"Hanging by a Shoestring" SLA Photo Show Top Pick for First Friday

Despite financial chaos in Philadelphia public schools, SLA managed to launch its first full-year high school photography program. Come join us on FIRST FRIDAY  (June 6th) at The Neighborhood House in Old City​ to celebrate 75 gifted student artists who won't take NO for an answer. 

Meet and mingle with the artists themselves, and learn how to support their upcoming $10,000 capital campaign to finance the future of the program via INDIEGOGO. (igg.me/at/SLAphotolab).

Philadelphia photographic and art luminaries Zoe Strauss and Paul Cava are acting as official judges for the show, and there will also be opportunities to sit for professional portraits by the students in their Great Hall Studio as well as purchase prints.

This is a Free Event.

The Neighborhood House
20 N. American St., Old CIty


YATW Blog #3 Agent of Change Teen Violence

Hey everyone, it’s Devia again! If you’ve been keeping up with my blog posts on youth violence, you should know that I’ve been researching on youth violence. For my first blog, I mostly wrote about what my topic was and why it was important to me. Also, it spoke of what caused the majority of youth violence and teenagers’ participation in violent behavior. For my first blog post, click here. My second blog contained information on my piece of original research. For that, I conducted a survey marketed towards teenagers in questions that could help the reader and myself better understand what goes through the average youth’s mind. To access my second blog post, you can click this link.

This blog is the final piece of my English class’ “You and The World” project. To conclude the segment, we had one last mission; become an Agent of Change. To become this ”Agent of Change” it was our sole duty to not only research and write about our important topic, but to help to better our issue. This is just us getting involved in our topic, trying to be of service in any way we can, any way that we can think of. For my Agent of Change part of the project, I chose to spread the word. Even though this blog is helping get the word about youth violence, it still isn’t enough. I needed to do something else, something greater than just this blog to spread the word. Around my neighborhood, I’ve been posting up papers and posters that support anti violence in youth. I’ve also spoke with my peers at my church on this topic.

I know it isn’t much, but it’s more than what somebody else didn’t do. By putting up posters and flyers, the word to help subdue youth violence will disseminate. First, through my neighborhood, then the city and from there, there’s no telling what could happen afterwards. There’s no telling how far my anti violence campaign will go. With that, the additional piece of my Agent of Change work was with my church group, where I briefly spoke on my You and The World project and youth violence itself. I hope that it was good enough to subordinate anyone that I spoke to to partake in youth aggression. Furthermore, I hope that the people I spoke with can follow in my footsteps to help spread an anti violence campaign in youth. I’m fraught with satisfaction based on what I’ve been doing. I feel as though everything that I do is serving a helping hand in detaching violence and aggression from teenagers.    

Other things are also being done to discontinue teenage violence as well. Various organizations and clubs have programs that help prevent youth violence as well. For example, the city of Philadelphia has conducted a project, located as a pdf here, designed to become a bulwark, stopping violent behavior from reaching youth beforehand. The plan is a multiple step project whose focal points are broken down into the categories of Education, Training and Employment, Meaningful Engagement, Health, Detention and Diversion and a Safe Environment. The city’s main idea is that by doing things to prepare them for the future, distract them from violence, and help promote safety, youth would more likely be prone to a nonviolent behavior. Furthermore, there are an array of clubs and programs that teens can join that influence a stray from violent behavior. One of those organizations being PAAN, the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network, which strives to help reduce the violence in youth.

Even though I did a lot of work, I still wish that some things were to be done differently. If I could change anything about my project, I would change how much I worked as an Agent of Change. I think that I could have done more to promote my issue to others. I could have scheduled more opportunities to speak about my topic to others and maybe helped out in an organization as a volunteer. Everything is okay though because I still think that no matter how much I didn’t do, I did enough.

Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who helped me while I was trying to do this project. I would like to thank my teacher, Mrs. Dunn, and my student teacher, Ms. Lucy, for assisting me and answering any questions I had about the project. I would also like to thank my old teacher, Mr. Crain for helping me to get more people interested in my issue. I would also like to thank everyone who’ve read my blogs and been keeping track of my issue.

Thank you!

