Young People can Make a Difference

Maya Anderson is a 8th grader with great artistic talent and a vision for impacting those around her. Her book, Claws: The Prequel, is a futuristic novel featuring realistic anime and, much like the stories of Tolkien and Lewis, creates a new world and language. Maya loves drawing and creating stories, but she pursued developing and publishing this book to support arts programming in the Philadelphia Public School System. From books sale proceeds, Maya purchases and sends gift certificate to art teachers encountering budget cuts. With the support of her mother (who is acting as her editor and publisher), Maya has been given an opportunity to come out of her shell and positively contribute to her community. Being primarily responsible for the promotion of her book,...

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The Tetanus Speech

THE PAUL, JAY and STAN BLOG #9 In which, Jay and Stan talk about Paul. Jay and Stan are two guys who dream about changing the world. Together, they are reading Paul Farmer’s To Repair the World. Paul has a great reputation as someone who changes the world. This week, Jay and Stan are talking about the ninth of Farmer’s speeches, “The Tetanus Speech.” STAN TO JAY: Paul Farmer is so honest when he admits that his listeners probably won’t remember him or his speech. However, he states that “what people remember are stories” (113). Then, he proceeds to tell 3 stories about tetanus. I’d love to hear a story from you, Jay. Can you tell me a story of a time when an environmental issue became real to you because of the story or the...

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The Freire Project

Paulo Freire was a revolutionary educator that used education as a tool for empowering Brazil’s working poor. His theories of education have been developed through prolific writings and have acted as the primary foundation for critical pedagogy. The Freire Project has been developed to help connect educators to resources addressing implementation of critical pedagogy in the classroom. The Freire Project seeks to build an international critical community working to promote social justice across cultural contexts through supporting activism and critical research around culture, youth, community, and media. Using the website as a vehicle, The Freire Project connects educators to others of similar pedagogical affiliation as well as relevant publications....

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MA in Urban Studies Open House

Are you interested in learning more about impacting urban communities? Plan to attend Eastern University’s MA in Urban Studies Open House! Date: Saturday, February 21st from 10AM-12PM Location: Eastern University Falls Center Event will include a program presentation, panel discussion, and time to network with faculty, students and alum. Register at this link. Questions: contact 215-769-3121              

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Trauma Informed Practice in Philadelphia

Mastery Charter schools in Philadelphia are now training teachers and implementing trauma-informed practice, which purposes to address the root causes of negative behaviors such as toxic stress, neglect and abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and changing family structure. Partnering with Multiplying Connections, a Philadelphia nonprofit, much of Mastery’s professional development this year has been focused on trauma-informed techniques. These techniques have been particularly useful for staff in charge of discipline and school climate or culture. John Widmer, Mastery’s director of culture, reports that while they have continued to implement consequences for improper behavior, the consequences are no longer one-size-fits-all and support is offered in...

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“To Repair the World” – Part 8 – A blog by Jay and Stan

Jay and Stan are two guys who dream about changing the world. Together, they are reading Paul Farmer’s book – To Repair the World. Paul has a great reputation as someone who changes the world. This week, Jay (an Eastern graduate and sustainable development student) and Stan (his professor and friend) are talking about the 8th chapter of the book. Jay and Stan read a chapter and then ask each other questions about Paul Farmer’s ideas for repairing the world. (For their discussion of chapters 1-7, please visit their previous blogs on the A Rocha USA site. You will have to scroll to find Parts 1-7). JAY TO STAN: “Farmer describes the Haiti Earthquake as an ‘acute-on-chronic problem’ (page 101). What do you see as some of the chronic problems...

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Summer Jobs Help to Reduce Violence Among Youth by Corrinn Cobb

A brief published in the Science journal reports public summer jobs programming for high school students in Chicago’s most troubled neighborhoods has helped to reduce violent crime arrests by nearly 43 percent. The study comes out of the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab, which uses breakthroughs in science to help government agencies and non-profit organizations develop new, innovative approaches to reducing crime and violence. Statistics show that in acts of violence throughout the United States, majority of those crimes involve youth – who are more than two times as likely as adults to be both victims and perpetrators of violence.  The purpose of the study was to examine the widely held discourse among sociologists – such as William Julius Wilson –...

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