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Make It Happen: Activism in the 21st Century – Grades 7 – 12 – Summer 2021 – 10 Weeks

Friday, May 7 2021 @ 11:00AM - Friday, July 16 2021 @ 12:30PM EDT

| $250.00


Friday, May 7 2021 @ 11:00AM EDT
Friday, July 16 2021 @ 12:30PM EDT
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Virtual (Jigsaw/Canvas)
+1 203 741 8570
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Class Times:
11:00AM - 12:30PM (ET)
Shayna Hume
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[email protected]
7 - 12
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“Get up. Speak up. Don’t give up.”

Life in the 21st century is complicated. While we have access to an almost infinite amount of resources, there’s also an ever-growing number of problems. As a kid, especially, it’s hard to tell where you can make a difference.

That’s what this course is about.

In the last ten years, young people have made more of a difference than ever before. At 11, Malala Yousafzai began fighting for girl’s education in Pakistan. At 18, Emma Gonzalez spoke to the entire nation about gun control after surviving the Parkland School shooting. And over in the UK, at 15, Amika George saw that some students were losing a week every month of education due to the expense of period products, and subsequently were kept in generation poverty.

While we may not be able to solve every issue at once, if we all take one brick down at a time, we can make a difference together. Together, we’re going to talk about how to be a global citizen in the 21st century, discuss the sustainable development goals of the United Nations, and, by the end of the course, begin dismantling one problem close to us.

This is not a course to tick off a requirement on your transcript. It’s an elective and needs to be fully voluntary. I want to help the bold among you to channel your energy and find positive ways to make a difference, and I want to connect with the shy, to show you how just while being yourself, you can change the world.

In this course, we are going to work together to make change. The base outputs from taking this include 1) Reading Make it Happen by Amika George and having book discussions, 2) Exploring which world problems you find a personal connection to or want to fix, 3) Becoming a better communicator through writing and speaking. The reach goal of this course is to work on a advocacy project you start on week 1 and explore how you can make a difference in your local community. Every week we will work through guided exercises on how to move forward, and you will receive weekly feedback.

Class Dates:

May 7, 14, 21, 28

June 4, 11, 18, 25

July 9, 16


Make It Happen

by Amika George

audiobook, e-book, or hard copy


Homework:  1-5 hours depending on how engaged you get with your project.  Beyond 1 hour is optional.

NOTE:  Registration deadline is April 20, 2021.

There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.

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