Negative Space

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Negative space is the space around the picture that defines it. It surrounds the positive or subject of the picture. I found the negative space in the cut out by outlining the actual picture or positive space of the image. In the stool drawing the negative space was everything that was not touching the table in the center of the room. When an artist sees in negative space it allows he/or she to define the picture and find delicate pieces on what we should concentrate on. Negative space is useful to an artist because it creates more definition to the image.

Joseph tartaglia capstone


web link ^^^^


The reason i'm going to use this for my capstone is for understanding of comedy, i've created a way for just about everyone to understand the science behind laughter, and using this method will help us construct better story lines, scripts, and jokes, knowing the a secret to comedy really does improve you're way of thinking and you're understanding of what really makes us laugh. i created this system after a series of times studying the way i react to laughter.

gilly, richard. N.p., 24 08 2003. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <http://www.openculture.com/2009/10/ira_glass_on_the_art_of_story_telling.html >.

Now this is a source i'm going to use as an example to the people in the group, i'm going to show them the videos on the website and expand on the information on the videos with our own creative way of writing the stories, using our idea combined with this information on the site/video, will help us improve our way of story writing, because there are stories that are good and stories that are bad, and they are head to know sometimes (especially when you're the one writing it, sometimes you're ego gets in the way and you don't follow the structure, but that doesn't mean all stories have to be the same, all I'm trying to do with this info, is try to make the videos/films move with the story more and more perfectly as we create videos/films


(A website used to give information, nothing specific yet)

To give information about certain movies because this site gets really deep with actors, films, directors, producers, etc. anything to independent films to popular films, Imdb could gives us clips, photos of behind the scenes, and personal pictures that the actors/director puts on the site them self.


(A site used to find people, no information but information on finding people with common interests)

could use this site to find people that are particularly good at one thing involving a movie and use them for that par, (probably going to switch out these types of people ever video, besides people in the main ILP) It's going to help by learning to work with different people, getting people inspired to do it, and make people feel creative changing the way their wired so they can be more confident within themselves.

Scottman, Ron. Truth in Comedy: The Manual of Improvisation. Las Angeles: independent, 1999. Print.

Although learning a script is important, it is more important if the actor feels natural saying it, saying the script exactly could make an actor nervous, but giving them the freedom to say what comes natural but get the point across, it can work, but not in all situations, but it's important if they can improv so this book is good with that.

Brigade, Upright. Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual. newyork: newyork times, 2004. Print.

I want to have this as another source of improv because this book has different methods and newer methods to add on to the truth in comedy but i believe that they are both equally important to the independent film group.

Straczynski, J. Michael . The Complete Book of Scriptwriting. Cleveland: penguin, 1997. Print.

This book will help me format a script better and it will show us all different types of writing we could do in that sense, i will also learn more about moving a story forward instead of having a bunch of pointless scenes i could have a really good steady flowing movie. so i don't have to cut out scenes after i shoot them i will just have all good scenes 

 Zemeckis Robert. Back to the future

Movie. 1985. Universal studios


I'm going to make everyone in the group watch back to the future because i believe that it's a perfect movies to the last detail, when it comes to imagery, and scriptwriting and story telling, it has all the elements of a perfect movie, and the group will watch it and i'll explain how the scenes are set up and how there are deeper meaning to great movies.

wilson, Jack. N.p., 4 11 2008. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <http://zimmer.csufresno.edu/~candace/basics/shooting.htm >.

I believe that this site will teach us the right shoots we should use in certain scenes wither its a close a medium or whatever, this site will inform us on the shots we could should and shouldn't use. as opposed to one shot scenes which won't make the movie interesting. and more theatrical. 

jake, shmitt. "information please camera shots." camera shots. N.p., 7 4 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <Pearson Education>.

I believe it is very important that we get a better understanding on the sounds and audio parts of the editing process, the audio is very important, i could make, or break you're film, and if you are sloppy with it, no matter how good the camera shots are, all together the film will be bad, so we must study this more

Act I, Scene I (Ava, Des, Lauren, TJay)

There was a lot of essential material that we decided to keep, such as the main arguments of the characters. We basically left most of the things that did not include figurative language, because it wasn’t crucial to the plot. In addition to this, we decided to take out a lot of how the characters were feeling. We thought that since the characters express how they feel through what is happening, as well as the reader being able to imagine their emotions and how they feel for themselves make it easy to remove a lot of the spoken emotion.

