about the camp, prices, what to bring, what is offered, everything is on hear. This gives the run-down of the camp and what the overall experience will be like. This website also offers pictures to look at and to imagine yourself in. I will be using this part of the website very often and it serves as a great reference site for my and any applicants for my scholarship.

This website lists the schedule for the attendees of the Bass BootCamp as well as the instructors that attended the camp the year prior, 2013. The reason this site is wonderful for me is because this is basically what I will use to get people to apply to my scholarship. The largest part is people actually applying. When they read the schedules of shows and amazing classes taught by world renowned professors they will definitely want to apply. This website serves as one of the most important sources for me because my scholarship is based on people applying. I will visit this website very often during this Capstone process so I truly do believe this is a very reliable, important, and helpful source for my Capstone.

This website is a site just filled with Frequently Asked Questions of the BassBootCamp. I know that there must be a million questions that people will have about not only the scholarship but the camp itself as well. Although my mentor knows everything about the camp and what happens there he is not always easily accessible. It helps to have a website at my disposal that I can always rely on to visit and get the answers to those questions from. Again, they are frequently asked questions so not every single question that I am asked will be featured on there but I am sure a majority of them will be. This website will serve as kind of a second mentor. It will have a lot of the information that I need that is not on the other requirements page or the about page. It has more specific questions with specific answers which will serve me very well during this Capstone process.

This is the Capstone website on Canvas. This website is very critical to my entire project. This website lead me to all of the requirements and expectations for my Capstone. It has all upcoming assignments and everything that will be due throughout the year for our Capstones. This website is important because I do not want to miss any aspects of the Capstone requirements. This website allows me to check over what we need and to ensure that I do not just meet expectations but that I exceed them.  Right now I am using this website very often to make sure that I am on the right track. I do not want to have a lot of work to cram at the end of the Capstone process and this site helps me with that. If I go at a certain pace and use this a reference for what I have done and what needs to be done I will be finished on time.

This is a previous Capstone done by a student that graduated in 2012. This is a great reference source for me because even though it is not the same topic it still has the same kind of format that I was going for. When I am kind of confused or I am not sure on what I should do for certain aspects I use this site as reference. Sometimes it helps to have actual student work rather than just a list of requirements. This project was done on math help and the way it is set up is easily accessible, neat, crisp, and clean. This is how I want my ending product to be like. I love this project as one of my sources because it received a great grade and that is also my goal.

This website is a guide for people that are hosting scholarships for students. After extensive research I found that this website was one of the most helpful guides for this topic. It explains how to start a scholarship minus all of the complicated lingo and the confusing requirements. It really gets down to the nitty gritty of how to do it. While it does that it also explains how to get people to take you seriously while you host this scholarship. Sometimes when you are trying to recruit people don’t take you seriously and this website helps with that. It also helps you explain to the applicant the importance of this scholarship so they apply with the same seriousness and respect that you had when you created it. This website is a great reference for me not just in the early stages but throughout all of the stages of this project.
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Creating Change - Blog #3

Hello, again! My name is Talya Laver and I am a freshman at Science Leadership Academy. In my english class, we have been continuing our work on our You and The World projects. The topic I have been working with throughout the year has been Leukemia, a type of blood cancer. In my first blog post, I worked to educate people on what Leukemia is and different treatment options. If you would like a refresher, take a look! In my second blog post, I conducted original research to see how well known it is and how knowledgeable people are compared to other types of cancer. I did this in the form of a survey which was sent out to a wide range of people. If you would like to take part in the survey or view the questions, click here. The last leg of the project, has been to take action and effect change.

When deciding what I was going to do for the agent of change aspect of this project, I decided that I was not going to limit myself to only taking action in regards to Leukemia. All types of cancer are terrible and they all need money for research and support for their victims. I also wanted to do something that was meaningful and relevant to me and my life. They way I choose to effect change was by taking part in an event called Yoga on the Steps. Taking part in walks or collecting money are not things that I am very interested in and to make the most change, I felt that I have to be fully invested and engaged. What drew me towards Yoga on the Steps was the fact that it focuses not only on creating change around breast cancer, but also furthers the idea of healthy living and a better quality of life in general.

People participating in Yoga on the Steps 2014

In addition to participating in Yoga on the Steps, I recruited others to participate and raised money. In my household, we raised $250 contributing to our larger team which raised $11,417. The overall event raised $275,670 this year. The money raised goes to an organization called Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC). LBBC is an organization that offers education and support to women who have been diagnosed, or are living with, breast cancer and their families. Their main fundraising event, Yoga on the Steps, is an hour-long yoga class designed to promote and create awareness around healthy living and better quality of life.

Myself and Gabby Cromley at Yoga on the Steps

Although, much has been and is being done, there is still tons to do until we live in a cancer-free society. There are many ways to help that dream become a reality. Donating towards research to find a cure is a great way. The American Cancer Society is a great place to donate, though there are many great organizations to donate to as well. Another way is to get involved in an event like the Race for the Cure and Yoga on the Steps, to name a few. Additionally, supporting people through their own battles with cancer and being source of comfort is an act like no other.

This project has been an eye-opening experience. Being able to follow an issue throughout the year then having the opportunity to go out and make change, is quite a special journey. Cancer, specifically Leukemia, has been something that has touched my family very deeply. It has pushed me to think in ways I don’t normally have to for project, from conducting original research to figuring out how to be an Agent of Change. I hope that I have made a difference and that I will continue to make a difference until we no longer need to worry about cancer.

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Blog #3: Making a Change

Hello fellow readers and welcome to my last and final blog. As you know from my last two blogs, my topic is on the issue of Animal Cruelty in America. If you’re a new reader, please read by first and second blog to know about previous information.

In my previous blog, I interviewed staff members at the Francisvale Home for Small Animals and asked the question, “ How can I prevent animal cruelty?” The staff said that I could teach others own on to treat animals with respect and volunteer at animal shelters. After reading that answer, a lot of possibilities rolled into my mind on how I could give back to solving this problem to serve as my Agent of Change part of my You and the World project. I’ve have heard of fundraisers to raise money, but I find it hard to believe that people can donate to a charity or fund, but not know any knowledge on the topic. I wanted to create a fun and profitable way to raise money to donate to shelters who have financial problems. I decided to not only have a bake sale to raise money, but to have some type of information on animal abuse to be given to the buyer, so they walk knowing exactly what the problem is.

My partner, Kara, and I bought donuts and cheesecake to sell to students at our school, Science Leadership Academy, but not only did we just sell it to them, we told them facts about animal cruelty like the fact that last year there were almost 20,000 cases of reported animal abuse  and that some ways animals are abused could be by hanging or burning. Several students were surprised by the ways that the reported abused animals were treated and even more surprised by how many cases there were. Many asked me about ways they could help with fighting against this problem. With the advice from Francisvale, we told students that they could help by volunteering at a local shelter and educating others by telling them the correct ways of handling an animal with respect and dignity. We afterwards donated all the money to PAWS, an animal shelter that is in danger of staying open, since it runs out of money and supplies from time to time.

The fundraiser was a success! We wanted to raise at least 50 dollars and we came close with 38 dollars. We both agreed that if we had brought in more food, then we would have exceeded our total amount earned. It felt great to raise this money,as it was my first time conducting a fundraiser, and the fact that it was for such a great cause as well. I can’t help but get excited when I think about all the animals that we’ve helped out. I learned that there are people who genuinely care about animal abuse and cruelty. It was actually surprising to see students who were  interested in learning more and it made me feel proud that I was able to accomplish my goal on educating others on the evils of animal abuse.


Us giving the PAWS staff the money. Look at the kitten!

Me selling our last donut

Although I am happy with the amount of money Kara and I made, I still do wish that we could have raised more. Next time, I believe that I should bring in more baked goods to sell, that way we earn more of a profit. Although shelters do appreciate the money, they also look for supplies, as it can run out very quickly and the animals are most dependent on it.  I wanted to have a towel drive at school, but there wasn’t a sufficient amount of time that I had on my hands, and I was afraid that the expectation of towels that I wanted wouldn’t be met. want to hold more bake sales and fundraisers. Right now, I feel that all that is left is to just educate more. This time, I educated people at my school, but next time around, I want to educate people throughout Philadelphia.

I enjoyed this project with all my heart. I picked a topic that I felt strong about, and in return, I received an amazing experience with fighting for a change. I hope at one point, animal abuse and cruelty won’t be as much of a problem it is today and I’ll continue to make a change. I’d like to thank Kara for joining me in fundraising for the help of animals who were victims of abuse. Without her, the outcome wouldn’t have been as grand as it was. I’d also like to thank Ms.Dunn, my English teacher, for always being there and for guiding me through this project. Last, I’d like to thank all my readers who followed me throughout this journey of my blogs. It was nice to receive feedback, and it made me feel 100 percent better about the change that I was making. Thank you.

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Eric Loth Capstone


Throughout the years in SLA, I have been shadowing major artist and doing a lot of free music performances and free videography for people. Dying Breed was a positive movement we started which sets in the areas of Philadelphia, and Delaware. What we focused on was creating music, doing videos, and contributing to community events. I choose to make a promo of the video until the video was promoting crazily and then I would create a release date and see how much promoting actually helped. I never got to actually work on a video project on my own and be a director of it and keep everything original to my expertise, and this is my chance to do that. This project is more then just a music video for me, it will teach me a lot of material I would need to become better in the future. Such as being a better director and becoming more comfortable in front of the camera. 

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This source is effective in providing me with information on how to be prepared to direct a film and not follow common mistakes. Looking over this post I learned hat making a film starts off with making a good theme that would go with what I like. I think that this will come more handy for me because I can’t have a sad song play on happy and bright footage, it just would work right. Even though this source isn’t much but tips, it is in fact helpful considering I never really did anything as such before.



