Kids' Shoes Issues
Group 7: Leaders Not Tweeters
"No one has ever become poor by giving" - Anne Frank
Middle schoolers all around Waco are experiencing social pressure based on appearance. In a survey, 55% admitted to being worried about the things they wear — particularly shoes. Because of income discrepancies among families in the community, some kids don't have the money to pay for popular brands such as Nike, Adidas, Converse and more. Although there are some organizations that provide shoes around the city, they are usually targeted at the homeless or don't consider the social effects of certain brands.
Our plan is to start a community shoe drive to provide top, name-brand shoes to low-income middle school students who need them. We believe that access to popular shoes for all students will help reduce social pressures and the appearance of income discrepancies in schools.
What We Learned
I learned that we can help the community by doing the simplest things like starting a shoe drive.
Many kids struggle with social pressure in middle school. According to statistics, teens express higher stress levels than adults because of social pressure. 31% of teens say that they have felt stressed before.
I learned that there are a few shoe drives in Waco for homeless individuals, but none are targeted for middle school students.
I learned that a lot of kids are nervous or worried about social appearance issues all around the world. They really care about what people think about them.
I learned that a lot of middle schoolers don't have high quality shoes like Nikes, Adidas, Converse, etc.
I learned this week that so many middle schoolers face social problems at school. I also learned that even though I am a kid, anything helps.
I learned that social pressure is in middle school based on appearance and I learned Income gap effects. For example: the purchasing of popular brands for lower income children.
I learned that income discrepancies is a much larger scale than I thought.
I learned that a ton of kids are affected by income discrepancies, and we as kids, can help.