We eliminated a lot of unnecessary banter. There was a lot of figurative language used, which we believed wasn’t necessary to get the main arguments of the characters across. Also, there were a few places where the characters were just going back and forth about the same things, so we thought it was just redundant, and removed it.

There is an officer who has only one line in the second scene. We kept him for a bit, but then we realized that we would have to add a separate character just to say one line that wasn’t that important, so we took him out of the scene. This is just about the only thing that we kept for so long because of being skeptical.


Brabantio: Brabantio is angry and upset because of his daughters decisions. He wants revenge. His rants and iambic pentameters have been taken out.

Cassio: Cassio plays a minor role in these scenes. He’s basically just fulfilling his role as Othello’s loyal ancient.


Iago: Iago is very mischievous and in playing him, I intend on being witty and sort of secretive but boastful. I am going to try to portray him as he was in the movie version that we all watched.


Othello: Othello’s character isn’t really revealed yet, because he is very different in the beginning of the play. However, I plan to portray him as very powerful, but a tad arrogant because of his position.


SCENE I. Venice. A street.



Iago, who hast had my purse

As if the strings were thine, shouldst know of this.

Thou told'st me thou didst hold him in thy hate.


In personal suit to make me his lieutenant,

I know my price, I am worth no worse a place:

But he; Evades them,

Horribly stuff'd with epithets of war;

for, 'Certes,' says he,

'I have already chose my officer.'

But he, sir, had the election:

this counter-caster,

He, in good time, must his lieutenant be,

And I--his Moorship's ancient.

Now, sir, be judge yourself,

To love the Moor.


I would not follow him then.


I follow him to serve my turn upon him:

We cannot all be masters, nor all masters

Cannot be truly follow'd.

In following him, I follow but myself;

not I for love and duty,

But seeming so, for my peculiar end:

But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve

For daws to peck at:


What a full fortune does the thicklips owe

If he can carry't thus!


Call up her father,


What, ho, Brabantio! Signior Brabantio, ho!

BRABANTIO appears above, at a window


What is the reason of this terrible summons?


Signior, is all your family within?


Why, wherefore ask you this?


'Zounds, sir

Your heart is burst, you have lost half your soul;

Even now an old black ram

Is topping your white ewe. Arise, arise;


What, have you lost your wits?

This is Venice;

My house is not a grange.


Because we come to

do you service and you think we are ruffians, you'll

have your daughter covered with a Barbary horse;


What profane wretch art thou?


I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter

and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs.


Thou art a villain.


your fair daughter,

At this odd-even and dull watch o' the night,

We then have done you bold and saucy wrongs;

If she be in her chamber or your house,

Let loose on me the justice of the state

For thus deluding you.


Strike on the tinder, ho!

This accident is not unlike my dream:

Belief of it oppresses me already.

Exit above


Farewell; It seems not meet, nor wholesome to my place,

To be produced

Against the Moor: for, I do know, the state,

However this may gall him with some cheque,

Cannot with safety cast him, for he's embark'd

To lead their business: in which regard,

Though I do hate him as I do hell-pains.

Yet, for necessity of present life,

I must show out a flag and sign of love,

So, farewell.


Enter, below, BRABANTIO, and Servants with torches


It is too true an evil: gone she is;

And what's to come of my despised time


Where didst thou see her? Are they married, think you?


Truly, I think they are.


O heaven! How got she out? O treason of the blood!

Call up my brother.

Do you know

Where we may apprehend her and the Moor?


I think I can discover him, if you please,

To get good guard and go along with me.


Get weapons, ho!

And raise some special officers of night.

On, good Roderigo: I'll deserve your pains.


SCENE II. Another street.

Enter OTHELLO, IAGO, and Attendants with torches


I hold it very stuff o' the conscience

To do no contrived murder: I lack iniquity

Sometimes to do me service

I had thought to have yerk'd him here under the ribs.


'Tis better as it is.


Nay, but he prated,

And spoke such scurvy and provoking terms

Against your honour

And hath in his effect a voice potential

As double as the duke's: he will divorce you;

Or put upon you

The law, with all his might to enforce it on,

Will give him cable.


Let him do his spite:

My services

Shall out-tongue his complaints.

But that I love the gentle Desdemona,

I would not

Put into circumscription and confine

For the sea's worth. But, look! What lights come yond?


