Helping teens, abused and confused, to help our future, improved and renewed.
Group Eleven Members
Kaylee Cooper - Jack Rogers - Erica Mondragon - Elizabeth Watson - Sarah Emerson
Arath Herrera - Graham Braunstein - Hannah Okafor
To address this issue, we will establish an after school program that tutors and mentors students. We will recruit college students from Baylor and MCC, providing role models in which these teens can confide. Later on, we will expand the problem to establish individual and family counseling to help reconcile students with their families.
- Contact the superintendent and high school principals of WISD asking for approval and support to host our program at their campuses.
- Post flyers around college campuses recruiting student volunteers and contact professors in the School of Education and Social Work/Humanities.
- Place posters (shown below) around high school campuses advertising the program and advertise on school newsletters.
- Contact local stores (such as HEB) and food banks, asking for snacks and other donations
- Less than 25% of these teens graduate from high school
- 2/3 of them have one or more parent abusing drugs and alcohol
- 34% – Physical, mental or sexual abuse
- 34% – Fighting frequently with parents
- 31% – Kicked out of home
- 26% – Neglect, parent not meeting basic needs
- 20% – Not willing to live by parents’ rules
- 20% – Parents’ use of drugs or alcohol
- Donate food and/or supplies
- Spread the word
- Follow us on our social media (Facebook, Instagram)
- Write to state officials (such as Greg Abbott), inviting them to follow our social media campaign and show support
- Social Media
What We Learned
"I learned how to work well with my group through consensus."
"I learned how to cooperate with my group through teamwork."
"I learned other ways to help my community and advocate for issues."
"I learned what it means to be a good citizen and be active in my community."
"We can all make a big difference even if it's by the smallest things."
Lauren Pecha - Counselor
"I learned citizenship can be exercised at any age. Everyone can impact their community!"
- "Homeless Youth Need More than Treatment for Substance Abuse, Study Says," Ohio University (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080512105705.htm)