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.
To all you agents out there – here’s an update on what some of the courageous leaders at Gullett are working on:
The team focusing on mass shootings put up posters around their school. They’ve also continued writing petitions and letters to the government asking for stricter gun control.
The team focusing on animal cruelty made posters, and they are working on a fundraiser for local shelters.
The team who wants to stop terrorism is focusing on first learning more about the issues related to the problem before diving into action!
The Environment team organized with other students to pick up trash during the last 5 minutes of recess. This was successful for a little while, but they lost steam, especially after the winter break. They also recognized that while they had been picking up trash, others were still littering so it didn’t feel like they were making a huge difference. They decided to make posters encouraging people to stop littering, and spreading the message to others to help pick up trash during the last 5 minutes of recess. Great evaluation of your success and trying again, Team Environment!
Agent Manor’s class addressed the topics of racism and terrorism. Team Terrorism made a poster that they would like to post in the school. They also wrote a letter to Obama encouraging peace talks in the Middle East. Team Racism discussed what causes people to think in prejudiced ways, and started making posters to put around the school encouraging equal treatment.
In Agent Lopez’ class, Team Animal Extinction started working on a fundraiser to donate to the World Wildlife Fund. They started planning the details and thought about who they need to talk to in order to make the fundraiser happen. Team Pollution and Littering started making signs to post around the school encouraging people not to litter and to take care of the environment. They also talked about asking the principal if they can put more trash cans around the outside of the school.
What inspiring progress, Agents! We hope you continue working on your missions!
Agent Perez’ class chose the topics of deforestation and pollution during their CIA training. Since both groups have similar goals, they decided to work together to write letters to the government asking for better laws to protect the environment, particularly regarding deforestation and emissions from factories.
In Agent Herbst’s class, Team End Homelessness is working on creating care packages to give to homeless people. Team End Racism is working to create a play that raises awareness of some of the issues they’re concerned about, and how we can work together to solve them.
In Agent Garvey’s class, Team End World Hunger is working to start a food drive at their school. They also learned more about what organizations in the area are working to alleviate hunger, and how they can join those organizations to help. Team End Animal Abuse is working on a video that raises awareness and shows teaches how to be a responsible pet owner. They’re hoping to collaborate with Austin Pets Alive! to see if they can go there to get footage of the animals.
Congratulations, Agents! You’re making great progress! We’re proud of you! Remember to keep evaluating your success and trying again and again and again!