Those are the raised father and his friends:

You were best go in.


Not I, I must be found:

my title and my perfect soul

Shall manifest me rightly. Is it they?


By Janus, I think no.

Enter CASSIO, and certain Officers with torches


What is the news?


The duke requires your haste-post-haste appearance,

When, being not at your lodging to be found,

The senate hath sent

To search you out.


'Tis well I am found by you.

I will but spend a word here in the house,

And go with you.



Ancient, what makes he here?


'Faith, he to-night hath boarded a land carack:

If it prove lawful prize, he's made for ever.

It is Brabantio.

He comes to bad intent.

Enter BRABANTIO, RODERIGO, and Officers with torches and weapons


Holla! Stand there!


Signior, it is the Moor.


Down with him, thief!

They draw on both sides


You, Roderigo! Come, sir, I am for you.


Good signior, you shall more command with years

Than with your weapons.


Where hast thou stow'd my daughter?

Thou hast enchanted her;

That thou hast practised on her with foul charms,

That weaken motion

I do attach thee

For an abuser of the world

Lay hold upon him: if he do resist,

Subdue him at his peril.


How may the duke be therewith satisfied,

Whose messengers are here about my side,

Upon some present business of the state

To bring me to him?


The duke in council!

Bring him away:

Mine's not an idle cause: the duke himself,

Cannot but feel this wrong as 'twere their own;


The Sickle Cell Anemia Disease Blog #3

Hello, It’s Dejah and i'm back to speak upon Sickle Cell anemia. This is my third and final blog on this topic. In my first blog i mainly focused on the background of Sickle Cell Anemia. I told how it was caused, etc. Here is the link… https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/document/d/1CHCZss-APVTyRxaYsB_MuX4-mFhxE0ZrwazFj9pZTxc
In my second post I used original research instead of things found online, in books, ext. I interviewed different places and people who had knowledge on the disease or work with this disease.  Here is the link…  https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/document/d/1EHTMZd_zmlYV3LrFo0u_7KyO8K3-bLZYAF1ilRgKnhw/edit
As for this blog I would to address the different that are being done to try to help Sickle Anemia and some things that I will be doing to help fight against this disease. Also I will tell how these blogs has helped me learn more on the topic and how I feel about this project. 
At this time stronger medications are trying to be invented to help with the cure of this disease. Also, there are foundations all over the world that donate funds to help make and test these medications. Support groups are also a big thing that helps with the victims of Sickle Cell Anemia. In September of every year there is a walk that supports this disease; Which ties in with my agent of change. 
I have not been able to do my agent of change because I will gather a group of people this upcoming September and go participate in the walk against Sickle Cell Anemia. I think this walk is a great way to show people that there are others that care and are supporting them.
When I first started this project I was not really passionate about my topic. I did not think this was going to be my topic the rest of the year. But as I started my research I became very engaged with the topic. There are a lot of people with this disease and it is sad to have to deal with the side effects that come along with it. The part really stuck out to me is there are a lot of people who does not have any knowledge on the disease. Yes, I know there are people who take it seriously but I don’t think enough people do. You hear a lot about cancer and STD’s, don’t get me wrong those are important things to know about; But nothing about Sickle Cell Anemia. Which is just as important as the other two. This project has bought something to my eyes that I never though to even think about before. I am happy that we had the chance do this because it helps you look at things differently. Also, it pushes you to be more active in the world. 
Yes I am happy with the effort and work I put towards this project but there is one big thing I could have done differently. I should have added more to my agent of change. Now that I am thinking I should have started a walk just for my school. And make that annual at my school. Also, I could have done more research on the medications they are tying to make to help Sickle Cell Anemia. 

Joshua Melendez Capstone


For my capstone I decided to do it on Poetry and Coaching the SLA poetry team. I helped coach them in the PYPM SLAM LEAGUE competition, which incorporates a lot of high school teams and even some elementary school teams from all over Philadelphia. The PYPM SLAM LEAGUE is an intellectual friendly competition. The main point of this competition was for students to meet new people and help youth discover the power of their voices. Personally I think poetry is a great thing that helps kids bloom into leaders and is a positive thing that could change lives. 
     This topic fits into my area of interest because poetry was something I have been doing on my free time. I’ve been writing since seventh grade and started competing in poetry competitions since my freshmen year of high school. Poetry also relates to my life goals in a way because poetry is something I want to keep doing and want to teach to others. I feel as though poetry can benefit someone in so many different ways and is a fantastic art form to help people to express themselves in a positive way. 

