Winter News

I’d like to start by saying that I’m really proud of all of the teams for staying focused on NGC events and progress during a time in the year that is difficult to stay on track. With the various holiday breaks and stresses linked to college applications and the future, it is nice to see that there is still a passion for NGC projects.

I want to welcome Palmyra High School/PHS Interact club to New Global Citizens, they are a newly registered team who have chosen to support both School on Wheels and House of Hope Uganda. I haven’t heard back from them yet, but i’m hoping that Maggie and I will be able to encourage PHS as well as the Cherry Hill East team to support eachother, as Ms. Dianna Schwartz proposed, since the team leaders know eachother from a camp they both attended.

I want to congratulate Shaker High School for putting on their much anticipated talent show this past semester. Unfortunately, I don’t know too much about how the event went because Angela fell ill and was unable to have a skype meeting prior to winter break.

I also want to congratulate University High School for hosting a successful clothing sale this semester. They raised $150 and as the team leader Nina Foushee said, “it was a real bonding experience.” Essentially the team collects clothing from peers for a week or two and then sets up a sale at someone’s house where there are appetizers, tea, etc. and each clothing item usually sells for $5. Not only is it a fundraiser, but it has been known to also be a social event where students can chat with eachother on the weekend but also support a cause. There are upcoming plans for a bonfire or dinner to also raise money for the interfaith mediation center, but no concrete plans have been made. The team also plans to attend the alternative Christmas sale at a local church and sell baked goods while educating the community about the project as was done the year before.

PV NGC has been having some problems in recruiting other members to help in supporting their project House of Hope. There was a scheduled meeting on December 4th with 10 of the team’s friends in order to talk about membership. Unfortunately the team hasn’t been replying to my emails, so I am unaware of the outcome of the meeting. The students are also planning to visit their school principals the first week back at school to discuss advocacy and a possible yogurtland benefit night is in the works. I’m hoping that I can get back into contact with PV NGC when the winter break concludes.

Steffany and the Tolleson/University High team have been doing a great job of fundraising this semester. They tabled at Tolleson Veteran’s Day Festival and were actually able to speak with a Tolleson city councilwoman who then let them speak on stage. They made $200 dollars on baked goods and were invited back to the Tolleson Christmas festival. They recently finished a bookmark sale and hosted a Carnival the weekend of Dec. 11th. They’ve run into a couple of problems in planning a benefit concert, the people in charge of the venue have not been in contact with them recently and they’re starting to worry if things will work out. I will be getting into contact with them soon to hear all about the events that have happened and hopefully provide some advice.

Congratulations to Raymond S. Kellis for seeing through their hot cocoa sale. They made $95 which is excellent. They are also planning to collect donations outside of a grocery store or sporting event during the holidays. There has been some trouble with engagement in this team which has proven to be difficult on the leaders but hopefully as there are more events in the spring, there will be more team bonding.

I was able to make a visit to Paradise Valley High School this semester and met with the team and its leaders. I’m very excited that they are supporting Agri-Forest Agents this year, because I am a huge supporter of environmental sustainability. The team is just starting up again and is having a hard time gaining membership as well. Their signs are being torn down and advertising has been difficult. I suggested they make some shirts and wear them on the same day to interest students at their school. They are currently coming up with ideas to fundraise and are still trying to educate themselves on what the project is really about.

I’m excited to start a fresh and new semester after the holidays and I look forward to seeing what the teams will come up with to progress their Support of their projects!

 

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California Teams December Update!

 

This was an AMAZING month for my NGC teams!! Now that clubs have gotten the ball running with recruitment and project choices they are executing some impressive and very successful fundraisers!

Irvington High School in Fremont held a restaurant fundraiser at BJ’s restaurant for the Center For Regional Development in Bolivia, a grassroots working to stop child labor in mines by providing scholarships and vocational training.

Diamond Bar High School near Los Angeles held several events for House of Hope in Uganda a center that offers 230 children orphaned because of AIDS food, water, shelter, education, and health care. They started off in October with a Halloween Gram fundraiser where they distributed grams to students with personalized notes and fun facts about their project for a dollar. Then they held a Tea Rush fundraiser at their local pearl milk tea shop. LOVED their flyers that said “ Have some Tea. Save the World “. Just this last week Diamond Bar covered their school in posters and facts, and presented a power point on the aftermath of HIV/AIDS (they called the entire event AFTERMATH).