This source is effective in providing me with information on creating a music video and a lot of tips on how it should be.  Looking over this article I learned that the song goes first when creating a music video. That everything has to be based on the song no matter how much you want that to change. This article really gave me a good step-by-step process on how making a music video should be. This will really be helpful for me when I start filming and get stuck and not know what to do next. It’s a really good preparation article for me, as I will need it before I start creating this music video.



This source is really effective in providing me with information that I need. It talks about the start to finish process that I would be going through and how I should touch upon doing so. Of course music videos starts with the song first, then comes the video based on the song. This article told me about everything I need to get this job done and done well. There was a lot of information about the minimum needs which is what I needed considering I don’t have a lot of professional equipment to get this done.



This source is really effective because I want my video to be great and amazing, and what’s creating a great and amazing video if not many people will watch it. It tells me a lot about ways to get your YouTube video out there, which will be my website of choice. It lets me know that I have to be able to create a video that people can relate to and a song so they can get attached to it more. Also it tells me ways of promoting and ways that people can run across the video easier.



This source is reliable because it gave me the idea of using Final Cut Pro X to edit my video. Know I could have used much other software to make this video, but this article convinced me that this would be my choice. Comparing this to software’s such as iMovie and Sony Vegas pro, this was the best fit for my knowledge and me. This article told me the good and bad things about Final Cut Pro X and most of the bad things are just basics things I can easily ignore, which is great for me because I can always work around the cons.



This source is really effective for me because I have never used Final Cut Pro X before, only the older versions, and I know its really similar but I don’t know a lot of the shortcuts since it is a updated version. This article gives me the ability to learn more about the shortcuts and new cool things I can do with Final Cut Pro X that I never knew about.



This source is really effective for me because “The Weeknd” is really going to be my inspiration through out this whole process. I like the idea of a dark video theme because it creates more of a art piece. The way this video was directed felt amazing to me. Its simple but at the same time its not. The video of is simple but the song makes it not simple, and I like that because it makes me feel like I’m looking through a photo book as the song plays in the background.



This source is really effective for me because it tells me more about the musical side to a music video, you can’t have an amazing video with a horrible song, it just doesn’t work. This article told me about what should be said in a song and what shouldn’t. Know even though I have been writing for a couple of years, I still get sidetracked easily and start to lose the message of the song in my lyrics. This will help me by reminded me my purpose of writing this song and creating it to how I want it.



This source is really effective for me because it tells me about the reason why people wouldn’t want to look at my music video and gave it a chance. It tells me what the viewers want to see, and since this video is only going to be shown on the internet, people on the internet only look for certain things. If that is not given to them they would care less about the video. It also tells me that I have to make the video appealing. I have to know what people want to see, not what I want to put out.



This source is effective for me because it tells me how to create the mood of the video. It tells me how to not have people laugh and be happy about the video when its supposed to be sad. Lighting is one of the effective ways to do that, but I can’t just put a light anywhere and expect it to matter. I have to utilize lighting to my advantage to make my video duskier. Lighting matters a lot when it comes to mood and this article tells me how I can use it to my advantage into create the perfect mood for my video.

Final Video Product: 

Official Video: Click Here

Promo: Click Here 

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Maria Latorre Capstone

Topic Summary:

My goal for this project was to be able to develop a course curriculum for Advance Chem. I also want to be able to understand the effect that a teacher puts into his or her curriculum. I decided to do Advance Chem. because I really love Chemistry. It’s one of my top courses that I would love to major in once I’m in college. I thought that this would give me insight into what a class structure would look like and what are the big points that a student needs to get out of the course. I didn’t know how hard this would have been because as a student we don’t really think of all the work that goes into making a successful curriculum that every student can understand. I didn’t think it would be easy but I also never thought it would be this hard.

Project Abstract:

The initial inspiration behind this project was that I really wanted to be able to say I did something that no one else has ever done. I wanted to be different one of a kind and that is what I got. I have always loved science and that was my second inspiration. I just never thought that this could be the hardest thing I could do. I had a hard time keeping up with my capstone, a healthy social life and good grades. Sometimes I would over work myself or stay up until late just to write up two or three labs; but all in all I think that this is great I was able to get things done. I also learned that a teacher life isn’t as easy as people may think.

Link To My Project Portfolio.

Capstone Bibliography

Hall, James ed. Experimental Chemistry Seventh Edition. Boston Massachusetts: Hartford, 2007. Print.

This is a very good source, I really like this source because it has a lot of information and this information is really useful to my capstone. I the reason is very simple, in the book there are different types of work that can be done in class and that is very important to know. Like the “Idea Gas Law” this is one of the topics that I will be going over because for a Advance Chemistry class this something that everyone should know or should learn when taking this class. This source has short description about the topics that are written inside and then it gives you work that you can do and things that you can explain to the students. Also if I could understand what is happening in the book then the student might understand, too.

I selected this source because it has background information that can support one of the many topics that I will be going over in my Capstone. This also has definitions that we can go over in my class curriculum. I feel like this will work out for me because I learned a lot and I think that this will be really cool and the information is very interesting. I hope that by using this source I will be able to put it together so that I can help the student get the general gizzest of what is happening in the class.

Janet L. Kolodner, Joseph S. Krajcik, Daniel C. Edelson, Brian J. Reiser, Mary L. Starr, eds. Project-Based Inquiry Science Living Together. New York: Jones, 2009. Print.

This is one of the sources that can be help with understanding and teaching. I think that it will be useful to my capstone because this has a lot of facts and information that a teacher should know and that they can teach the student. I think that this is something every important because it was able to teach me new things and if I’m learning something new then that means that maybe the others don’t know it too. This is just to reinforce what I know and what I can teach others for my capstone.

Myers R. Thomas, Tocci Salvatore, Oldham B. Keith, eds. Chemistry Teacher Edition. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2004. Print.

This resources is a book about advanced chemistry. It’s a manual that helps teachers teach students the principles of advanced chemistry. The book tells of different teaching techniques and the best way to execute them to students. This can be helpful due to the fact that I want students to learn something new. I think that this will help me see what a student know and what they don’t know. Since I’m a student I can tell because if I don’t know it then the other students might not know it.

"Next Generation Science Standards." Next Generation Science Standards. Next Generation Science Standards and the Associated Logo Are Registered Trademarks of Achieve, Inc., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. <>.

This source is used to understand what a student at grade k-12 should learn in science class. I will be looking at the grade 6-12 because this is when chem comes into play. I think that this will be used a lot in my capstone because this can help me structur out a class that can work out. It shows the necessary basics to start of a class and also what they should know and learn. There is a lot of information you can get out of this website. You click on one of the topics and it shows you “Science and Engineering Practices”, “Disciplinary Core Ideas” and  “Crosscutting Concepts”. Once you clicked one of the topics it takes you to another website that give you useful information.

"Small-Scale Acid Rain Lab." YouTube. YouTube, 18 Dec. 2012. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

This is a very useful youtube video. The reason for that is because it talks about a lab that I plan to have in my capstone, and it also has a teacher explaining how he would set up the project in his class. I think that this can be very useful because of that fact. This is a great way that I can compare with. Thus why I have it as a source. This also shows you about what you'll need for the lab. Like every chemical and what we are going to do with it. He also explains what had happen when the acid rain was around minerals and organisms .

"Support Materials." CEA Rewarding Learning. N.p., 2014. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

I found this source useful because it this one pdf source that I can used. It’s called Clarification of Terms in CCEA GCE Chemistry this can be very useful because it’s good to know terms; and I was planning to go over some terms that are explained in this pdf. I can also hand it to the students so that they have something that isn’t just google to find a definition for science words that they don’t know or do not remember.

Thompson, Robert Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments All Lab, No Lecture.: Alison Kendall ed. Sebastopol CA: Dale, 2008. Print.

When I reviewed this source I thought that it was reliable and a good source to look at. I was able to find a variety of labs that could work well for my capstone. I thought that it was very informative and had great process guids to do the lab. Though I might need to change some chemicals that they asked to use because we might not have them in school so we have to think of something that is close to being the same chemical. In all this is a very useful source that I plan to be using throughout my capstone.

"Understanding by Design Exchange by ASCD." Understanding by Design Exchange by ASCD. ASCD 69th Annual Conference & Exhibit Show, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. <>.

I selected this source because of the information that it had provided. It helped me know what is needed to make a class. Like the basic understanding of the class what a student should know and what the plan is to make them better. I feel like this could help a lot because it helped me see that the teachers need a ending goal and also how to treat other students because some are slower than the others and sometime a student won’t ask for help so I would need to know when that is happening and also I have to be aware of the students reaction to the work. To make sure that they could learn and understand.

Wiggins, Grant. "Authentic Education - Welcome to Authentic Education." Authentic Education - Welcome to Authentic Education. Authentic Education, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. <>.

This source will just be used to support the other sources that I have because this will only have information on how to make a class; and what is need to make this class.

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YATW - Blog#3 - Agent Of Change

Hey everyone, as you may or may not know my name is Adlynn Gonzalez and this is the ending to my You And The World project. You And The World is a way for you to get involved with a topic you really like and write three blogs about your issue. My issue is reading in Philadelphia and motivating children to read more. My blogs 1 & 2 go into more detail with my topic and if you haven’t read them yet, please do!

While doing more research on my topic, I found that there are companies that are trying to encourage kids to read. At my elementary school, Pizza Hut would have a challenge for students to read as much as they can, document how many hours that they read and at the end of the friendly competition the class with the most reading hours would get a pizza party. Another program I found is called “Book Adventure” and its a fun way for kids to find books, read them, takes quizzes, and earn prizes. I think that these programs are great ways to encourage reading. I like how they motivate kids to appreciate reading more than some already do.

For my Agent of Change ( something to bring awareness to your topic ) I created a book drive. My book drive lasted 3 weeks and I collected more than 40 books to donate to a library that doesn’t have a lot to offer. I was actually surprised by how many people that donated; I wasn’t expecting a lot of people to donate so it was a nice surprise.