Link to Capstone: http://sla-poetry-team.weebly.com/

        Annotated Bibliography:

"Ancient Scripts: Origins of Writing Systems." Ancient Scripts: Origins of Writing Systems. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <http://www.ancientscripts.com/ws_origins.html>.

This site talks about the origins of writing and its mythical origins. Also that it was created in Mesopotamia, China, and Mesoamerica. It also talks about how writing is view today in modern society and peoples views on it.

Farrell, Rachel, © CareerBuilder.com 2011. All Rights Reserved. The Information Contained in This Article May Not Be Published, and Broadcast or Otherwise Distributed without the Prior Written Authority. "23 Traits of Good Leaders."CNN. Cable News Network, 03 Aug. 2011. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/08/03/good.leader.traits.cb/>.

This site talks about how there are 23 traits that make a good leader. Also that when a team has a good lead the team tends to excel pretty well and that a leader has a major impact on the team as a whole. So being a leader is key to having a good team.

"Fun Activities for Team Building for Teens to Get to Know One Another." Everyday Life. Dr. Kelly S. Meier, n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/fun-activities-team-building-teens-one-another-33111.html>.

This site talks about how team building is the best way to get a team together. It has specific examples on how people can play certain games that make kids laugh and have a good time and build trust between the kids. Also that celebrating things the kids have in common is something that tends to work efficiently.

"History of Writing." History of Writing. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <http://www.historian.net/hxwrite.htm>.

This site talks about the origins of writing and how it evolved over time. It also address the fact that writing was something that was created after language. It also talks about it went from drawings to paintings, to carved in rocks, then letters.

"Related Materials." Team Building Activities, Ideas, Games, Business Games and Exercises for Team Building, Learning Organizations Development,training, Management, Motivation, Kids Activities and Children's Party Games. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <http://www.businessballs.com/freeteambuildingactivities.htm>.

This site talks about how icebreakers with team building is very good to establish a relationship between teens who don't know one another. Also that interactions and amusement and fun is a great way to bring a team together.

"Team-Building Exercises." - Team Management Training from MindTools.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. <http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMM_52.htm>.

This site talks about team building activities that actually work. It talks about ways to improve communication between people. Thus making the team a better and affective team. This site also gives me a good demonstrate or conduct games that build on trust and communication.

"Team Building Activities For Kids." Team Building Activities HQ RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <http://teambuildingactivitieshq.com/team-building-activities-for-kids/>.

This site talks about how icebreakers are a good way to get team mates to know one each other. Also that creating a place of safety fro each kid leads to the kid being productive and making the space a bit more friendly.

"Team Building Activities Guide." Team Building Activities Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <http://www.teambuildingactivitiesguide.com/>.

This site helps people to find out what is team building and defining what it really is and why it is a major factor to a successful team. It also talks about how team building is used eery where. From small schools to big business.

"Team Building Exercises." Team Building Activities HQ RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <http://teambuildingactivitieshq.com/team-building-exercises/>.

This site talks about three key team building activities. One is designed for kids and school environments. The other is designed for people at work and to bring workers together and creating a better work environment. The last one is about how to bring a sports team together. All three of these are good was of making a better and stronger team with communication and collaboration.

"What Is “Leadership” and What Makes a Good Leader? | Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute." Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. <http://www.siyli.org/what-is-leadership-what-makes-good-leader/>.

This site defines what leadership is and what makes a good leader overall. I also talks about how great leadership in business its what makes a corporate exceed and how a good leader could turn something really bad into something magnificent. Also that great leaders usually have good Emotional leadership.

Jonathan Spencer Capstone

For my Capstone I worked with another student, Khari Evans in order to make a bionic arm at first. We quickly realized how impractical that was and rethought our Capstone. That was when we thought about designing something that didn't necessarily have to be attached directly to an arm but could be mounted to someone's back or to the side of a wheelchair. We quickly realized that we could accomplish this with a combination of simple machines. The top part is a lever, then there are two different systems of pulleys attached to it. There is also a set of springs attached near the bottom which act as a form of shock absorption. 

