As someone who attended the Halloween party as a lower schooler many years ago, it felt especially good to set up the halloween party for new lower schoolers. In my years the haunted hallway was a series of claustrophobic boxes children would crawl through while being abused by high schoolers from above; it was a terrifying and somehow fun experience. But it felt good to change the halloween party and the way the kids have fun. The new haunted hallway set up seemed much safer yet still scary and fun, plus I had a great time hiding behind curtains and yelling boo at passersby. I also felt like the set up with plenty of games, a chocolate fountain, and fun ways of obtaining candy, was a wholesome experience and a much better experience for the kids than it was in my day. It felt very good to emulate and improve on the fun I used to have at the Friends lower school party.
My group’s social issue for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative was drug abuse in New York City. When I started the project I was hesitant. Before I worked and researched the social issue I was part of the problem in thinking that drug-users are to blame for their abuse. After a little research I quickly changed my opinion had a totally different outlook on the problem. Through this research I gained some essential skills. I now knew how to sort out which websites were scholarly and trustworthy, and I could fully cite a source and research.
However, some things in the Project were challenging. Lilith, my group partner, and I were sick and absent for almost the whole week of the presentation, and that made communication much more difficult. This might have been the major reason for our group not making it to the finals. We also had trouble creating a presentation with more images than words and I found that I resorted to reading the powerpoint at some points in our presentation.
The project also had many rewards. The aspect I found most rewarding to me personally was how my view of our social issue changed, and I found myself more tolerant. Also, the researching skills and citing skill I gained are going to be incredibly helpful in my high-school career. Also I loved learning about the New York Foundling organization.
Because of my interest in the Foundling Hospital, I am thinking of volunteering for them over the summer. On the Foundling website, there are many different volunteering options for all sorts of times.