For Horizon Honors High School’s NGC Team, the turn of the new year will bring great success

This blog was posted and written by Noemi A. Gonzalez, freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications – ASU

Horizon Honors Program’s NGC Team will launch their support for House of Hope with a Community Edu./ Advocacy event in the near future.

I am quite excited to see what this team will accomplish. The team will be driven by a passionate and articulate team leader Soha Ghanian who I know will succeed in leading the team to accomplish many great things for the team and the project.

Just last week, Jennifer, Executive Director at NGC, went to visit the team and according to her the team consists of about 36 eager members!

Hoping to feature them in the near future with photos of their events and their team, I wish the team success!


Process for developing a Poetry Night for a Team’s Project

This blog was posted and written by Noemi A. Gonzalez, freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications – ASU

If your NGC team is interested in creating a Poetry Night for [Name of Cause goes here]: Thanks to Daniel Goman, adviser for Tolleson NGC, we now have a rough outline of how any NGC team may go about setting up a Poetry Night on campus! Thanks Tolleson NGC, I’m sure all the other teams appreciate it!

1.       Brought up the idea to the club and they agreed by vote for NGC to host the event (must be done at least one month before the event date)

2.       Create sign-up sheets for poets and/or musical performers for the event. Figure out a process to get poets/singers signed up to perform.

3.       At least one week before the event, NGC should hold a meeting for all poets/singers so they can finalize the program for the evening. Find out how long (minutes) each poem/song will be. You might also want students to bring a copy of poem/song to see how they fit the theme of the NGC project. Perhaps you can organize the performances by theme.

4.       Assign duties to club members for Poetry Night: concession table, entrance/admission table, merchandise table, etc.

5.       Advertise!! At least one week before event, be sure to distribute little flyers and make announcements on campus. Facebook! Banners around campus would be good too. Print programs for distribution at the event as well. Possibly a table at lunch advertising the event the week of, with some activity and flyers.

At the event:

1.       We brought 4-5 lamps and placed them around the room, hung white Christmas lights around the room, and turned out the lights. Created a nice, intimate feel. It was a double-sized classroom too that held about 80 people.

2.       Had a table at entrance with a sign-in sheet for all attendees. Parents and teachers are welcome to attend. Charged $1 admission.

3.       Had a concession table in the rear of the room: chips, cookies, tea, water, Starbucks frapps. A team merchandise table with duct tape wallets, headbands, hair clips.

4.       We had Team Leaders run the event with an introduction about the NGC project and a welcome. TL’s introduced every poet/singer. After intermission, a TL made a full 10-min presentation about NGC project, then more poems/songs.

University High School’s NGC Team in Tuscon chooses to support ABAN Project in Ghana

This blog was posted and written by Noemi A. Gonzalez, freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications – ASU

I recently heard back from UH Tuscon NGC with some exciting news. They’ve received their NGC Starters Package, and their team is growing; they’re team consists of 15 members thus far!

Here’s a photo of some of the members and the adviser that Sooni Shirazi, team leader who doesn’t appear in the photo, contributed:

Raymond S. Kellis’s NGC Team makes a statement through HOPE <3

This blog was posted and written by Noemi A. Gonzalez, freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications – ASU

Just last week, I logged into my NGC Facebook Account to find the most spectacular team photo — ever. RSK NGC took advocacy and the notion of raising awareness for their cause, House of Hope, to a new level.

There were a handful of reminders on RSK’s NGC Club Facebook page asking members to wear NGC colors for the yearbook picture. Honestly, when I first saw these reminders, I figured: Hey, it’ll be a basic club photo… However, RSK NGC took me by surprise.

Photo contributed by Amanda Meza, edited by Ana Galaz

When I first met the RSK leaders via email conversations, I noticed they’re competitiveness and thought they would be a mostly fundraising-active team. But as the picture above demonstrates, RSK NGC is ready to make an impact and educate their fellow peers.

Fantastic job, RSK NGC. Your energy and dedication, I am sure, are appreciated by the people of Uganda!

Make sure to check out RSK’s Group Page on Facebook:

Poetry for Brazil – Tolleson NGC Team

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This blog was posted and written by Noemi A. Gonzalez, freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications – ASU

Stepping onto the Tolleson campus past 6 PM, made the sense of Ariz. fall in the chilly air create a welcoming sign to students who were ready to go home instead of staying for another hour.

Students being released from wrestling and band practice along with students hanging about shouldn’t have had trouble seeing the quite conspicuous table with the alerting “New Global Citizens” poster taped atop a table outside a southern-located building.

Greeted by a new member and Ashley Browne, a team leader, guests paid the $1fee, received a key stamp on the back of their hand, and walked into a warm-lit room that was expanded into the neighboring room. Members wearing NGC shirts and guests bustled around purchasing snacks that consisted of warm tea and student-made frapps. The buzz of chatter made the room more inviting and less intimidating for student poets and performers.

Tolleson NGC, since last year, created a legacy on campus for having epic Poetry Nights that created an outlet of expression for student poets, and for talented singers and musicians to enlighten the crowds.

The team dedicated a brief presentation on Invisible Children (a side project the ambitious team is supporting) and later presented Shelter of Friendship in Brazil via SmartBoards.

Each team leader also devoted time slots to telling three stories of the different children who live within the favelas of Brazil.

In the end, the team was able to fund-raise around $200 from the affordable entree fee and snacks.

Musical performances included covers of the following songs:

1. “I’ll Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie, performed by Roman Rosales and Andrew Zavala
2.”Enchanted” by Taylor Swift, performed by Andrew Valenzuela and Sam Espinoza
3.”Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People, performed by Shirley Springer (team leader), Jarell Zablan, Aria McCardell, Melissa Carrillo
4. “Bloodbank” by Bon Iver, performed by Austin Cromack and Luis Soto
5. “Not In Love” by Crystal Castles, performed by Nicolas Villagrana and Alma Sanchez
6. “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney, performed by James Nguyen
7. An impromptu performance by Luis Soto
An impromptu performance by Luis Soto