Throughout this project I felt kind of important. I felt like even though I am a teen I could make a difference in this world. I learned that other people actually care about this topic as well, and were actually really interested in what I was doing. Hopefully I could do this again next year. Maybe I could host a yearly book drive at my school and have a fundraiser of some sort with it .

There are a few things I wish I could have done better. I wish I would have started my book drive earlier so I could have gotten more donations. I also wish I had a fundraiser to raise money for organizations that promote reading, but things didn’t go as planned. Now all I need to do is give the books to the library and I will have completed my YATW project. Overall, I am so glad that this project was given to my class and if I got the chance to do it again I would. It was a fantastic experience that allowed me to two of my favorite things: promote reading and write. Thank you for reading this blog and I hope I get to do a project like this again!

Book It

Be A Phanatic About Reading

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YATW Blog # 3 - Agent Of Change

Hello! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Many things have transpired and happened over the course of time since I last approached the gritty details of our city’s educational system and situation. During these closing months of the school year I, or we, approached the last portions of our project, by ending with the usual ‘bang’, the part of our assignment when we actually take the time out of our days and make a difference. This is the third and final approach of mine towards this issue and if interested you can read over my first and second blogs here (Number 1), and here (Number 2).  Even though I was supposed to end with a bang and make a compelling mark on the world, I came to the realization that my dreams were bigger than my reality, and my time schedules were harsher than any of the issues I’ve faced so far.

There’s no need to lie, or portray false ambition. I had many chances to grasp amazing opportunities of change, but because of my laid-back mindset my hands were stitched to my side whenever they floated by. As a measure and response to my laziness I conducted large amounts of research, and found many compelling articles and structural pieces surrounding my subject and the details it entails. In my last two posts I introduced the problem and then explained what exactly was wrong comparing the forceful blame onto the School District of Philadelphia or the parents or households of inner-city children.  Towards the beginning of the project my problem approached what had already been done and scores that were already set but I realized that the problem was not what was done, but what hadnt happened yet. You can not change the past but by approaching the present, you CAN change the future.

The Pennsylvania Keystone Exams as described previously, are state-wide standardized tests used previously to measure the “intelligence” of the child taking the exam. Not until this year were the Keystone Exams mandated as a necessary passing requirement for High School graduation. Not only does this anger me but it takes my subject, my problem, to an entirely different level. Now, we have to approach the fact that the kids that previously were receiving low scores just as a “Measure of Intelligence” are now in danger of not graduating High School. Not only is it degrading to see that tests are used to measure intelligence, but now it’s the structure; the requirement for a student’s graduation, ON TOP of everything else required from a High School Student.  As I searched deeper into the matter, the frustration grew and grew when reading an article I found while searching the web again.

"A very large share of Pennsylvania students are entering college — both community college and traditional four year colleges — requiring remediation," she said. "Unfortunately for the students, the remediation courses are not credit-bearing. So they're using college loans to pay for non-credit-bearing courses to teach them the skills they needed to learn in grades K-12."

As said by Donna Cooper, executive director of Public Citizens for Children and Youth

As said, the test is forcing the fundamentals out of high school students and forcing them to throw money and loans away to take courses that arent required to graduate and give no credit whatsoever, just to prepare for the normal courses that give them credit. After careful consideration I chose to do the most simple but straightforward thing possible in order to raise awareness for my cause. During this time the Keystones for other schools and my school were just around the corner and it was detrimental that we passed in order to graduate, not to play into the system but to beat that system. The better we do on Keystones the faster we can focus on fundamentals we need to properly approaching college application. Along with a partner, Brandon Jones, and I, created ordinary posters and posted them on floors will testing will take place in order to raise awareness. The posters ranged from scaring people into doing good to properly motivating Students to do well.

Picture 1 -  This picture shows my partner, Brandon, working on one of our many posters with a lot of concentration, creating a graph that we found on our laptops concerning the drops in test scores.

Picture 2 - Picture 2 shows a poster I created, and posted on a wall which shows the large differences in test scores. The lowest bars in each section are the Latino and African American groups, compared to the high-risen, Caucasian and Asian groups.

Picture 3 - This Final picture shows the unfinished version of a poster that says ¨Dont be a dumby, put something in your tummy¨. The picture is used as a sense of irony to show that whoever wrote it spelled dummy wrong and is infact themselves ¨a dumby¨. But its real purpose is to show that what works best with taking tests is having a healthy breakfast and/or lunch. The drawing portrays healthy fruits and vegetables along with every day foods.

In conclusion I approach the end of my project hoping and feeling like I actually made a difference. Even though it was a small effort it was still my effort, and to me that is all that matters. I plan to continue my research on the matter indefinitely in the future and I hope to contribute to the issue with even larger acts of change. As I final goodbye I’d like to say to anyone Ive raised awareness to I hope for your help and contribution towards this problem more in the future and I’d like to pursue more contributions on my free time when my schedule is better. I am Damir Hunley and this is my Agent of Change!

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Podcast #3

Group Members:
Taylor Ximines
Ananda Knight
Tyikenyua Anthony
Tsion Habtamu

What Our Group Discussed:

Chapters 8,9, and 10.

How We Discussed It:

To discuss this we started at Chapter 8 and went in chronological order by chapter numbers. We had an open discussion about what we read. And then end the end we all explained what we may have or have not learned from this book. 

Any Points of Conflict/Disagreement In Discussion:

Yes when it came to what we learned from the book in general and the way we interpreted the questions for the last chapter. Everyone did not agree on what they learned from the book. This in all of the podcast and discussions was probably the biggest conflict/disagreement that we as a group came up with.


Ending this book we are all wondering now how we can use this to look at statistics differently in the future.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard: Blog#3; Agent of Change

So, I’m back again with my third and final blog post about bullying; depression and suicide. Here’s a recap of blog #1 and blog #2. In blog 1, I talked about facts and statistics about bullying and how it leads to depression and suicide through research. In my blog 2, I talked about the original research that I did. For my original research, I did a survey and had kids at my old school, taking them from grades 6-8. If you would like to read about any one of the posts you can check here, Blog Post #1 and Blog Post #2. Now, for this blog post I’m going to be talking about my Agent of Change. This means, what did I do to make a difference or let others know about how important my topic is which is bullying.

For my Agent of Change, I decided to go to my old school and start a little support group. In this support group, there were children from grades 6-8. Some were in there by choice and others were kind of recommended by teachers and parents.

I chose to create a small support group because often times children are bullied and depressed, but they feel like they have no one to actually talk to. I thought that they would be a little comfortable and more open with children around their age and those who are going through the same things that they are. In the results of my original survey, more than 50% of the children that took it said that they have not told anyone that they were being bullied. So, this was the time to tell someone and be heard. They were given a journal where they would write in. The group was called Sticks & Stones. 



(This is a poster that the kids made about what they felt or thought about cyber bullying. It was not forced upon them. They had the choice to go up themselves if they had something to write.)

I can walk away knowing that I helped kids open up more about what’s going on in their lives, especially if they’re being bullied. This makes me feel amazing and proud because these kids know that it is very important to let their voices be heard. I now know that if I feel strongly about something, maybe the best thing to do is step up and do something. Every voice is important and should be heard.

Some things that could have been done differently is maybe do more activities of getting to know each other. Most of the children did know each other, but others were quiet and a little awkward. I would actually like to continue doing this because it was a nice way to get to know children and hear their stories.

Bullying is a very serious case leading into other serious cases such as depression and suicide. People should be more aware of what the causes and effects are. You never know if someone you know is being bullied. Most times it’s because they don’t share that type of information, but make sure you could make yourself a pair of open ears. They’ll feel more wanted.

I want to thank my old school, Grover Washington Jr. Middle School for helping me get my information and allowed me to work with them. They were amazing and the teachers, especially Ms. Gottesman, Ms. Beckford and more and principal, Mrs. Hargett. Thank you. The biggest thank you goes to my English teacher and advisor Ms. Dunn for giving me the opportunity to work on an incredible and life changing experience. I feel like I am a new and bigger person now because I was able to achieve someon
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Viet Le Capstone

Viet Le & Henry Poeng

Mentor:Ms. Echols

Our Vision: 

As kids, we both had some type of interest in computers and how these magical machines worked. The very machines that lets us surf the web and play our games or watch funny cat videos. As time passed and as we grew up and got jobs, we both decided to make computers. Not from scratch mind you, but make it in the sense that we bought the parts that we wanted and put it together. While it might sound costly, the machines that we built are much better than your average pre-made consumer computers. They are also surprisingly cheaper. One day we had a vision. Why not share with the world our experiences and our knowledge on computer parts? So that’s what we did, and we made a capstone out of it. Our vision is to have a cleverly named website that will teach your everyday average Joe how to build a computer. We envisioned it to have advice, steps and things of that nature. A tutorial website basically. We wanted our potential viewers to appreciate what computers bring to the table, while providing a guide on how to save money while building a powerful rig. So that’s what we did. We didn’t stop there though. We included a brief history on the computer and it’s almost magical advances into modern day technology.

Proof we did it. 

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Helen Kilmartin Capstone


This project was not only a project, I wanted to use this opportunity to help myself and my peers. Since we are all heading to college/military/on our own paths, I realized we will all be emptying our pockets soon enough. So I came up with a way to help everyone out. I’ve been recreating images from pintrest, tumblr, imgfave, and other DIY sights and I realized if I can save money doing this, my peers might want to as well. I made cheap DIY (do it yourself) ideas into public youtube videos. So far I've made some decorations and an impressively easy cheesy bread, I plan to make more videos. By making these youtube videos, I am hoping that I can help my peers save some money during one of the most financially draining parts of our lives. 

Here is the link for my youtube channel, where you can see all of the videos so far!

I've done videos sporadically when I had the resources and time, since the middle of october. Although there are only four right now (not including intro video), I'm in the midst of editing another video showing how I helped another student from SLA with her capstone, and more people have been asking to join the DIWHAT channel. So more videos will be coming!


