One of the main components of being an IB student is learning about others' perspectives, beliefs, and values to understand the world and all of its people. In class, we focus on exposing students to many different views; however, there is something much more meaningful about working together and living out these moments with others from outside our immediate community.
The One Earth Writing group seeks to build this understanding of our shared humanity through writing workshops that connect teens from different communities and beliefs. Currently One Earth Writing is taking applications from teens in grades 7-12 for its One Earth Writing Ambassadors program. There are two ambassador programs with no cost to students. If you are interested, please learn more here.
The Walt Disney Company and Youth Service America are working together to inspire kids to positively impact their communities. During the Disney Summer of Service, they want to hear about kids making a difference. They will be giving out roughly 225 Disney Be Inspired grants of $500 to students to implement their service projects in the fall of this year. The grants allow young civically-minded students to turn their ideas into projects that will help their community by making it healthier, greener, or stronger. Students ages 5-18 in the U.S. are eligible to apply for the grants by submitting service project ideas until September 30, 2017 online at YSA.org/BeInsipired.
This is a great opportunity for our MYP students to get funding to make a difference. Part of MYP is a focus on service as action, meaning students use the knowledge, skills, and understanding they have learned in class to take action to serve their wider community. It is also a great opportunity for students who are taking part in the Personal project to see if they can get funding for their project idea.
Ms. Belzyt is the MYP Coordinator for the Royal Oak Middle and High Schools, an IB educator, and life-long learner
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