New Global Citizens: Westwood HS & Tolleson HS

Post written by Team Mentor Ahmad Abujbarah

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The second semester is in full swing for NGC teams all over the country, and, as usual, teams are trying to develop interesting ways to educate and raise funds for their global partner.

Hopefully, all teams are able to find strategies to raise awareness as well as simply have fun by knowing they are making a lasting change. Two teams, the Tolleson Union High School tram and Westwood High School team, have been able to fundraise while creatively teach their school on the Millennium Development Goals they and their global charity continue to tackle.

Tolleson Union High School’s NGC team ended their first semester with the wildly popular Poetry Night, where students perform musical pieces or recite poetry while the team raises money by selling merchandise, snacks, and charging a small admission fee. The Winter 2013 Poetry Night saw the highest turnout since the event’s creation in 2010 as over 80 students and teachers appeared to learn more about the Nirvanavan Foundation in India while also watching their peers on stage. Moving on from the success of their first semester, Tolleson NGC rang in the new semester with an Awareness Week to collect donations as well as further educate on the many issues the Nirvanavan Foundation combats while also telling students how their small donations and time spent listening helps create solutions for the children. Most recently, the team held a book sale to also raise funds, where students donated used books to be sold. By the looks of things, Tolleson NGC is having an excellent start so far, and the team is anticipating even more success, especially with their second Poetry Night and an Indian Culture Night.

Westwood High School’s NGC team is also doing well for itself. The team concluded the first semester educating and raising funds by hosting donut sales ever Wednesday and Thursday for about a month, which has been the team’s most successful strategy to fundraise as well as get students to walk up to their NGC table to learn more about the Millennium Development Goals and how they can be achieved. The team also sold Westwood High School themed Christmas ornaments, which was particularly creative because the team was able to tie in school spirit while also raising awareness for their cause! Plus, while doing these fundraisers, the team passes out flyers and posts posters all over the school to educate the students on the issues plaguing the world, as well encourage them to go to the NGC meeting to learn how change can be made. In the second semester, the team sold chocolate roses to raise even more funds and they aim to continue the donut sales throughout the rest of the semester. Even more astonishing, the team is planning a partnership with Westwood’s Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI), the world’s most dynamic coalition of youth volunteers, to help educate on the issues in today’s society as well as show students how their small contributions can make a huge difference.

Hopefully, all NGC teams are able to move forward this semester with new ideas that will call people’s attention to the concerns in the world. These teams show what hard work and dedication can create, and perhaps Tolleson NGC and Westwood NGC could inspire other NGC teams all over the country to find engaging new ways raise funds and educate their schools and communities!

As always, I hope for the best for all New Global Citizens teams!

Tolleson NGC Uses Indiegogo to raise funds

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For an entire month, from February to March, the Tolleson NGC team worked towards developing an awareness video which would educate students and staff and the community about A Ban Against Neglect.

Now, the team is working towards raising $500 via indiegogo to help the young mothers of A Ban Against Neglect in Uganda, Africa.

If you wish to donate and help the team meet its goals, please click here!

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Student Perspective: Tolleson’s Poetry Night for ABAN

This post was put together by the team leaders of Tolleson NGC: Shirley Springer, Ahmad Abujbarah, Melissa Carrillo and Ashley Suarez.   

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For the fifth time since its creation, the Tolleson NGC team held their famous Poetry Night. The event, which lasted from 5 to7 p.m. on December 7th, was highly anticipated not only by NGC team members but also by anxious students on campus.

At 5 o’clock the New Global Citizens banner proudly greeted the Poetry Night guests and performers. Like every year, the entrance fee was $1, and all proceeds went towards the club’s project, A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN), which helps young mothers in Ghana obtain an education, maternal health, housing for two years, and job skills – all while solving an environmental epidemic. Behind the table for admission were the concessions and merchandise tables, both displaying new items being sold this year, such as bows and pencil pouches made from old shirts and sweaters. In addition, Poetry Night’s famous tea and cream puffs were being sold as well as cupcakes and cake pops.

Once everyone was situated in the overfilling room, the performances finally began. A brief introduction explaining the history of Poetry Night as well as its inception was given before the microphone was handed to the first performer.

Like every year, many students performed musical pieces and recited poetry. This year in particular featured a student, Dawn Shaw, who recited an original piece written specifically for NGC regarding the empowerment of women and ABAN, which reads as follows:

Carrying the weight like Atlas

With poise

Tackling the obstacles and struggles

With a warm heart can soothe a broken one

And still yell at the world if given the chance

Some don’t even wait they yell

To make everyone hear

Their touch can hold a newborn with ease

Their smile can tell you a story and

Their eyes can show you a million emotions

With those eyes they can

Shake you to the bone

Make you cry with them

Or laugh at life for life

A woman is all this put into one

She is not weak or worthless

Nor powerless

Woman is one word which has

A hundred meanings

Before intermission, a brief educational piece was presented to the guests about ABAN and NGC, which explained the purpose of each and their impacts. Afterwards, the remaining performances and recitals were presented. The wonderful evening came to a close with a few words from the team leaders thanking everyone who came out as well as those who participated, encouraged others to join the group, and reminded everyone of their impact in helping the young Ghanaian mothers.

Tolleson NGC raised over $300 from this Poetry Night alone, making it the most attended and most successful Poetry Night the team has seen. We will be holding another Poetry Night next semester in hopes of raising even more funds for the project as well as educating more people about the issues.