As the end of the summer approached, the Boys and Girls Varsity soccer teams drove to JFK and boarded our flight to Trinidad. From there, we transferred to Tobago and checked in at our hotel. During the trip, we explored the island and played a lot of soccer. The Boys Varsity team played against three local teams, and we and the Girls Varsity team held a clinic. At the clinic, we led a group of some 50 locals aged 8 to 18 in warm ups, drills, and cool downs. At the end of the clinic, we handed out dozens upon dozens of cleats, shin guards, and jerseys. Overall, the clinic was an amazing and fun opportunity for us to give back to the island that we were enjoying.
On Saturday April 29th a couple dozen of us got to school at 6am and got on a bus. About four hours later we arrived at DC. We then took the DC metro to the start of the march. There were some 200,000 people who came to DC to march for something to be done about climate change. We marched from the starting point, around the White House, and finished at the Washington Monument.
Throughout the entire march we waved our homemade signs and shouted our chants. Passing by the Trump International Hotel we shouted “Shame, shame, shame!”
This Climate March was a great experience because it showed me how people can organize themselves and take action to make the world a better place even when it seems that there is every obstacle in the way of progress.
When my group members and I came together as a group for the first time, we were unsure how we would be able to combine or reconcile our different initial opinions of what innovation is. It was, initially, a small struggle to find a specific topic that was both a social issue and was something that we identified with. In our search for a non-for-profit that we found addressed a social issue and promoted or fostered innovation, we found Hope and Heroes (www.hopeandheroes.org). Hope and Heroes was a perfect find for us, as it both addressed the issue of pediatric cancer and searched for innovative cures, all the while trying to make the treatment process less abrasive. They make the treatment process less abrasive by advancing treatment techniques, helping the families cover their bills, and giving gifts to the children. By investigating this information and researching its impact and all that there is yet to do, I have developed a strong desire for change in pediatric cancer, even though I am not directly impacted by it.
Of my group members, I––mostly––was in contact with our contact in Hope and Heroes, Jeremy Shatan. This communication included introducing us, setting up a meeting, and everything in between. Through these (though relatively brief) communications with Jeremy, I think that I have improved my communication skills. I feel like the YPI project has allowed me to better my ability to convey what I mean to others better over the nonverbal media which is email.