1. "Valentine's Day Treats & DIY Gift Ideas!." YouTube. YouTube, 26 Jan. 2014. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

Bethany Mota has been one of the biggest inspirations for me, this is one of her latest videos on cute ideas for valentines day. She comes up with so many uniques ideas for her videos, I also want to come up with things people will enjoy learning to make. She really got me started on DIY in my normal life, and it got me started with my capstone idea.  

2."Tumblr." Sign up. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

Tumblr. is a huge part in my project, looking at all of these cool hipster pictures and trying to create the things in them is the capstone. So far I do not have a tumblr. but I will create one so I can find more of these pictures, as of right now I've been using my friends and finding pictures from there.

3."Pinterest." Pinterest. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. <>. 

Pinterest is one of the biggest inspirations in DIY not only for me, but for everyone who has heard of DIY. I get so many interesting ideas from Pinterest for my daily life, and I save some for the youtube channel too. It has everything from cute cupcakes toppers to how to make camo pants. I 100% couldn't do this if pinterest wasn't around. 

4."DIY Network." - Home Improvement How-To & Remodeling Projects. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

The DIY network website shows me how I can create these pictures I see. Since my project is going off of a picture without instructions, I sometimes get lost or need some help. That's when it's time to go to the DIY network website so I can see similar things and get ideas of how to remake the picture I have or how to improve it.

5."DIY Network." America's 10 Worst DIYers :. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

Americas top 10 worst DIYers is a hilarious show about how DIY-ing can go terribly wrong. I always thought that DIY was all about  doing whatever you wanted to make something you would display in your house, and it turns out it is but you need to have the skills to make nice things. I don't have a background in art or any skills but that is the point of my project, to see if a normal person could make these so called "Do it Yourself" projects. I do pick up some skills from this show, just so I don't make too much of a mess. 

6.Matheson, Betsy. DIY projects for the self-sufficient homeowner: 25 ways to build a self-reliant lifestyle. Minneapolis, Minn.: Creative Pub. International, 2011. Print.

I have not actually gotten my hand on this book (physically), but I have read a lot about it on the ebook preview and I have read reviews on Amazon. I am going to try to find it in my local libraries. The reason I think this book could be very influential is because t shows the basics and techniques that skilled DIY-ers like Martha Stewart and such, use when they make things. 

7.Lupton, Ellen. D.I.Y.: design it yourself. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005. Print. 

This book is kind of similar to the last but it is more specialized on the actual design of DIY. Anyone can make a simple cookie sheet turn into an interesting notification board by spray painting it and hanging it on a wall with some magnets, but it takes skill to make it look nice. This book teaches average Joes how to make nothing look like a really nice something. I also want to get my hands on this book sometime before this year is over, but definitely for my presentation.

8."D.I.Y. Glitter Mod Podge Accessories!." YouTube. YouTube, 26 Jan. 2013. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

This is the first video I saw of DIY around this time last year. In this video Brittany Louise Taylor is making her own glitter phone case, I wanted to make my mom one for her birthday but I didn't know how to. I went on Youtube (my generations google) and I looked it up, a year ago hers was the only one up so I clicked on it and got pulled into the DIY world.

9."imgfave - amazing and inspiring images." imgfave. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

This website is kind of like Tumblr and Pinterest had a baby. I went to this website freshmen year, along with a bunch of other freshmen because it wasn't locked in school. I realized that they have a DIY folder and I occasionally go on it, I actually get most of my ideas from this website. Some DIY sites have things on there that skilled artist could do, and this website shows true normal people, like myself, and their projects. 

10."20 Creative DIY Project Ideas." Bored Panda RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>. 

This is the best blog post for bored people who don't want to be bored anymore. If you are laying around the house and want something to do you can pick something off of here and do it. Even though its only 20 ideas, all of them are things that you have in your house. They look intricate and complicated, but they are easy enough that you could do them with a child. 

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Henry's Capstone

Henry Poeng & Viet Le

Ms. Echols


Our Vision:


As kids, we both had some type of interest in computers and how these magical machines worked. The very machines that lets us surf the web and play our games or watch funny cat videos. As time passed and as we grew up and got jobs, we both decided to make computers. Not from scratch mind you, but make it in the sense that we bought the parts that we wanted and put it together. While it might sound costly, the machines that we built are much better than your average pre-made consumer computers. They are also surprisingly cheaper. One day we had a vision. Why not share with the world our experiences and our knowledge on computer parts? So that’s what we did, and we made a capstone out of it. Our vision is to have a cleverly named website that will teach your everyday average Joe how to build a computer. We envisioned it to have advice, steps and things of that nature. A tutorial website basically. We wanted our potential viewers to appreciate what computers bring to the table, while providing a guide on how to save money while building a powerful rig. So that’s what we did. We didn’t stop there though. We included a brief history on the computer and it’s almost magical advances into modern day technology.




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Jalen Smith's Capstone


Cover Page​
Student Name: Jalen Smith

In School Mentor Name: Ms. Martin

Out of School Mentor: Dr. Thomas George, Cosmetic Dentist

Topic Summary: The goal for this project was to allow individuals to learn about the importance of dental health. This information was displayed on a website so that people from all over the world could access such useful information. This information is supported with visual representations.

Project Abstract: During my sophomore and junior year in high school I have had the opportunity to shadow at one of the best cosmetic dental practices in the city of Philadelphia, Deme. Deme, ran and operated by Dr. Thomas George was willing to give me the experience that was unforgettable. It was his goal to provide me with enough background being as though I have had such a strong interest in dentistry, almost throughout my whole life. During my time with Dr. George we have reflected on the key issues that came up at his office. We felt that many people who came to his office brought up issues that could have been prevented. From this notion, we have felt the need to intervene and to do something bigger than just trying to fix the issues through procedures. We thought that it would be best to educate people about the importance of dentistry throughout the entire world. By using a website to display detailed information about dentistry it was our prediction that people would improve their oral health. 

As a developer for this website there were many skills that I have mastered over time. I have learned to get over the fear of interacting with people and have learned to build confidence to ask questions. I have also learned how to be more proactive, especially when working with a professional who works on deadlines. In the future I plan to continue the work that I have started. Although I have many years before I become an orthodontist I would like to continue to educate myself and others about the importance of dentistry because dentistry is one of the central backbones to a healthy and prosperous life.

Capstone Annotative Bibliography

The Dental Insider Website

Background Information

"Dentists: Doctors of Oral Health." American Dental Association, 30 Jan 2014. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <;.

This source would be a beneficial source to use for this project because this source covers the basic roles of a dentist. It is very important that one knows and has a great relationship with their dentist, especially if they would need to improve there dental health. Dentists are the ones that make sure that there dental health is up to par. This website not only introduces the role of a dentist but they also talk about different forms of dentistry which appear to be very important for this project.

Dental, Delta. "Healthy smile, healthy you: The importance of oral health." Delta Dental, 12 May 2011. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

I’ve decided to choose this website because this website also focuses upon the importance of oral health. This website talks about how bad oral concepts could lead into life threatening diseases, such as Diabetes, Leukemia, Oral Cancer, Pancreatic Caner, Heart Disease and Kidney Disease. This website lists ways people could avoid these problems from occurring in there lives. I believe that this information is appropriate for people to know and this would become a wake up call for a lot of people.

Orenstein, Beth. "A Guide to Good Personal Hygiene." Every Day Health, 20 May 2009. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <;.

This website was very useful because it addresses poor dental hygiene hints at other issues and good habit that can help keep someone healthy. This website was mainly a tip guide, persuading people to do certain things in order to stay on track. They say that flossing is really important and  helps reduce bad breathe and helps reduce inflammation of the gums. Having a great diet can also become beneficial to oral health.

Kittredge, Clare. "Maintaining Good Dental Care Habits." Every Day Health, 20 May 2014. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <;.

This website was very useful as well because it dug deeper into dental hygiene. This website talked about the consequences of poor oral hygiene. The one thing that really stood out to me was that fact that poor oral hygiene invites plaque to accumulate around the base of your teeth and gun line, causing your gums to become red and inflamed. These stages are the first stages for periodontal disease. A lot of people have to avoid these symptoms.

Healthy lives, Healthy Mouths. "Healthy Mouths Healthy Lives." Healthy Mouths Healthy Lives, n.d. Web. 30 Jan 2014. < to Ask Your Dentist/>.

This website has been really effective during my research phase. The reason why I really thought that it was useful was because this website talks about how people can ask important questions to there dentist about there oral health. Sometimes not everyone could ask the right questions about there oral health to there dentist. I believe that incorporating this information in the website would give others ideas as to what they should ask on there dental visits.

George, Thomas. Personal Interview. 12 Dec 2013.

Dr. George was an extremely useful source for this project because he opened up his practice for me to observe what he normally does on a regular basis. He is someone who I normally go to for dental questions. He is also someone who actually helps to enhance my project website. Also I have to opportunity to ask questions to his patients regarding there oral health. 

Johnson, Sandy. "Tips For Fresh Breath." Bright Now! Dental, 12 Dec 2013. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

In today’s society many people struggle with bad breathe. This website touches upon the aspect of bad breathe and I believe the information that supply on this website would be good information to include on my website. I believe that it is good for people to know information about how people could reduce bad breathe.

Johnson, Sandy. "Caring for Braces." Bright Now! Dental, 12 Sep 2013. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

Many teens like myself have braces and sometimes it is hard to maintain them. This website is a great website that supplies information on how to maintain braces the right way. It’s good to allow people with braces to know how care for there braces. The most important things must know is how to still have great dental hygiene despite the fact that the braces may be in the way.

Johnson, Sandy. "Benefits of a Drinking Straw ." Bright Now! Dental, 23 Jul 2013. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

I thought that this website blog was very interesting because this blog talks about how there is a benefit to drinking out of a straw and how it could help with dental hygiene. I believe that this information could possibly go on the website because this information could be tips. I also thought that this topic was very interesting in general because not too many people talk about straws and dentistry.