Throughout this Capstone I have learned a lot about a series of different simple machines and the roles they play alone and when together with a combination of other things they can be used to create more complex inventions. The arm can turn a 100 pound load into 7 pounds of effort on the user. This is simply a proof a concept that expresses how me an Khari Evans were able to work together and how a series of simple machines each played a role in the system. The final product was however a little bit of a disappointment because the base that the Mechanical Advantage Arm is attached to isn't the best of metals and bent easily after running a couple of tests to see what the max the arm was able to pick up. 
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Martez Card Capstone


For this final project here I wanted to do something that most people wouldn't dare do and something that will forever be remembered. Nuri and I ended up doing this capstone because at first we made a joke out of it but then people doubted us and thats when our pride made us want to end up doing the project and we also thought it would be very fun. So we decided that we would go out and get a first hand experience of the life of the homeless and record it for everyone to have proof that we actually did it. This capstone has opened my eyes to how cruel this world can be and how easily it is to have everything taken from you. it has opened my eyes to make me want to strive and do better so I never end up like this. 


1.  "Alpha Project: Where Miracles Happen!" Alpha Project Catalog Products RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. http://www.alphaproject.org/

This source is about an non profit organization who make it their duty to help the homeless and people who are in need. They also have basic homeless emergency service and they help anyone in need and provide housing and food. They help if you have a serious problem at home or something is wrong with your health and you really need help.

2.  "Building hope for today’s homeless ." Top Causes of Homelessness in America. Homeaid inc.. Web. 30 Jan 2014. http://www.homeaid.org/HomeAid-Stories/69/top-causes-of-homelessness

This source helped me because it gives information about what tends to cause homelessness. It also says the there are about 3.5 homeless Americans each year and that about a million of them are children. This also has helped me because it gives me ideas for the type of questions to ask the homeless people that I interview and also the people that work at the homeless shelters just to see if they are aware of these things.

3. "City of Philadelphia." Office of emergency shelter & services. City Of Philadelphia . Web. 28 Jan 2014.  http://www.phila.gov/services/emergency/index.html

This source helped me for this project because it gave me information in order to be able contact people in the city who are in some way involved with homeless shelters. I can use the contact information that I as given to find out who is the person I will need to talk to in order to continue on with work in this capstone.

4. ”Homeless Health Concerns.” Homeless Health Concerns. National Institutes of Health, 11 12 2013. Web. 30 Jan 2014. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/homelesshealthconcerns.html

This source talks about the health concerns for the homeless and lets you know that some people being homeless was caused from health issues. It also tells you some of the main health issues that the homeless have and that tend to be obtained from being homeless. It also talks about the dangers of being a homeless women and how they tend to be victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

5.   "Philadelphia Pennsylvania Homeless Shelters & Services For The Needy." Philadelphia Homeless Shelters & Services For The Needy. Helping the needy Philadelphia Homeless Shelters & Services For The Needy. Web. 30 Jan 2014. http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/city.cgi?city=Philadelphia&state=PA

This source helped me because it gave me many different locations and phone number to many different homeless shelters in Philadelphia and New Jersey. I now know where all of the homeless shelters in Philadelphia are located and the phone numbers in order to contact them to be allowed to come and interview people.

6. Prois, Jessica. "Philadelphia Homeless Feeding Ban Officially Blocked By Judge." . N.p., 14 Aug 2012. Web. 30 Jan 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/13/philadelphia-homeless-feeding-ban_n_1773438.html

This source talks about the attempt for philadelphia to ban the feeding of the homeless. The judge blocked this ban even though the Mayor had some reasons that could possibly make a good case for this to have happened. The mayor talks about how the homeless need other things than just food and this is why he tried to put the food ban into action.

7.  "Project HOME - Ending Homelessness in Philadelphia." Project HOME - Ending Homelessness in Philadelphia. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.  http://www.projecthome.org/

This source gives you an overall view of the project home and the different things that it helps the homeless with. It shows you the way that they help the homeless children get their education it shows the time of job opportunities that they offer to people to help out the homeless and it also shows the different kinds of housing and medical care.

