High School Got Started
How Sherwood H.S.
students got started:
from PROJECT CHANGE, an activist group, attended meetings where they
received training on the topic of bullying prevention. At one of these
same meetings, the teens were informed about a number of mini-grants
that were going to be available for National Youth Service Day (April
15, 2005). They went back to their group and told the teen and adult
members that they were interested in applying for a mini-grant to
fund a bullying prevention project.
So, the group
applied in November 2004 to Youth Venture (an organization who had
received a grant from Youth Service America) for a mini-grant to fund
a bullying prevention project that they entitled You Have the Power!
(YHTP!). In December, the teens participated in a telephone interview
where they presented You Have the Power! to a panel of judges from
Youth Venture. In January 2005, the teens learned that their application
had been accepted and that Youth Venture, via the funding from Youth
Service America, would be giving the teens $550 for the project.
teens then began recruiting other youth from Sherwood to join the
project, including some from the SADD chapter and TV production class.
At this point the original group of 5-6 teens met with their school's
assistant principal and informed her about their project. She then
contacted principals at the local middle schools to see if they would
want to participate with the youth project. The principal at Rosa
Parks Middle School expressed an interest, and the assistant principal
at the middle school became the contact for the project. He selected
students to participate and the H.S. students met with them after
school. This shows how important it is to set the administration involved
in a project.
See the episode
transcript for more information about what happened next!
Read the transcript
of the students' "You Have The Power" video.