Johnson, Sandy. "Oral Care for Dogs." Bright Now! Dental, 20 Jun 2013. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

I thought that this information was useful because this information not only focused upon human dental hygiene but it focused upon animal dental health. I wanted my website to focus on a variety of dental health and by incorporating both human and animal dental health I think that it would make my website very unique. A lot of people have animals and I think it would be useful to learn things about there animals dental health.

Videos (The titles speak for itself)

DMTV Episode 4 - Hygienist Visit Full Mouth Dental Cleaning. You Tube, 2013. Film.

This video is useful because it gives great tips for maintaing great oral health. This video talks about the importance of scheduling a dental cleaning and what you must do in the meantime to prepare for it. It also touches upon the procedures done during the visit.

Top 10 Dental Health Tips: Oral Hygiene. You Tube, 2013. Film.

This video is very useful to this website because it discusses the ten simple ways to improve your oral health. This video was important because it helps to explain the steps towards maintaining great home care.

How to brush your teeth? Learn in 4 simple steps!. You Tube, 2011. Film.

I’ve used this video because many people come to the dental office with issues all because there methods for brushing and flossing are poor. With this being said they have poor results. This video revisits the concept of brushing teeth. Although some people feel as though there brushing habits are great some times it is always good to revise the way they brush.

BIOLASE Technology on the Balancing Act. Dir. John Fan. You Tube, 2011. Film.

I used this video because millions of people are afraid to go to the dentist office due to the pain, grinding noises of the drill and needles. Now a days new technologies are trying to reduce the fear patients have in the dental office. With the development of Bio-Lase theres no need to have anxiety because this technology allows patients to experience a pain free visit. 

Oral Cancer Screening. You Tube, 2014. Film.

It was important for me to have posted this video to my website because there are many people who are diagnosed with cancer. Oral cancer is one of them. This video discusses what it is, how it is treated and what can be done to prevent it.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy You. You Tube, 2009. Film.

This video was very very important to my website because it helps people to understand that having a healthy mouth means that you can have a healthy life. This video touches upon all of the things that you can do in order to maintain great oral health.

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Zakee Jones Capstone

As the time I have spent at SLA me and my partner have been gathering data on people around Philadelphia and have put together a documentary on people's opinion on what  should do to solve this problem of Philadelphia neighborhood crime. This video is trying to get people to be awear of the situation that the city is in. During my time with this video I really learned about about Philadelphia history and the people surrounded by it.

Zakee Jones  


  1. The Dynamics of Neighborhood Change in Brewerytown, Philadelphia

Summary- So When I reading this Korobin rob was giving his report on a neighborhood named  Brewerytown. and to pretty much sum up his whole article on it was that  it was doing really poor  so they pretty much abounded it and the city stop working on it for the moment until  over time the city budget brought back enough to get most of the house back. But by the time this happened. most of the Neighborhood had a different type of local and they where happy with the way it was. so he was trying to find out is it the right thinking for the city to take it back but it isnt that great looking.

 Spot crime is  like a Neighborhood crime watch that looks at all of the  crimes that goes on in each Neighborhood in philly. And that helps a lot because when we are traveling we can look at the really bad Neighborhoods that people talk about so we can look at the when the changed that first  happenedduring the time period. as it shows on the charts.

Southwest Center City is the neighborhood bounded by South Street, Broad Street, Washington Avenue, and The Schuylkill River. It's an area sometimes called South of South or Graduate Hospital they are pretty much are trying to clean up the city over all. they see phily as one whole neighborhood over all. WCC is growing at an amazing pace. Everywhere you look, new row homes, new corner cafes, restaurants, and bars are adding to the amenities that have long characterized this neighborhood. All of these things make Southwest Center City a great place to live and work it involved with other program like the ymca also.

This neighborhoods talks about the origins of what philly was like before what was going on in the city. they were going into detail of each place in the city was like at one point.It was giving me a ideal of what it places were like. I think that this could be helping me a lot with notes at brings me up to speed with it time era.

This has to be one of my best scores so far because this has a data base telling me everything that from tribe times to the current times on what locals where like back then. it gives you what life has changed for people living in center city and  events that happen during that  neighborhood. if it could talk about crimes happening during that time that could also really help me with this capstone a lot more.

During the city history a neighborhood name appeared many times in our sources. Bridesburg, for example, first appeared on the 1839  map we consulted and then reappeared in 15 other of our sources up to the present day. Logan, which many Philadelphia-neighborhood aficionados think of as old, appeared in none of our early sources. Of course, Logan is in this list, as are truly esoteric neighborhoods. it was mapped out all around the city. old building that people are trying to fix to stop hight people from buying it

This lady named Tara clapper is talking about her own personal history with north philly because growing up he school and  her neighborhood was all she had. Crime rates and murder where up really high so she talks about how it wasn’t really safe for her to do anything out side. North Philly was historically a more prosperous area. Today, some sections of this neighborhood at large are undergoing attempted gentrification. The Neighborhood Transformation Initiative garnered funding to demolish abandoned and decrepit buildings, replacing them with newer tract homes. She just brings up  facts that happens in the city and the causes of things.

This website shows a map that is pointing put where crimes are being committed the most common place that people talk about. the city itself has so much going on that the.Dating back to Jan. 1, 2006. Each incident is tagged to a location in the city, making it possible to map assaults across the years, or vehicle thefts near your home address within the last 30 days. this can help in so many ways with knowing how to date the history of of philadelphia. a  group named town watch is looking over philly so far they are trying to make the city safe for all but hey aren’t sure how can they bring the people togeather. they take groups of people to walk around philly. the way the site works is that you can make a request  to do a meeting fot it. people. they post documents  on what happening once a week so they like a city wide meeting with everyone. they are also connected to something called philly 311 that is like a watc station tha looks over philly for case that inloves the neighborhood.

 according to this arcitle by liz spikol she consiceders  West Mt. Airy to be the most darruougs think in philly., according to the what Technically Philly’s Juliana Reyes calls the Inquirer’s “beautiful” crime app. “In the last 30 days, West Mt. Airy has been the most peaceful neighborhood in the city. That is to say, its violent crime rate clocks in at zero, she goes deep into the history for crimes happening all around town. 

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YATW Blog #3: Agent of Change

Hello again, my name is Tomas Arango, a 9th grader at Science Leadership Academy, and I’m back for my final and last blog post for my You and The World issue, U.S Media Bias. It’s a topic that really matters to me out to me because when I read or watch the news  I always notice media bias and it can bother me sometimes. In my first blog post I introduced my issue and why it mattered to me, and gave several examples of media bias. In my second blog post I focused on my original research which was a survey I created and posted on social media websites for my friends and family to take part of. In this final blog post I will be focusing on my action of change.

For this last section of the project we were supposed to go out into the world and make a change and inform people about our issue. I decided to create a presentation for my advisory and inform them about U.S Media Bias, while also seeing what they already knew.  I wanted to make a presentation that wasn’t just me talking, I wanted my classmates to be able to interact. So I started of by asking my advisory what they thought media bias then providing them with an accurate description of what it really is.

My classmates were interested in my presentation and engaged in mini discussions when I asked them questions, like what examples of media bias have they noticed, and what news organizations did they see it the most from. We discussed the issues of media bias and their opinions on why it’s bad.Many of the students answered with similar saying that the news makes other countries look bad and make stereotypes about religion especially Islam. I also showed video examples such as a Stephen Colbert episode when he talks about the Norway shooting incident and how media immediately jumped to conclusions and blamed it on Islam and Al-Qaeda. Video Link here. But I also included a video related to the presidential campaign with Obama and Romney where the news source took sides with one the candidates and made the other look bad. I was surprised on how aware some of my classmates were of the issue, but I was also glad that I got to show and inform my peers about the issue.

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          Showing the definition of media bias


Asking questions and interacting with students


           Showing video examples of media bias


Student taking part in discussion

Media Bias still occurs about every week. Media sources false report events or decide to focus on celebrities and their private life instead of the more important issues going on in the world. For example the other I was watching the news and the headline was Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, and I thought that was pretty absurd. Focusing on the life of a celebrity rather than the issues of the world is pretty dumb. The news also makes  other countries look bad because of their pasts. All of this creates issues, it can change peoples views on certain places and religions just because of a single news report. It also makes our country look like ignorant and single sided when it comes to our views of other places. It’s as if we think we are so much better than all the other countries.  I wanted my Agent of Change to inform people of the traps of media and to watch out that they fall for them.

This project has been a wonderful experience. I never thought I would do a project like this and I really liked the whole idea of it. The process of it was great because I got write a topic I was passionate about and enjoyed. I got to research information about my topic and learn great new things about my topic. At first I was a bit nervous because it took me a while to come up with a topic but once I found one everything went smoothly. One thing I wish I could of done better was have more time for my advisory presentation because I had to share a class period with another student. I think if I would of had a whole advisory period I would have been able to have more interactive time with my peers. I want to thank Ms. Dunn for the awesome project idea, Ms. Lucy, and everyone who helped out with filling out my survey, and took part in my advisory presentation.

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Ellen To - Capstone



 Project Abstract:


My capstone is a mini-exhibit on cesarean sections at the College of Physicians. I focused on the history and growth of the cesarean sections and how it has modified with the changing time periods and health regulations. The mini-exhibit is place on the lower level floor of the museum where the uteruses are. It will have a timeline highlighting the changes of the cesarean sections and how it has progressed to this day. Along with the timeline, there is a sculpted cesarean section uterus. The goal of this project is to develop a deeper understanding on childbirth and its change throughout history, specifically cesarean sections.


Process Paper:


My capstone is a mini-exhibit on cesarean sections at the College of Physicians. I focused on the history and growth of the cesarean sections and how it has modified with the changing time periods and health regulations. The mini-exhibit is place on the lower level floor of the museum where the uteruses are. It will have a timeline highlighting the changes of the cesarean sections and how it has progressed to this day. Along with the timeline, there is a sculpted cesarean section uterus.