8.  "The State of Homelessness in America 2013." National Alliance to End Homelessness:. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. http://www.endhomelessness.org/library/entry/the-state-of-homelessness-2013

This source talks about the economic issues that are found with homelessness and also the change in the amount of homeless people who are out here on the streets due to something happening in their life. It shows the change from 2011-2012 and begins to talk about 2013. It also says that homelessness is caused due to the fact in which people have the inability to pay for housing due to the income made by everyone in the house. The income made per household is also dropping.  

9. "Watch Full-Length Documentaries Online for Free. Updated Daily." DocumentaryTubecom Watch Documentaries Online for Free RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. http://www.documentarytube.com/amateur-documentary-film-making-tips/

This source gives tips on things that you should do to create a good documentary and things you can do to catch and keep peoples attention. This gives tips on how to make a documentary as if you are a professional filmmaker and with these tips it will be easy to make a very good documentary that everyone will love to see.  

10. "5 Simple Mistakes Documentary Filmmakers Make." Raindance Film Festival. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. http://www.raindance.org/5-simple-mistakes-documentary-filmmakers-make

This source talks about the things that people do when making/filming a documentary. This will help me as I go along with the recording process and when I am in the editing stage to make sure to avoid doing these 5 things that tend to make documentaries bad.

Website Link: http://amazingfilm.weebly.com/

Keyaira Doughty Capstone

Topic: Philanthropy: Youthadelphia
Mentor: Hull

Project Abstract: For my capstone I am going to work with the Philadelphia Foundation’s Youthadelphia program and help donate money to Youth-led and Youth empowered programs in Philadelphia. I will work with a faculty of other teams sitting down and discussing different issues affecting the teens in our communities and help fund programs that our helping to reduce those issue. At the end of the program we get to have a big ceremony and reward those programs with a big check and thank them for all they are doing for the people in our community.

I intend to gain more experience working with in a business setting with others collaborating on new ideas and topics revolve around my community. I intend to learn how to gain more experience with dealing with a great amount of responsibility in the workplace because when you’re working in a career you have to learn how to be a team and allow yourself to count on other people and share the responsibility.

Annotated Bibliography:

  Annotated Bibliography

"The World's Biggest Givers." The Richest . N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <http://www.therichest.com/celebnetworth/celebrity-lifestyle/giveaway/the-worlds-biggest-givers/>.

This website talks about different philanthropist who have given billions of dollars to different foundations and different causes all throughout the world. These causes range from scholarships for high school scholars, youth sports, cancer treatment, healing diseases, homeless shelters, single parents studies, vision impaired youth, entrepreneurs and etc. This website has helped me a lot with understanding why some philanthropist have decided to give their money and what types of causes a lot of people are for supporting.

"High impact Philanthropy." Boston Foundation. The Boston Foundation, n.d. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <http://www.bostonfoundation.org/Content.aspx?ID=14400>.

This website comes from the Boston Foundation and talks about specific necessities needed to make a philanthropic organization successful. One of the main things they talked about is that you do not need millions of dollars to have an high impact on people and or a cause. Instead of worrying about how much money you want to give you need to think about the time commitment, energy, and being actively involved in the cause. Giving money makes you a philanthropist but giving money while being an active participate in the process of bettering a cause makes you a great philanthropist.  

Lotha, Gloria. "Philanthropic Foundation." Britiannica. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/455867/philanthropic-foundation>.

This website gives insight on what a philanthropic foundation is and all that consist in beginning one. This website also taught me about the history of philanthropy and how the amount of money has increased dramatically over the years. Hundreds of years ago philanthropic organization were usually small and donated a small amount of money to only local and palliative purposes. The first huge amount of money donated to a specific cause was by Andrew Carnegie which was worth $350 million and was used to establish The Carnegie Foundation. Years laters researches have found out that most funds were for activities in the fields of education, social welfare, science, health, religion, conservation, international relations, and public policy.

Walker, Paul. ROWW. Reach Out Worldwide, n.d. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <https://www.roww.org/about_us.php>.

Reach Out Worldwide is a non-profit organization founded by the late Paul Walker. He first created this website after helping respond to the massive earthquakes in Haiti on January 12, 2010. Paul Walker believed that there was a huge and disturbing gap between the availability skilled volunteers and resources in post disaster situations. So he partnered up with STIHL to devote helping victims of natural disasters and making sure that they get access to skillful workers and paramedics to help and support them through a very difficult time. He provides project management, logistics, heavy equipment operation, firefighting, EMT, paramedics, healthcare, and etc and takes the time to go out and physically help build homes and help heal the sick. This website has taught me that some philanthropist who create non-profit organization do not just sit back and give out money but become active participates in fighting for the cause.

