For the you and the world project my ninth grade class had to choose an issue in the world that they found interest in. My teacher assigned this project because she wanted us to help others. She also knew that people these days think that teens only care about themselves. Which is not at all true. There are teens that actually care about the issues of the world. The problem is that some teens think that they’re too young, and think that we can’t help. Maybe we can’t find a cure for cancer or adopt kids from Africa but we can start within our own communities. If I just walk outside I see litter everywhere, kids that really don’t care about their education, and teen fights. Those are tangible things that we might be able to change. I can start with something little, like getting involved with organizations and programs that seek to change things.
For this You and the World project I would like to work with some girls in Philadelphia. I going to accomplish this goal by working with a camp called Teen Haven. I found interest in this project because I want to make a change in the way some girls think about life. In Philadelphia many girls grow up without a male figure in their life, in foster care, and have been raped. These factors can cause many girls to be depressed and build up a wall. It may also cause hurt, betrayal, and trust issues. At camp we attack these issues in group discussions and at camp fires.
By reading articles and researching I’ve learned so many things about foster kids.In an article about facts on Foster care, it says that 60,000 children in the U.S. are foster chidren. As you may know, foster kids are taken out of their home because of bad living conditions. Maybe their parent couldn’t take care of them because of money or they were being abused. Then, the kids are moved to completely different home. It;s like they have to start life all over again. They have to develop new relationships with their foster parents, make new friends, while their are still hurt by the old relationships they miss. On top of that they might be in a home that was worse than the one before. Most of the time their foster home isn’t even permanent. In a few months they might be in a new home, meaning that relationship process with have to start all over again. This might build up a wall and I can understand why. Who would want to make new friends just to have them go in a few months. All the drama that is happening in their life can cause a huge toll on them. After foster care some girls may not be able to live normal lives. Some may have to though I haven't been through almost anything they’ve been through I know I can make a change. Sometimes all they need is someone to talk to or to comfort them. I hope that I can change their outlook on life, even though it’s rough.You live laugh and grow.
Annotated Bibliography Click on the hyperlinks to learn more about Foster care.
Here's a link to my 2nd blog post
Antrobus, Simon. "Why Growing up without a Dad Can Store up Future Problems." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 21 May 2012. Web. 28 Nov. 2012. <http://www.guardian.co.uk/social-care-network/2012/may/21/growing-up-without-dad-future-problems>.
This article is about how growing up without a father can negatively effect a child’s life. This article is a helpful tool to me. I can understand what some kids without fathers feel like and relate it to my own life not living with a father.
"Foster Care System." - Student.com Articles. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Nov. 2012. <http://articles.student.com/life/living/foster-care-system>.
This article is about what foster kids go through. It also show how much their life is impacted by their experiences. This is an excellent article because it is very insightful. This article answered all the question that I ever had about foster care. It is also well writtened.
"September 25 - October 1 | Coming of Age." September 25 - October 1 | Coming of Age. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. <http://www.comingofage.org/philadelphia/emails/september-25-october-1>.
This is a good website to get pictures from because the site gives explanations of the
pictures. It also isn’t just good for pictures, but article too.
"Kidsdata.org Kidsdata.org." Foster Care. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Nov. 2012. <http://www.kidsdata.org/data/topic/dashboard.aspx?cat=4>.
This website has very good information on foster children. The site also gives you a clear picture on how a foster child’s life might be. The site is insightful and shows some stactics of foster children.
About Teen Haven." Teen Haven: About. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2013.
This website is all about Waterstreet Ministries. This website is good if you want to do volunteer work. It’s also good if you would like to send your child to Teen Haven camp.
"Volunteer." Volunteer. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Jan. 2013.
This website is good if you ideas of getting involved in foster care. The website is also good for stories.