I chose to do this project because throughout my high school career, I have been interested in pursing nurse-midwifery and expanding my knowledge in women’s health. I also wanted to expand my knowledge of the museum and expand the knowledge of those who visit the museum through my mini-exhibit. This will ensure that I am teaching at least one person a day through the museum.


Because of my four-year relationship with the College of Physicians, I was able to work with them to incorporate more information about the impact of women’s health and the changes it has gone through. Since it was at the museum, I had to make sure that I followed both the museum regulations while incorporating the core values of Science Leadership Academy. The Museum regulations required that I kept my work consistent with the surrounding specimens and that all of my information was verified.


When it came to incorporating Science Leadership Academy’s core values, the inquiry focused around the myths, regulations, and information on cesarean sections. I was able to use the inquiry behind the topic of birth and share it with the museum visitors through the timeline, sculpture, and diagrams. For research, I researched the history of cesarean sections and pulled out key points of the changes that took place as time progressed. I also researched some procedures and tips on how to make the uteruses of a cesarean section birth and a vaginal birth. My project collaborated with my mentors at the College of Physicians and the teachers at Science Leadership Academy. As for presentation, I want to present my capstone to the Science Leadership Academy community and the Museum visitors and community. I hope to invite people who are interested in health on an opening night event at the museum and allow them to tour the museum and be the first to see my mini exhibit. Throughout this process, I have reflected on the classes that I have taken inside and outside of Science Leadership Academy throughout my high school career.


During the first quarter, I collaborated with the Museum and my doula-training groups. Together, we came up with a plan to have a cesarean section theme and have timeline, sculpture, and some museum specimens. I spent the first quarter finding out the limits and regulations that I had. During the second quarter, I focused on my exhibit and creating the sculptures and timeline. During the third quarter, I was faced with some health issues and could not work on my capstone. I think that was a big obstacle that I had to overcome but with time, I overcame it and was able to start working on my capstone. Towards the end of third quarter, everything started coming together and my Museum mentors and I worked together to plan, illustrate, and check over my capstone as the Museum’s very own mini-exhibit.


In the end, my capstone was completed and I am most proud of the turnout of the cesarean section sculpture because it not only teaches people but it incorporates all that I have learned throughout my high school career. From this whole capstone process, I learned that mini-exhibits take a lot of time and work to complete and I learned the change in cesarean sections throughout history. If I could do this capstone all over again, I would allow more time for my sculpture and timeline to come together. I think that Science Leadership Academy is a better place because I am a student that shows that I can pull together all of the programs that I have done and reflect on them through my projects and show other student that they can also reflect on other outside of school programs through their capstone.


Capstone Presentation: Mini-Exhibit 


The Cesarean Section Mini Exhibit will be up for display the week of June 9th, 2014. Below is a picture of where my capstone will be displayed. 

- more pictures coming soon - 


Capstone Timeline 


The History of the Cesarean Section


1543: Andreas Vesalius created a detailed description of the female reproductive organ presented in De Corporis Humani Fabrica.


1598: Jacques Guillimeau’s book on midwifery introduced the term “section”.


Early 1600s: The Chamberlen Clan in England introduced obstetrical forceps to aid the extraction of the fetus.


1787 – 1876: An estimate states that not a single woman survived a cesarean section in Paris. Surgeons mistakenly believed that the muscles of the uterus would contract and close spontaneously.


Late 1800s: Better access to human cadavers lead to a better understanding and preparation to the surgical processes.


1876: Eduardo Porro, an Italian professor, advocated for hysterectomy (the removal of every part of the uterus) after a cesarean section. This prevented many infections and hemorrhaging.


1882: Max Saumlnger made such a strong case for uterine sutures that surgeons started to change their practice.


1880 – 1925: Obstetricians experimented with transverse incisions in the lower segment of the uterus and this procedure reduced the risk of infection and uterine rupture.


1894: The first cesarean section was successfully performed in the United States.


1928: Alexander Fleming discovered Penicillin. Penicillin is an antibiotic that is used to treat many types of infections.


1938: Almost half of the births in the United Sates were taking place in hospitals.


1940: Penicillin was purified as a drug and because readily available and dramatically reduced the death of mothers and their newborns during birth. This also accelerated the trend of medically managed pregnancy and childbirth. The experience of giving birth became less frightening.


Late 1940s – Early 1950s: Hormonal pregnancy tests were taking place to confirm fetal existence. Ultrasounds because highly important when looking at fetal development.


1955: 95% of births were taking place in hospitals.


1970: The cesarean section birth rate was about 5%.


Early 1970s: Heart monitors lead to fetal monitoring which allowed doctors to track the fetal heart rate and indicated any signs of distress.


1980 – 1985: The ability to track the fetal heart rate and indicate any sign of distress caused a huge increase in cesarean sections.


Present: 1 in 7 women experience complications during labor and delivery due to past conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, pelvic abnormalities, hypertension, and infectious diseases. Cesarean sections have become the go-to procedure when these complications take place.


2011: 31.3% of births in the United States were cesarean section births.



Works Cited:



Black, Naima. "Maternity Care Coalition: Doula Training 20 Week Classes." MCC Doula

Training. Doulas of North America. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. . Address.


This source is a class that I have been attending since the start of my Senior year. It is a North Philadelphia community based program for maternity and pregnancy aid. I am currently training to be a Certified Doula for mothers-to-be who cannot afford it. I selected this source because it has given me a lot of hands on information on the pros and cons of choosing a certain birth plan. I have also been prepared to talk to mothers-to-be about all of the different birth processes that can take place that are more beneficial to the mother and the baby instead of her original plan. With the information that I have learned from this program, I have seen graphic videos of both a vaginal birth and cesarean section birth and the steps leading up to the births. One limitation of this source is that I have seen the videos of what occurs outside of the body instead of the inside of the baby.


"Cesarean Birth." UVA Health. Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, 2014.

Web. 29 Jan. 2014.



I came across this source during a Google search. I am able to use this source for when I am drawing my diagram of both fetuses in the womb that are taken out vaginally and through cesarean section. I select this source for the diagram and the sketch of my sculpture for the cesarean section birth because of the incorporation of the womb, the positioning of the baby, and the doctor’s involvement in this process. I found this sources useful because I was able to use this to lay down a foundation of my sculpture of the cesarean section birth. One limitation of this source is that it does not label any of the body parts in the womb which makes it harder to research and incorporate into the sculpture and drawing due to the color of the womb.


"Children's Hospital of Wisconsin." Anatomy: Fetus in Utero. Children's Hospital of

Wisconsin, 2013. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.



I choose to use this source because of the diagram, definition, and discreet colors that were portrayed in this source. I was able to base a large part of my sketch of my sculpture of a vaginal birth uterus. I selected this source because of its colors, organization, and the information that was offer. This source has the fetus in the womb and showed that parts the fetus passes to enter the birth canal and work its way out of the mother’s body. I was also able to base my whole vaginal birth idea around this one diagram while still having the flexibility of being able to add more to the womb and emphasize each of the body parts through the different colors. One limitation to this source is that it is very general and shows a very basic diagram. I would have liked to see more detail and description with the birth process and birth canal.


Epstein, Randi Hutter. Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to

the Sperm Bank. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010. Print.


This source is a book that was lended to me from the Program Director at the Mütter Museum. I was able to read different sections of the book that focused around the history of cesarean sections. I was able to read about the cesarean section birth through out history and all of the myths that surrounded the topic. I selected this source because I will be incorporating a timeline on the history of cesarean sections into the mini exhibit. This will show the history of cesarean sections throughout the world all in one place. This will be very helpful because there are a lot of mixed ideas of this topic. One very big limitation that I have seen from this source is that there aren’t a lot of specific dates for the important events that have happened in the past.


"How to Make Cernit Sculpt Doll." How to Make Cernit Sculpt

Doll:ãµãƒ¼ãƒ‹ãƒƒãƒˆç²˜åœŸã§OOAK Baby - YouTube. Youtube, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.





This was a video that I stumbled upon while research a “Do-It-Yourself” sculpting guide to newborn babies. This is a very helpful source because it is tutorial on how to make a hollow newborn head that has a detailed process on how to mold the clay and shape it in a way that looks like a newborn. I selected this source because it has helped me see that I will have to work a lot on the face of the baby and depict the important facial expressions of both a vaginal birth newborn and cesarean section newborn. One limitation to this source is that I think that I will not have the materials to make the same molds and movements that the person in the video did.


Interview with Peter Morgan, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA. 29 Jan. 2014.


Peter Morgan is my instructor at the Clay Studio. I was able to bring in my sketches for the wombs and the fetuses. I started working on the bottom of the wombs and I was able to talk to him about sculpting the fetuses and still keeping them hollow so they have enough time to dry and not blow up in the kiln. This also leads to the problem of a collapsed baby if the clay at the top becomes too heavy. He suggested that I not only make sketches but use some clay to sculpt a smaller sculpture to figure out all of the kinks that happen. This will allow me to use the smaller figures as a back up and first draft instead of going into the sculpting process worrying what the problems might be. He was a helpful source of information because of his experience with clay. One limitation of this source is because he is not always around the Clay Studio.


Kennedy, Pam. "SCULPTING BABIES - Hand." Pinterest. N.p., Feb. 2013. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>.


While searching for tutorials on sculpting a newborn baby’s body parts, I found this pictured tutorial of how to sculpt a baby’s hand. This is very helpful because I now know where to start and I can start comple all of the tutorial pictures and bring them into practice and see what I need to sculpt. While finding this picture tutorial on the hand, I also found another tutorial on how to sculpt a baby’s foot and thi will incorporate nicely into my baby because both critical parts of the body are from the same creator. One limitation from this source is that the creator does not show me how to sculpt the rest of the body which could call for some mistakes when trying to connect the baby’s body together.


