Blog Post 5:I think that Brianna and I did a pretty good job on every aspect and step of this process besides communication. I think that if we had had more time we could have gave that area a little more attention. I felt as though this was an important part of the process that we didn’t do extremely well. If we were given time to add on, we would probably go back and maybe contact different offices in different areas to see if our response would have gotten better or worse. I also think that showing up to an office in person and being able to speak to someone face to face would have been more effective. We could have communicated our ideas better rather than forcing the opinions of the welfare representatives and perhaps it would have made the conversation a little more easygoing and comfortable for both of us. We should have communicated our ideas of making the welfare system more efficient better and in doing so I think we would have gotten a better outcome
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_167273339975033. Our three step process to victory is
Step 1: Attempt contact with the National Youth Rights Association
Raise awareness with posters detailing what we plan to accomplish as well as a set date for the rally
Step 2: Try to either start or join a chapter of the NYRA to support this cause.
Once the day is set (for the rally)gather a small film crew and shoot the entire rally from start to finish.
Step 3: Release the video showing the support we receive and send it to the proper government officials.
In our rally we want to state the message clearly that we want the drinking age lowered. We want to show statistics that support our point of view. Maybe we could have some guest speakers, like the college professors and other distinguished people that support us. We could send a petition around the crowd to be signed in support.
It’s definitely not a “good” year for our issue. The national minimum drinking age isn’t even approaching the table of things to be talked about this year. Robert Donatucci apposes lowering the drinking age, but he is one of the most important players when determining the outcome of lowering the drinking age. He may not be on the same side, but there are over 100 college professors that are. We can try to coordinate with some of the colleges and their professors. The greatest population that we could affect and influence would be the teens. They are the ones that the law effects, and they are also the ones who want to see the law change more than anyone else. The time frame we have is any time before the next legislation meeting. The liquor control board has no current scheduled meetings because of the death of Robert seeing as he was the head chairmen. As soon as they find a replacement, meetings will continue. That will be the best time to try and bring up our points.
This is the link to my Q2 Benchmark for American Government. It covers all three branches of government and the different laws that relate to me within those branches. This is also an example of checks and balances.
This benchmark to start was a difficult one for me especially for certain topics. One being FASFA for alot of people that was a pro but for me it was a con which left it hard for me to find a pro to my executive branch. I did not like this project at all because it different really teach me anything. Although we learned about checks and balances I just think this benchmark wasn't that helpful to me.
As you should know by now I want to get a group together to influence neighborhood cleanups, specifically urban neighborhoods. I wanted to start a group within SLA that expanded to a much larger crown with the help of the senator, It was to be something bigger than your average optional Saturday block sweep. My main concern has been to have our urban streets clean like we have them clean in Downtown Philadelphia and Independence Hall. I haven't heard anything back from the senator but I also know these things take time and he is a very busy person.
For this blog post it is really just an update on the current status of things. Basically I am just waiting on a go from the Senator or at least some support on his part. It wouldn't be a problem to start straight out of school, i just want the support of the senator.
Detail your plan for communicating and report in on the steps you conducted, reflect on the process, effectiveness, etc.
To communicate with my representative I think writing a letter is the best method, since this is a big problem I think it would best to start small. Meaning the first letter would be to the director of the Philadelphia School District Dr. Arlene C. Ackerman, this letter would talk about the class and what will be taught, how sex ed can help young people and showing that without knowledge on the topic teens are more likely to act it risky behavior.
Dear Dr. Ackerman,
I am a student at Science Leadership Academy, as a young female I believe we should have a class that teaches sex education. We do take a health class but we didn’t spend much time on pregnancy, birth control, STDs and safe sex. In my opinion if there was a class that taught these things the teen pregnancy rate may go down along with the amount of young people with an STD. The class would be a year long course that would be set up in sections, section one would be on what sex is, the next section would be on the safe sex, the last two would be on pregnancy (life after the baby is born and school) and STDs.
After watching the show 16 and Pregnant I felt that schools should step up and educated the students on what their parents didn’t want to talk about. This is a class that students can pick to have, so if they don’t feel they need the education or their parents wish for them to learn it in the household they didn’t have to take it. Many of the actives would be project based and hands on. I truly hope that you read this and see that as a young female that I would us this class to my benfite.
Sincerely Camille Aliyha Morton