for investing in the futures of CI teens and their communities. Our teens have been working hard to make this year’s projects the most powerful ever!
The service projects below represent:
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“One thing that makes us very proud is that one of the mothers came to us and she told us, ‘I like your group. I like how you talk, what you teach. I hope there will be more of you.’”
1. Draft research and write proposals.
2. Review select and finalize proposal.
3. Enlist volunteers and support from local partners.
4. Plan and budget the project.
5. Implement and manage the project.
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Problem: Certain areas of the community are impassable due to crumbling infrastructure and unsanitary conditions.
Solution: CI teens want to connect communities so they can work together to improve their living conditions. The project has three parts:
This project benefits 200 people, including 50 sponsored teens.
Problem: The hurricane season affects many families, leading to flooding, loss of possessions and a higher risk of disease.
Solution: CI teens seek to help families feel safe during and after storms. Their project involves four steps:
This project benefits 1,220 people, including 325 sponsored teens.
Problem: Youth have few opportunities to participate in recreational, educational and personal development activities.
Solution: CI youth leaders understand that building knowledge and skills in a variety of areas will increase their odds of pursuing personal, social and financial growth. They identified three in-demand jobs that teens in their community can learn.
The project includes two key components:
This project benefits 600 people, including 500 sponsored teens.
Problem: Guatemala has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in Latin America.
Solution: CI teens want to break the silence about the truths and myths of teenage pregnancy. They will use three main activities to educate their peers and families:
This project benefits 250 people, including 50 sponsored teens.
Problem: Many local schools have poor infrastructure and
lack proper supplies, such as desks, blackboards and educational materials. This deficiency negatively affects children's learning.
Solution: Youth leaders have earmarked funds for much-needed supplies and building repairs for 10 area schools. Some schools will get brand-new restrooms, classrooms or fences, while others will undergo restroom, roof, door and window repairs.
The CI teens will also lead educational sessions for students about:
This project benefits 1,470 people, including 595 sponsored teens.
Problem: Drug use among Indian teens — especially boys — is on the rise, due to easy accessibility and peer pressure. Drug use can negatively impact school attendance, kids' motivation and their self esteem, which hurts their chances of ever breaking out of poverty.
Solution: CI youth leaders are organizing a series of substance abuse workshops facilitated by local professionals. Following the workshops, participants will share information with young kids, teens and adults in their communities through plays, rallies and puppet shows.
These demonstrations will cover:
Once all the events have taken place, a team of CI teens, CI staff and professionals will survey participants to evaluate the project’s effectiveness. This project benefits 15,408 people, including 8,895 sponsored teens.
Problem: Impoverished families typically are unaware they're throwing money away by not using energy-efficient light bulbs or recylcing their trash. It's also common to see communities littered with garbage, which can be harmful to their health.
Solution: Because the teens have learned how environmental stewardship is beneficial for both individuals and the community as a whole, they've created a two-step plan:
In total, this project benefits 3,000 people, including 300 sponsored teens.
Problem: Pollution from garbage is a concern in many Filipino communities. Recycling could greatly decrease the amount of trash that makes it to the streets, but residents lack awareness of proper waste disposal and recycling.
Solution: After learning that 56.7% of solid waste, such as kitchen scraps, yard waste, paper and cardboard, glass and plastic, come from residential sources, CI youth leaders in Quezon City decided to develop an environmental awareness program.
This large-scale campaign includes a seminar, community-wide cleanup event and education about how families can create and sell crafts made from recyclable materials.
This project benefits 2,077 people, including 1,577 sponsored teens.
Problem: Low self-esteem and a poor self-image make it easier for teens to fall into harmful and negative behaviors, which could inadvertently affect sponsored kids’ grades, health, employability and more.
Solution: CI teen leaders believe taking care of one’s appearance and being respectful increases self-respect and helps a teen become a more productive member of society. So they launched a weeklong campaign called Respect My SWAG to teach peers how to dress appropriately and be respectful of others. (SWAG stands for “self-worth at a glance.”)
The project benefits 2,500 children and teens, including 1,000 sponsored kids.
Problem: Many classrooms in Lusaka’s poor communities are in bad shape due to vandalism. Without a safe learning environment or decent furniture, children find it difficult to study and concentrate.
Solution: CI teens in Chibolya are using funds to fix a community school’s doors and windows, rehabilitate and paint classroom boards and provide desks.
This project benefits 822 people, including 522 sponsored kids and teens.