Kochenour, Niel K. "Physiology of Normal Labor and Delivery: Part I and II." Human

Reproduction, Lectures:. U of U College of Medicine, 1997. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.



This source shows the steps and process of a cesarean section birth which is extremely helpful because this will allow me to understand all of the terms when it comes to talking about and presenting my research and information on my historical timeline on  cesarean section. This source also provides a very helpful diagram that shows the importance of why doctors have to make a lower incision and shows the impact of a  cesarean section on the fetus. It also talks about where and how the baby is taken out. One limitation to this source is that there aren’t any historical resources or research that comes from or with this source.


Long, Tony. "Jan. 14, 1794: First Successful Cesarean in U.S." Conde Nast Digital,

14 Jan. 2011. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.



This source provides information about a mother that has the first cesarean section in the United States of America. It takes the readers through the process and mindset of the mother, the father, and the doctors involved. I can use this source to help me see the differences from the past cesarean sections compared to what is done today. This source can also point out some differences of the steps through the differences in the time periods. I selected this source because I thought that it would be important to focus on what has happen in the United States regarding cesarean sections. One limitation to this source is that there aren't any other resources offered to readers regarding the dates and events of cesarean section births.


Weiss, Robin E. "Cesarean Section Photos: Step-by-Step." Pregnancy & Childbirth., 2014. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. <>.


This source allowed me to explore the steps of performing a cesarean section birth through descriptions and very gore-y pictures. This allowed me to factor in the incision length and see the where and how each person in the room (whether the nurse, doctor, family member, etc.) would affect the mother and the baby. I liked this source because I was able to see the steps and that gave me a foundation on the research I will be reading. One limitation to this source is that there aren't any other resources offered to readers that regarded the dates and events of cesarean section births.


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Danielle Little Capstone

​Name: Danielle Little 

Mentor: Mrs. Hirschfield; first hand experience with budget cuts and counselor systems. 

Abstract: For my capstone I decided to create an event sponsored by The Philly School Counselor Union. Within the event there will be an awarded scholarship, a documentary produced by Dalena Bui and myself, which is followed by a panel discussion. The event is focused on the budget cuts, but from a students point of view. I am majoring in Arts Management which is very similar to the curriculum within my major. The event will be held at TFI on June 12th at 5:30pm. The artifacts from my capstone will be uploaded after the event date. 

Event Invitation: Invite
Documentary: LINK!
Bibliography: LINK!

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Rosemarie Knibbe Capstone

My name is Rosemarie Knibbe and my capstone mentor has been Ms. Hull. I chose her to be my mentor because she is my advisor and has heard me talk about my relationship with the youth group and understands my role there. I also had an out of school mentor, Kirsten Mertus. My relationship with Kirsten is not through her job but through my youth group. She is a youth leader there and has been a part of my life since I was in middle school. I selected her to be my outside mentor because she would be helping me pull together the retreat and she has an understanding of how the event would have to play out. 

My capstone was to organize and lead a girls weekend retreat with my church's youth group. I also after the weekend I put together a guide on how to plan the retreat. I learned that there is a lot more planning that goes into these events than I thought. Other than that I learned the skills of how to pull together and event and how to make sure that all aspects work out. 


+ Graceful- Emily P Freeman

Freeman, Emily. Graceful. Letting go of your try-hard life. Grand Rapids: Revell, 2012. Print.

This source provides information about the message that the retreat is going to be centered around. I actually found this book which inspired me to make the message what this book is about. I wanted to find something that was relatable to the girls in their current lives and this book covers that. The source has been super helpful for me to figure out how to put my lesson together and how I can best approach the topic.

+ Redefining Beautiful- Jenna Lucado and Max Lucado

Lucado, Jenna, and Max Lucado. Redefining Beautiful. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009. Print.

I chose this book because the topic really relates to things that girls during their teenage years struggle with. I wanted to make sure that they get the most out of this weekend and this book will help me to know what to say. This book covers a lot of different topics about what real beauty is and how to embrace who you are. These are core things that teenage girls need to know.

+ Bible

The Bible . Crossway Bibles, 2007. Print.

I used the Bible to find verses that apply to the theme. In my religion (christianity), the bible is the guide full of how to live your life to honor God. I chose this because I can’t have a retreat with lessons and not use the bible since it is the foundation of our beliefs.

+ Previous retreat packet

Ethridge, Shannon, and Stephen Arterburn. Girls Retreat May 6&7 2011 adapted from Every Young Woman's battle. 2011. Print.

This source is incredibly useful. This is the packet that they used for lessons in the previous years when they had a retreat. To me I was so excited that I was able to get my hands on this. I wanted to  be able to base what I did on previous things that worked. This packet will show me how things were done before so that I will have a better idea about how the lessons should work.

+ Previous retreat schedule

Heather, Cobb. Girl’s retreat Schedule. 2010. Print.

Along with the retreat packet this was also super helpful. I wasn’t able to remember everything that we did. I also couldn't remember how it was broken down time wise. I am going to use this, and replicate a similar schedule. Previously the time frames worked and so I now know how to make the weekend pan out and have it be a good time for everyone.

+ Teach the Ordinary Person’s Guide to teaching Students the Bible

Jackson, Allen. Teach the Ordinary Person's Guide to Teaching Students the Bible. Clarity Publishers, 2008. Print.

I am not a person who has had distinct bible classes since I was in middle school. My biblical knowledge is not as vast as people who are older and study it. This book is helpful in showing me how to teach and run a lesson without worrying about not being taught how.

+ Praying in Color

MacBeth, Sybil. Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God. Paraclete Press, 2007. Print.

A big struggle in the christian faith is the manor of praying and a lot of times it can be a stumbling block for people. There is the distractions that show up and make it hard to talk to God. This book as been super helpful to me in how to pray in a way that will enable you to stay focused on your conversation with God and to also remember to pray throughout the day. I chose to add this because I want to somehow show the girls this way of doing things.

+ 4 questions event planning

“4 questions to help Youth Ministry Event planning." N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

This site was helpful for me to get in the mindset that I needed to be in. It had me question what my motives were and what I wanted to achieve. It gave me a good idea of what kind of things the weekend should make happen. I do wish that the site had more things to think about but for now it works well.

+Crazy Love

Chan, Francis. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God. 1st ed. David C. Cook, 2008. Print.

This book is all about Gods love for us and how vast it is. That is one of the main themes of all the lessons and this book will help make clear how to say those things. It will also help me know those things and apply them to my life.

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Name: Katherine Hunt

Official Mentor(s): - My mentors were Rashaun Williams and Ms. Rami. The reason that I decided to have them as my mentor is because they were able to set me up with adequate resources and materials that I could benefit from. Rashaun was part of helping me with local and global issues as well as outreach in communities, where Rami was great to pitch ideas to and just have as someone who believed in my writing. I was able to use Ms. Rami’s class as an outlet as expression, which later led to me creating my blog.

Summary: My capstone is based on education. It is about spreading awareness of issues in our community, being a thought leader, and helping people help themselves.


My Capstone was based off of education….

For my capstone I decided to create a blog related to nothing specific. I realized I ended up talking about teen things anyway like love and stuff like that, which was fine because it was basically just an outlet where I could be inspired to write whenever I wanted. It was pretty cool because I knew that people were constantly reading my posts online, but I did not know who, which was the best part.

For the work that was done with Rashaun, I first wanted to do journalism, which basically failed. I did not believe in myself, and I did not find it to be worth my time. I was not enjoying it, and I knew that is when I had to stop. However, we joined in on Global Youth Service Day and the Darrell Manning Case, which was great because I got to witness news instead of hearing it on television. We also conducted videos on several occasions for our global warming awareness campaign, which later led to a video that was made from an affiliated group that Rashaun is in.

Rashaun also helped us gain the experience about learning about entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Once we became certified at the Wharton School of Business, we then were able to do the outreach in our community. Our first attempt at teaching the students failed, whereas our next tactics was teaching the Rami Advisory.

This played hand in hand because I decided to student teach Geometry during what was suppose to be my lunch period along with the fact that I was already student teaching Biochemistry with Mr. Sherif. With teaching myself previously for the SAT and getting tutoring myself from Mr. Garvey, I was able to make an impact on the children in Geometry. When it came to Biochem I was already a tad bit prepared after taking an Microbial Identification course at North Carolina State University, which kept me sharp and ready to educate others. This capstone was about educating myself and then educating others. I am a firm believer that with the individual growth of one person, starts the advancement of societal growth.

Here is my Capstone website of my blog:

Here is our group Phresh Philly Website (we will soon be making our own individual bios):

Here’s a wiki I made on David Levithan… This is mentor text I used:

Annotated Bibliography:

Bartel, Julie. "One Thing Leads to Another: An Interview with David Levithan." The Hub RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2014.


-I used this to give a brief biography of David Levithan on my website because I thought that it would be good to learn about what drives a writer like him to write.

"David Levithan." David Levithan. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. <>.

-This website was helpful because David Levithan was one of the primary resources that I used in order become inspired with my writing. In fact, he is the only reader who book that I read, which is probably why I sticked in the realm the a similar genre.

Green, John, David Levithan, and Irene Vandervoort. Will Grayson, Will Grayson. New York: Dutton, 2010. Print.

-This is the works cited for the book Will Grayson by David Levithan.

Levithan, David. Wide Awake. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006. Print.

-This is the works cited for the book wide awake by David Levithan.

"The Lover's Dictionary Quotes." By David Levithan. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. <>.

-This is a website full of David Levithan quotes that I read.

Morgan, Nick. "Thinking Of Writing A Book? Here's What You Need To Know." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 22 Oct. 2013. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. <>.

- The Forbes magazine that I included was great because I was able to understand why writing is important and different type of tactics that I could use not only to become a better writer, but how to come onto a track of becoming a better writer one day.

