Hazards of BPA in Your Body and Consuming Clean Water
My project addressed important topics such as water conservation, the negative effects of BPA, what BPA is and why it is so important that society is aware. I hope to have made such an impact that not only the adults of the community understand the dangers of BPA and how to save water but the children as well. It’s crucial that everyone understands! The children, teachers and parents of St. Paul’s were the first to benefit from my project. The next set of people from the community is the Beaches Leader, Ponte Vedra Leader and CreekLine Post newspaper editors who edited my article. Following them are my family, active parishioners from my church, daily readers of the newspapers and extended friends who liked and shared my Facebook page! My project consisted of many informative lessons of BPA.
I Can’t Breath: Understanding Asthma
My project addressed the lack of asthma awareness and education in my community. Asthma is a prevalent disease in my community that affects people of all ages, but the risk is higher for children, females and blacks. The disease has affected me personally in that I have lost two family members due to this chronic disease. It’s important that members in the community are aware of asthma triggers and symptoms, as well as ways to manage the disease. In doing this project, I had hoped to increase asthma awareness in the black community and reduce the number of
asthma attacks, hospitalizations, and deaths associated with asthma each year by educating the community.
Castaway Island Preserve Butterfly Garden
My Castaway Butterfly Garden project addressed the weeding technicalities that needed to take place, cleaning and organizing the garden into three distinct parts, preparing and constructing a mosaic cement butterfly themed bench, and removing as well as replacing the old and rotting split rail fencing. I hoped to inspire the community that travels to the park to be in nature and to provide them with a place of serenity that they can appreciate. I also hoped to impact the City of Jacksonville by taking on one of their projects and transforming it into a whole renovation. In regards to who benefited, Castaway Park, Jacksonville City services, DuPont School, and everyday park goers were all impacted in a beneficial way in order to make their lives easier.
Operation Culture Shock
The issue my project addressed was cultural diversity in America, and making sure the next generation of children grows up to be knowledgeable and appreciative of the diversity in our world. I wanted to show children how people who differ from what we consider “normal” are not bad, they just have another way of seeing the world. Those who primarily benefited from the project were elementary school children at a local school, so these children could learn important lessons on acceptance and respect when they are young, and then carry them on to the next generation of adults.
Packs of Hope
My project addressed the issue of mothers and their children entering shelters for the first time as a result of sexual assault and domestic violence and having no personal items. When I created this project, I had hoped to make the transitions into a shelter easier for mothers and their children by providing distractions for the children, such as coloring books, puzzles, and small toys, and basic necessities for the mothers, such as shampoo, lotions, and feminine necessities. Through my project I was able to benefit the mothers and their children by providing basic necessities and small toys.
I’m Not Just an Allergy
Making children aware of health issues. And also to show them that they are not the only ones with allergies. Show them that they can still have fun and be cautious. I feel that all the children that attended benefited from bonding with each other. There was a variety of age groups and they all got along with one another.
For the Love of Reading
I know a lot of kids that did not develop a love of reading, and I felt that reading should be a skill people need to develop early and learn to love. Reading is an important form of communication used everywhere for learning and to spread information. My project benefited and will continue to benefit anyone who comes in and out of Vince Carter Sanctuary in Bunnell. To build a love of reading, I created a library for children residing at Vince Carter Sanctuary, making sure they have access to a lot of books.
Give a Book to Spread the Gift of Knowledge
My temple, religion, community, friends and family mean a lot to me. I want our new generation to be more involved to want to learn more. I created a library at my temple to attract more people to come and read and take books home. With the library, people will socialize with each other bringing the community together making more friends and learning. I want learning to be a bit more fun!
Outdoor Stage for Duval Charter High School
My current school was built in a converted office building, so it does not have an auditorium. Not having this space has made award ceremonies, assemblies, programs and performances difficult. On top of that, the drama department does not have an appropriate place to practice and perform. Not only would a stage area benefit the drama department, but other clubs, the music department and administration might be able to use it if needed.
Build It and They Will Come
I believe the new Youth Room will serve as a sanctuary for youth of all ages to come and relax; where they can pick up one of the many books on the shelves, and just relax on the comfortable benches or chairs we made, or to just sit and enjoy the view. The Youth Room serves as a place in our church for the youth to go to relax and that is up-to-date with new hip look, as well as games, books and magazines.
The Animal Foster, Rescue & Adoption Awareness Club
Nationally and globally, the homeless cat and dog population is huge, and overwhelming our local resources. Our government agencies can only do so much, so it is up to the small, grass roots nonprofits to step in and help alleviate the burden. I created a club at my high school and held education workshops at elementary school, and I reached out to the public through volunteer opportunities at a local pet store. Teaching children to be kind, caring and responsible with animals is one of the first steps in helping them to become kind, caring, and responsible with other people and the world they live in.
Your Vote, Your Voice
My project addressed the issue of voter participation, focusing on millennial youth. I hoped to impact the lives of students, young adults, and even older adults who felt discouraged or uneducated about voting. I chose to do this because I have an interest in politics and wanted to express my interest and help others grow fond of the topic as well. I was able to reach many people of different backgrounds and still was able to catch the attention of a lot of youth voters in the process. All participants benefited because I was able to inform them on uncertain topics, or helped their voting confidence.
Beach Church Connect Center
My project addressed an issue that plagues new members of the Jacksonville Beaches community. I observed that my community did not have a place for these new members, especially the youth, to get connected with other members of their community, find service opportunities in their new hometown, and more. I hoped to impact these new implants in the Jacksonville Beaches by making them feel welcome and a part of their new community by providing a space for them to learn about service opportunities and meet new people. What surprised me was the fact that not only did my target audience benefit, but also other adults and myself. I constantly had other adults come up to me saying how impressed they were with my project and how great it was going to be for the new students of the Jacksonville Beaches.
My project addressed the issue of education among children despite their socioeconomic class. The goal of the project was to advocate for children who are unable to advocate for themselves due to the societal beliefs that those who are not as fortunate as others don’t deserve the same opportunities, education included. I hoped to impact the children at the Sulzbacher Center by granting them with reading material that would engage their minds and enhance their education as well as give them a way to experience literature in a fun way with both fiction and nonfiction titles. The children at the Sulzbacher Center as well as the adults living in the family dormitories have benefited by having a collection of new and gently used books that will help to strengthen their minds as well as giving them a fun escape from their harsh realities.