Ginger Taylor YPI

Ginger Taylor (Erin Mumford)
In what ways has your attitude toward your social issue changed over the course of the project?
When I first got together with my group, we weren’t sure which issue we wanted to focus on. We all shared the values of justice and equality; therefore, we knew we wanted to focus on the justice system. When we started looking at different statistics regarding incarceration, I’ll admit I was a little nervous about going to meet people who work with ex-convicts, and possibly ex-cons themselves. I wasn’t sure whether it was a great idea because my mind immediately linked the work “convict” with “murderer” or “danger”. But after more research was done, and after we found Fortune Society, I knew my previous thoughts were wrong. I learned the struggle families and partners shared when a loved one became incarcerated. I learned about racial discrimination and the problems it causes within a household. I could see recidivism was a problem that could be fixed, and we could help. People who have done their time in jail shouldn’t be discriminated, they should be commended for the responsibly they’ve taken, and they should be treated like other human beings. This was not something I initially realized.
What aspect of the project did you find most challenging? rewarding?
        What I found most challenging was getting in touch with our organization, and creating a date for the visit. This is because we had to switch organizations twice because we did not: 1) feel as though the original organizations cared about the grant as much as they should, or 2) they organization simply wouldn’t get back to us. One of the most rewarding moments of the whole project was just getting on the phone with Sherry, the president of Fortune Society, and hearing her enthusiasm and passion. It was great to hear how excited she was to meet us, and much she had helped prevent recidivism.

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Reflecting on the Women’s More Fitness Half Marathon

The Women’s More Fitness Half Marathon took place on April 19th 2015.

My sister was a proud participant, and I was a proud audience member. During

the Half Marathon, I did not cheer for just my sister, but all of the women

running to promote fitness for women. The event was an example of a great

opportunity for any woman looking for a challenge. While cheering on for those

running, I noticed how happy each person was to be running for a cause. The fact

that the event enabled both supporters and runners to come together and

promote women’s fitness was amazing. The strength of the audience and runners

demonstrated how powerful fitness is when done together. Although the runners

were all female, many of the audience members were dads and sons and others

supporting a cause that was not specific to them. This showed me that people

care about more than that which merely concerns them. We are so lucky to have

accessibility to free fitness facilities in NYC such as central park. The race signified

that those places to practice fitness are not exclusive to males, and female fitness

is equally important to male fitness.

Lucas’ HOPE Count Reflection

My participation in the HOPE Count helped me understand statistics in the

real world by showing me the necessity in getting the closest number possible for

certain world problems. Using statistics in the real world is the first step in helping

solve many substantial and important issues such as, the amount of homeless

people in New York City, the amount of people in the United States with AIDs, or the

amount of African-Americans that are incarcerated. By finding a statistic for a

specific issue, we can discover how large and prevalent that issue is and then learn

how to help prevent or stop it.

Reflecting on the beautifully intelligent quote from To Kill a Mockingbird, it is

absolutely correct that one can never begin to grasp the struggles of another human

being until they are in their shoes. By going on the HOPE Count I realized how

detrimental a lifestyle it is and how saddening it was to have a large number of

homeless people tallied at the end. Seeing it first hand, I now know that I will never

be able to understand or comprehend what it’s like to live homeless in the city

unless I am living it.