N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

-I used twitter for this mainly because David Levithan had his own twitter page, so it felt very leisurely just going on his twitter page to actually learn and read, but the more I did it the more I found myself willing to write.

My main resources used were speaking to Rashaun and hearing and local and global events. For anatomy I used tons of resources, where is was mostly a text book and just study guides I was given... Keith Weiglet from University of Pennsylvania was also a resource because he taught us about business and entrepeneurship.

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Blog #3 Adoption and Effects on people

This is my third blog for my adoption piece. I have written two other blogs about adoption. My first blog was all about what I knew and why I wanted to study adoption. My second blog was about what I have learned from adoption. This blog is to incorporate all of that and something I was able to do out side the world called Agent of Change. My topic is adoption and the effects it has on adopted children. There are a lot of people don't understand about adoption when it comes down to the child. Adopted children are as affected as the adoptive parents. I am so close to this topic not just because I am adopted but I understand what it can be like not truly understanding where you fit in. This is my post for change and its the last phase of this project that I am doing.

Adopting kids is something that is very hard to explain to people who never gone through the process. There are many details but the out come is amazing and it can change the lives of the people that are adopting and the adopted. I want people to understand the myths and the facts to adoption. Myth vs Fact can be very closely related to one another. I did a Power Point presentation on adoption to my classmates. I wanted to know how much they knew about adoption and see if they could pick out the Myth from fact. My classmates where able to pick up on the myths and facts about adoption. The Power point that I made had information on adoption as well as a true or false game. The game had statements that  I heard as well as question that are most comenly asked. There are a lot of things that happen behind the scene way before and after children are adopted. So this presentation was so I could get the message out there that there are two sides to everything.

There is a lot of things that when you think about it seem very complicated and difficult to understand. Adoption to a lot of people can seem like that but once you get the ball rolling it can become much easier to see the right path. Adoption has a lot of emotion attached to it. The child is to be give to people that love and can take care of the child. The new parents that take the child in is to have a new member of their family. But there can be a lot of heart ache because sometimes the child can emotional get along. It can be a struggle because they have come so far. Adoption finds kids that have no home a place to live and at the end of the day every child has a born right to have a loving home.

My change so far in this project was to really tell my story and inform people about adoption. I feel like this agent of change work that I have done has started a conversation on adoption. With this part of the project I have learned somethings about my self. Like I can just have my opion I have to look deeper into thing. 

In my Agent of change piece of the project there are somethings i could have done differently. My presentation could have been better if I had cliff notes for my self and I didn't have to read off the board. My thoughts ended up being every where and it was hard to explain. My power point was very boring and bland and my slides where to short. These things I could have made a lot better . There are still things that can be done to my my work look much better then they did when I did my first presentation.

Adoption will always be a large part of my life it defines who I am as a person. Adopted kids can be miss understood. But I am here to say we are no different then anybody else. Adoption is a great but you need to want to climb to know was can be waiting on the other side. 

These photos are from my presentation for my classmates

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Autism vs. Education: Blog #3

Welcome back! It has been a long year, but the time has come for my final Blog. My name is Daouda Njie and I am a freshman in Science Leadership Academy. Thank you for those who have read my other two blogs Blog #1 and Blog #2. For those who have just started to read my blogs I am exploring Autism for my You and the World Project, and whether the School District of Philadelphia is giving the best educational experience for a child with Autism.

For my first blog I talked about what Autism is and problems that the kids with Autism face. I have discovered that Autism is a disorder that causes problems with social interactions, repetitive behaviors, and verbal or nonverbal communications. Autism happens because of brain mutations in early stages of brain development. Autism affects how your brain processes information. These problem make school for children with Autism challenging. I have witnessed many children with Autism struggling in schools because of lack of assistance schools offer. Although there are special plans that children with Autism can take. They are called ILP which stands for Individualized learning plan. These plans all differ and are made to fit each child's needs differently.

For my second blog I decided to interview one of my fellow classmates that has Autism. Asking him if he thought the school district is doing everything to help him and what are problems he faces. He said that sometimes he does have trouble socializing in school but his family helps him and provides support for him. He also take studies skill which is provided for kids with disabilities. This allows him to stay focused and get his work done. I also interviewed a Special ed professor who works with people with Autism. She stated that children with Autism have trouble understanding what people say, if there are greetings such as “what's up.” If a child with autism hears this they might respond with “the sky.” This can make it difficult in a school environment because school is full of social interactions.



                       this is me also presenting in my advisory

For my agent of change I decided to inform my advisory on what they can do to help a child with Autism adjust to school more and not have challenges. I believe that I could have done more for my agent of change. I originally wanted to volunteer at Autism speaks but due to lack  of communication I was not able to. But by at least educating other people I believe that I have helped my cause.

I really enjoyed this assignment and it made me feel like I was doing something to actually help someone else. I also enjoyed this assignment because unlike most assignments I was able to freely choose what I wanted to work on. Finding a problem that is interesting to me and going out and doing something about it. I believe that people should become more self aware of children with autism because everyone deserves the best education. I would like to thank Ms.Dunn for allowing me to have a chance to make a change and my advisory for listening to my presentation. I would also like to thank everyone who has read my blogs thank you and goodbye.

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Blog #3: Making a change in the community!

Hey, Vilma Martinez again! In my first blog I talked about Kitten neglection that occurs here in the

city of Philadelphia. In my second blog I talked about animal neglection in general. Now for my

final blog post I will be talking about what I did to make a difference in our community. For my

Agent of change action piece I decided to start a bake sale at my school, so that I can

have an opportunity to donate the money I raised to the PSPCA. Selling the baked goods at my

school was tough work, but it was something I managed to get htrough. I was able to raise a fair

amount of money to donate. After a while me and my mom finally decided to go down to the

PSPCA to donate the money. After meeting with two of their employees, we were given a tour

around the building.


The tour was… WOW. The building contained murals of animals that have passed on and

places for the animals to play and relax. The cats were so playful and sweet and then looking

into the animal hospital was heart breaking, the poor animals were caged recovering from

operation. Witnessing this was something that truly was so powerful because these animals

managed to survive so many things. I felt very happy.


We were able to see the cats and kittens in the building that were being put up for adoption. They

were so sweet and adorable, and most of the animals there were only cats and kittens. It was

really sad to see them there without a family to care for them.

Finally at the end of the tour I was able to give them the money and leave the building satisfied

that I did something good for neglected animals. I really do hope the animals in the shelter find a

home where they can feel safe in.

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Isaac Adlowitz Capstone (Phillies)

Isaac Adlowitz
Mentors: Ms.Hull and Ms. Siswick

For my capstone I wanted to do something that would involve baseball in some way or another. Just about everyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am about baseball and the Phillies so this capstone was better than anything I could have ever asked for. I began pursuing this as capstone ever since my mom took me to a symposium at UPenn about "Ballparks as Urban Magnets" back in my sophomore year. At the symposium one of the owners of the Washington Nationals spoke, one of the owners of the Cleveland Indians spoke, an architect who has designed multiple Major League Stadiums spoke, and also Phillies President David Montgomery spoke. Afterwards I approached Montgomery and asked him for advice on how a high school kid could potentially get a job with a Major League ball club, he said told me about the Phillies having a senior project program, and gave me the contact information for someone who leads the program. Without meeting him I would have likely never found out about this program. 

During my time at the Phillies I was given an insider's point of view on how daily life inside a professional sports team's front office operates. I learned about the many different facets which make teams a well oiled machine and I learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way. I met many different people and feel as though I have successfully gotten my foot in the door. I hope to present to my peers and other people what types of things are needed to move your way up in this business, wether or not I would want to still pursue this as a career, what types of things you actually do vs. what someone may think you do, and all in all my experience and how they have further molded me and provided me with a wider array of perspectives. 

Here is a journal that I kept talking about each and everyday of my experience interning with the Philadelphia Phillies

Annotated Bibliography:
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YATW Blog #3: A Step Towards Change

Hello everyone, I am Pedro Castillo and I am back for my third and final YATW blog post. In my last two blog posts ( blog 1, blog 2) I took you into the deep “adventure” (more of a struggle) of the Philadelphia budget cuts and how their effect has taken art from students in certain schools. I talked about how they have saddened students and how money that could have been used education was used for funding prisons. From my last blog to this one, there have been a couple instances where these budget cuts have damaged kids permanently. There has been two children who have even lost their lives because of the lack of nurses because of the budget cuts (Rest in peace to both). Although these budget cuts have affected our city greatly, this final blog is a step towards change. 

In my time away from writing these blogs, I have had the opportunity to witness protests and acts against these budget cuts. I feel as if these things could go along way even if it seems as if they not be doing anything. Simple protests and events could be the things that Philadelphia students need to receive a full learning experience. 

In my time away I have been working as hard as I could to try and “spread the art” to my old schools. I have gone forth with creating my art magazine that I talked about in my last blog post and students seemed to have like it. I created copies of my magazine and gave them to classes in the elementary and middle schools in my neighborhood. I even got to take pictures of students enjoying the magazines that I had supplied them with (Below). I felt very good for spreading these magazines. I feel as if I learned that not only the adults have the power to help but everyone has the power to make a change. Although I did do a good job with these magazines, I feel as if I could have done things even greater. There are many things I could have done for example, give magazines to more schools outside of my neighborhood or even give magazines to anyone in the neighborhood.

Although I feel like I could have done more for my city and students in it, I was pleased with the results. I would love to do something like this again because I believe that this experience has made grow, and has gave me and even bigger connection with the city of Philadelphia. And for this I would love to thank my English 9 teacher Ms. Dunn for giving me the chance to do something like this, to make a change. I also want to thank the principle from my old school for helping me spread the magazines that I have created. This experience has made me think of things differently and I would like to say that anyone has the power to make a change, anyone could lend a helping hand no matter how old or young you are or how big or small you are, anyone can help. Goodbye to anyone keeping up with my blog posts and thank you.

Students at Benjamin Franklin Elementary school reading magazines.
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