Calabasas High School blew us all away with their dirty water drive for the Well Repair Project in Malawi. The team worked hard to collect old water bottles, fill them with dirty water, and then distributed over 350 of them during their dirty water pledge day drive. Monique Coleman, former High School Musical star and philanthropist appeared at the event. The dirty water drive collected $800 dollars. In November, Calabasas also sent out a fundraising letter that collected over $3000 dollars. The Well Repair Project helps bring fresh water to communities by fixing their wells for only 5$. Calabasas High School’s efforts will translate to 800 wells, NGC is SO proud of them.

Oxford High School hosted their silent vigil week. A week in which they COVER their school in facts about their project through posters, window paint, chalking, etc. This year Oxford is supporting the Amahoro Association in Rwanda, a center for orphaned youth that provides health care, activities, counseling, ad more.

As the semester comes to a close and finals take over, I am extremely proud of my teams for being so dedicated to New Global Citizens. Every new email or phone call I get from team leaders excited about their successful event or new idea makes me fall in love with this organization more and more. Already I’ve had students ask me about the possibility of staying on with NGC past high school, a sign that NGC is truly only the beginning for these teenagers, and that the impact they will make on the world is tremendous.

Passionate Members/ Passionate Leaders

Hi Everyone! This is Maggie 🙂 As finals are done and reading over Ashley’s Awesome Post, I thought I might try my hand at something inspiring as well!

I am so inspired and proud of my New Global Citizens Teams. Seeing their triumphs, their problem solving, and their global perspective makes me enourmously proud of all that they do. I have no doubt that each person in New Global Citizens can make a huge POSITVE impact on our developing world and change it for the good.  I’ve been currently reading a book called Leading With Passion by John Murphy. It’s definitely one of those feel good books that not only made me think of New Global Citizens and my teams, but also on how I have impacted others and how they impact me through inspiration.

John Murphy talks about the Passion it takes to create a single idea and a single movement, how we can “open to doors” to facilitate inspiration and passion through ourselves and others (Yes, it sounds like one of those corporate books BUT stay with me). Here’s an except from his book which I found very awe-inspiring and hit home about my spectacular teams:

“Light a match in a dark room and watch as the light instantly overcomes darkness. Observe the power and grace of that single, solitary flame dancing with life. Now light several candles or kindle a fire and experience the added warmth and comfort extending from that first, vulnerable flame through others. This is the heart and soul of leadership–the essence of inispiring others…it is also about giving people hope and inspiring others to do the same. It is about bringing light into a world of uncertaintly.This is called passion and inspiriation.”

That passage hits home especially, because I know that this is what our teams are doing. Not only are our team leaders trying to achieve leadership skills, but they are also trying to obtain leadership, and funnel out their passion to the public. Every advocacy appraoch they conquer and fundraising event they do, that passage rings true.

Over the last several weeks, I’ve seen my team leaders inspire their teams to see an awesome vision: whether it be with their team goals, their world projects, or advocacy solutions, team leaders are the heartbeat that keeps these teams moving. When talking with Maddy, our team leader at Chaparral High School, she had a lot of amazing ideas on how she created passion, inspiration and team spirit in her New Global Citizens Team:

When you asked me about building team spirit:

“I think it is so important that all the team leaders work really well together and create a team-like atmosphere. I have really good leaders and we all get along great so it definitely helps create unity within our team. The people in our team get along so well that it gets to the point where it is difficult to get everyone to stop talking! so it is definitely a balancing act.

Also, I think it is so important that the team votes on the fundraisers that they do because if people don’t want to do a fundraiser then there is going to be a low spirit level.. same goes for picking yearly projects.

Also the other officers and I focus on not only our project (of course!) but also community service. I think that because many high schoolers are focused on resume building a club without community service may not necessarily be as appealing as it should be. I think that when teams do things together, it creates more opportunity for team bonding and socializing. Going off of what I said about team building, we do all of our preparation and planning as a team at our meetings. I think that if I did all the planning people would not feel as involved in the fundraisers as they should be!”

Margaret Mead also said, “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

New Global Citizens empitimizes this mentality. We’ve been so fortunate to have passionate, strong, and inspiring leaders from the bottom up. Committed to their projects, these students are doing far more than whats expected of them as a high school student, and thats what is so awe-inspiring about all that they do. It’s their choice and dedication that make such a positve impact on the world and our organization! Any contribution they make and every advocacy challenge they meet is a step in an awesome and bright future.

Maggie Eads, Team Mentor