Building a School-Community
ShareChange is a civic-focused, education nonprofit that helps engage students through project-based learning. We prepare college students to run customized programs in and outside high-school classrooms that structure, guide, and support students and educators through civic engagement projects that meaningfully impact their community. Our programs apply systematic problem solving, research methods, and community development principles to evaluate and solve community problems that impact students' lives.
Our mission is to strengthen our schools and communities by engaging youth in collaborative problem-solving.
As citizens, we must critically reflect on how we relate to our government and each other. A well-functioning democracy requires citizens to understand current social, economic, and political climates, as well as the underlying systems through which they are created, influenced, and sustained.
We have the responsibility to prepare our students to actively participate in our government; and a participatory democracy is best learned through direct experience, such as service learning.
We envision a supportive and collaborative learning environment where youth actively contribute to a healthy, participatory democracy.
Service Learning is when students collaborate to apply research methods and problem solving principles in real-world contexts and find creative solutions to community problems. Service learning is well recognized as an effective approach to increase student engagement, as students are able to learn and apply information to issues that are relevant to their lives.
However, despite often being a graduation requirement, students and teachers find it difficult to find the necessary time, resources, and expertise to complete effective, worthwhile projects.
What it looks like
1) Train college students from our Civic Engagement Fellowship to be Program Facilitators
2) Create Program Facilitator teams or pair a Faciliator with a trained HS teacher to run our Service Learning Program (SLP)
3) Run SLP Curriculum in a HS class and guide students through the development of an Action Plan
4) Work with community stakeholders to execute Action Plan and complete Service Learning Project
Ready When You Are
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Fred Stephens is native of New Jersey who has worked in youth development for most of his life. From involvement in his home church to the Boys Scouts and through organizations, most notably Americorps, Communities in Schools, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Being a product of the inner city and public schooling through college (University of Maryland Eastern Shore), he is an enormous advocate for ways to engage the youth populous for the betterment of our communities and the nation.
Kazumi is a biology teacher in an inner city high school within the Los Angeles Unified School District. She graduated from Claremont McKenna in 2006 with a dual B.A. in Psychology and Black Studies. In the 2008-2009 school year she started her career as a Westchester High School Math and Aerospace Magnet science teacher. Over the summer of 2010 Igus went to Tanzania to volunteer as a biology teacher in a secondary school designed to support orphans and children in extreme poverty. While there she assisted the directors of the school in finding and writing grants for funding, adopted the local curricula standards to create more interactive and accessible lessons for the children of the school, and expanding her interest in cross-cultural relations. Kazumi recently received her M.A. in Educational Psychology from Pepperdine.
Kate graduated from the University of California Los Angeles, with a BA in English and minor in Education. She is an experienced facilitator who has trained facilitators for over 3 years and has over 5 years of experience facilitating programs for UCLA, UCSD, and private companies. As an undergraduate, Kate advocated for education and student voices by facilitating statewide student conferences for both the California Association of Student Councils (CASC) and the Student Senate for California Community colleges. Kate graduated from UCLA Anderson's EDGE business literacy program, in which her team won the culminating case competition. Kate couples a practical business perspective with her experience as an experiential educator. Kate is committed to developing sustainable, high-quality, experiential education programs.
Eric received his Master's in Public Policy from UCLA's School of Public Affairs with a concentration in international economic development. He was awarded the Michael Dukakis Fellowship in Public Policy to become a Mayoral Intern at the Minority Business Opportunity Center (MBOC) in the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Economic Development (MOHED). As an intern, he analyzed LA City procurement and policies for helping Los Angeles businesses. For his master's Applied Policy Project, Eric conducted interviews, administered surveys, and analyzed patient data for the CEO of St. John's Well Child and Family Centers, evaluating options to help meet overwhelming patient demand. He has also worked as a Behavioral Interventionist in LAUSD and provided consultation on Service Learning for the League of Women Voters LA (LWVLA). Eric received his Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from UCLA, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and Phi Beta Kappa from the College and Departmental Honors programs.
Jackie has over 20 years of experience teaching in Los Angeles. She is the current chairperson of the Venice High School Special Education Department. Jackie received her PhD from USC in Curriculum, Instruction, and Human Learning. Jackie has trained teachers throughout her career, including four years as an instructor for the District Intern Program (the District's credentialing program), teaching classes in Reading, Literacy, and the Special Education Laws. She has also been a conference and in-service presenter for UCLA Center X in the area of "reading in the content areas." Jackie is on the Board of the Profoundly Gifted Institute. She has also designed and implemented workshops for teachers and other staff in the areas of reading, literacy, and instructional planning.
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SEE creates working relationships with activists and projects that are charitable in nature. We incubate projects that will eventually make a cultural impact by creating progressive change. Our projects provide constructive innovations at grassroots levels and also long-term cultural transformation to create a more socially just and environmentally sustainable world.
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