Some of Berkman Elementary’s new agents formed an anti-racism committee on their campus, had their first meeting open to the school campus, and presented their idea for an anti-racism mural to their principal!
Agent Austrum’s groups were inspired to chose new problems: 1) stray animals/ animals in pounds 2) gun control 3) electoral college. Agents have been researching and making Google docs in order to continue communicating without having to physically meet.
Agent Deatley’a groups were also inspired to chose new problems: 1) Hunger/mental illness within the homeless population 2) stray animals and animal testing. The agents have been involved in lots of research, Google doc making, and plans for bake sales and raising awareness.
In Agent McCorkle’s class, the team focused on Racism is already getting started on a YouTube video about the messages they dislike coming from the campaign of Donald Trump! You can hear some of their ideas about what they dislike, and what they want instead here.
The team focused on Violence started writing very thoughtful letters to the state senate asking for more gun control.
We’re inspired to see your progress on your missions, Agents!
One year ago, we had the privilege of training yet another class of Courage in Action Agents at Austin Peace Academy. When we visited to train a new unit this year, we were so thrilled when Agent Garcia told us that last year’s class has had some outstanding success! They were very concerned that their school did not have a Physical Education Teacher. So, the Agents rallied, started a petition, and convinced the school to hire a PE Teacher! Way to 1) Recognize a Problem and Imagine Solutions, 2) Assemble a Team and Make Plans, 3) Take Action, and 4) Evaluate Your Success and Try Again! It appears your mission was extremely successful! We hope you are now fully activated and using your knowledge as Agents to try using the Four Steps to becoming a courageous leader again and again and again!
We’ve just got some exciting updates from the agents at Linder Elementary!
The team working to help people with serious illnesses like cancer are working on a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The fundraiser will most likely be a game day, and they will invite families to come and play games and raise money.
The team who wants to end deportation of loved ones decided that writing letters was the best action to take. Some students chose to write letters to the government, and others decided to write to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The team working to end animal abuse is making a song and video to encourage people to treat animals fairly.
The team focused on gas prices also decided to work on a YouTube video about the issue.
The team who is concerned about gun violence wrote letters to Senator Cruz asking for stricter gun control laws, particularly on background checks. You can hear more about their mission, in their own words, here!
You can also hear about courageous leaders of Linder’s ideas about ending poverty in their own words here!
Here’s what the courageous leaders of Rodriguez Elementary have been working on since their Courage in Actin training ended:
A team concerned about the messages in Donald Trump’s speeches started making posters encouraging equal treatment for all people.
The team focused on the treatment of immigrants in detention centers worked on writing letters to Immigration and Customs Enforcement asking for better treatment of everyone in the facilities, and to let people free to stay in this country.
The Natural Disasters team and Hunger/ Homelessness team realized that they had similar goals for the action they had decided on. They were both working toward food and clothing drives to help people affected by all of these things, so they decided to work together toward a food drive.