As a team, Mujeres con Ánimo proposed a problem about which we wanted to spread awareness. Once this problem was targeted, we began to brainstorm solutions and ways to reach our goals. First of all, we attended events to support women and to spread awareness of human rights. One goal we set and accomplished was to celebrate International Women's Day with a week of activities at our school. We all worked together to create an activity for each day of the week. We made a poster where women at our school (and people who support women) could write the name of a woman that inspires or empowers them. Another poster was set up with a mirror to let women see what they love about themselves and feel more confident about who there are on the inside AND outside. Additionally, we created compliment cards for people to send to inspiring women at school or in their families and communities, and each day during the week, we read an inspiring fact about an inspiring woman in our daily announcements.
Beyond these activities, our team also made presentations to spread human rights awareness to all of our peers. This presentation happened during Power Reading, which all students have every Wednesday and Friday. Our presentation consisted of our mission to spread awareness on women and immigration rights, our problem, our solution, and an invitation to attend and participate in our Resource Fair. Every Wednesday and Friday, we met to brainstorm ideas for this Resource Fair and put them into action. We emailed and called various organizations to help provide awareness and resources to our families, friends, and community.
In the short term, we engaged 650 ALCHS students in conversations about immigrant rights and the importance of advocating for immigrant families in our community. We honored inspiring women on our campus and in our families and communities during the week of International Women's Day through handmade cards, compliment cards, educational announcements, and interactive lunchtime activities meant to start conversations about the strength and resilience of women. We brought people on our campus together who normally don't interact very much and gave students a reason to stay on campus after school and enjoy spending time together.
In the long term, we helped pre-register over 100 high school juniors to vote (our seniors had already registered in their Government/Econ class). We exposed over 400 people to five incredible community organizations which offer resources and support to migrant and other members of our community. We helped start an organizing coalition between four clubs on our campus: Stonewall Alliance, MEChA, High School Democrats, and Kahlo Club. We connected our students and families to each other and to resources that will benefit them for years to come. We provided exposure for two incredible performance groups to over 400 people, Perfil Bajo and Grupo Folklorico de UCLA. As the members of Mujeres con Ánimo, our confidence, leadership skills, and activism skills have grown immensely. We have developed lifelong friendships with people we might never have spoken to without this group. We have strengthened our passions for creating change in our community and connecting marginalized people with resources to help them thrive. We know we will all continue this work throughout our lives.
Specific Focus Health & Wellness
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Voting Representation & Advocacy
Get Out the Vote
Safety in the Workplace
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If you have worked with outside partners, please list them below. Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, Inglewood Public Library, United Parents and Students, Big Brothers Big Sisters, LA Care
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Social Media: Reach How many people have you reached (in general) through each forms of social media used?Twitter: How many followers? 10 Twitter: How many posts? 36 Instagram: How many followers? 69 Instagram: How many posts? 30 Facebook: How many followers? 4 Facebook: How many posts? 6
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Event: ReachLet us know how many people your team has reached. How many people have you reached in person through events?Elementary Students 30 Middle School Students 30 High School Students 165 Adults 80
As a result of inviting an ensemble of extraordinary and promising organizations, whose sole focus is assisting and addressing the community's concerns and issues, we were able to expand our project's impact beyond our school's perimeter. A total of 5 community-based organizations committed their time to informing and advising our school community members regarding various issues in our community, such as immigration rights. One of the biggest disadvantages of immigrant individuals is the lack of awareness of immigration rights and reforms that directly affect them, so the CHIRLA presentation given by Jessica, a CHIRLA representative, was very beneficial to this individuals who aren't informed.
Additionally, working hand-in-hand with MEChA at our school, we fully encouraged the much needed advocacy for voting by supplying our school community (parents and family members included) with the information and resources necessary to register to vote. The lack of female representation in various working files and society overall, is an issue that we also focused on.
For International Women's Day, we organized a set of activities our very own powerful female students engaged in throughout the week leading up to International Women's Day. During that week, we honored our female staff and the "unsung heroes" of our school with heart-warming letters personalized for each of our powerful women, written by our very own Mujeres con Animo members. To further benefit the immigrant families in our community, we collected donations on the day of our Resource Fair which will be sent to community organizations benefiting migrant families in the immediate area.
Looking back at the impact our team project has created in our community, we were all amazed to see our community unite in an effort to end the fear present in undocumented individuals due to the current political settings of our country. We were thrilled to see the amount of people that came to our Mujeres con Ánimo Resource Fair and interacted with organizations that alleviate the fear that consumed their happiness and freedom away. Our community became more aware of their rights as individuals and the power that lies within them to make a change in society. By attending our resource fair, our community took part in a solution to an issue that is prominent in our community by expanding its purpose and knowledge to individuals outside of our school boundaries.
Women empowerment is a topic our team also addressed on the days approaching International Women’s Day. We dedicated a week to making women feel powerful and appreciated in our school by organizing impactful activities. It was surprising to see the entire school come together in making each other feel appreciated. As we watched smiles and laughter spread throughout our school, we realized the impact our team of ten young women had on the entire school.
We could have engaged more of our community in our team project by announcing our resource fair outside our school boundaries in the weeks leading up to the event. By putting up informational flyers of our school event throughout our community, we could have attracted a larger amount of people. Despite the changes that could have improved the impact of our project, we are all immensely proud in ourselves for the amount of effort and dedication we contributed into making this project a success.