"Becoming a Philanthropist 5: steps." Huffingtonpost. N.p.. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/10/becoming-a-philanthropist_n_1507361.html>.

This website talks about the quick and easy steps to become a successful philanthropist. They talk about how in order to truly be successful you must be passionate in the cause you are trying to fund and don’t worry about just trying to give a check. This website is more uplifting and empower them to become great contributors. They talked about getting your issue known to lots of people and get them to understand why this is so important.

"How to be an inspired to Philanthropist." About. N.p.. Web. 31 Jan 2014. < http://nonprofit.about.com/od/fordonors/fr/inspiredphilant_2.htm>.

This website talks about what it takes to become an inspiring philanthropist. It gives you the tips of what you need to help improve your leadership skills, helping to find a certain role that you can fit into in the non-profit, knowing that this is a time commitment, that you should join a board and etc. This website was just like a few others I saw that were created to inspire, and educate how to become a successful philanthropist.

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Abstract & bibliography

http://pleasantcapstone.weebly.com- Link to my capstone

Tyanna Pleasant


Mr.Ameen, Sayre Morris Recreation Center

Topic Summary:

The goal of this project was to develop skills that best helps elementary school aged children study better.

Project Abstract:

My capstone is designed to help children in my community better their academic skills and for me to gain teaching experience. I always loved children since elementary school, and I love to see them academically improving themselves and they progress to the next grade and eventually get to where I am. The best people to influence these young children are teenagers, because we are not too far from them in age, and we are not bossy and intimidating to them as adults are. This gave me the idea of helping children develop the skills that I had as an elementary school child. During this process I learned that each child has a different way of better understanding material. So I decided to create a test with english and math questions on it to give to them. The children who did not do so well were the children that I will focus my project on. I helped them study using the methods I came up with that best work for children and practiced it on them. To help guide me, I studied a psychologist named Jean Piaget, who came up with a theory on cognitive learning. I gave them the test again and who ever passed showed me that my methods and how I taught them worked. This capstone has given me a better understanding of cognitive learning and efficient way to teach something to a child and make it stick.

  • Ashman, A. F., and Robert N. F. Conway. An Introduction To Cognitive Education : Theory And Applications. London: Routledge, 2002. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 29 Jan. 2014.

This ebook is a source I found on EBSCO. Its about cognitive education by Adrian Ashman and Robert Conway. I read the section about memory and learned that in order to best understand the way cognitive development is learned, you must understand memory and how the brain allows people to learn. Without memory a person cannot learn “... if there is no memory, there can be no learning and without learning memory is an empty storehouse.” It also shows diagrams of how memory works by comparing it to holograms. This is different than my other sources because it is a book written by two professors of a psychology field and it is about memory while the other sources are about Jean Piaget and his theory. I believe the goal of this source is to help others learn more about cognitive development and to help parents and teachers understand how to help their children and others when teaching them something new. This source was very helpful to me, it made me think deeper into my capstone project. Especially when developing my tips for the children. I know more about memory and how to enhance a person’s learning ability. It hasn’t really changed much about what I think of my project. It made me think deeper into what i'm really trying to accomplish which is making effective study skills for elementary school aged children.

This site is about Piaget’s cognitive stages of development. It goes more into details about what each stage of his theory says. It also says that Piaget acknowledged the children who did not go through this process accordingly because of other mental problems. The ages he has for each stage is the average ages of children he tested. I do think that this is a useful source, because it is not a blog, or a made up website. I think that website is reliable because it has who its by and when I search it the same information this website did. This website is different than the other I used because it elaborate more on the theory and what exactly does each stage of his theory is about. I think that it achieved its goal of informing others on Piaget’s theory. This information helped me think about how I am going to structure the test and teach the children my tips for better studying. Should I teach them visually, by writing on the board, or tell them something and make them repeat it?

This website helped me better understand how to write an annotated bibliography. It has a lot of information on grammar questions, annotations, bibliographies, and many other issues or questions someone may have about english, or things you should know how to do when writing a paper. It teaches students to split it up into three categories summary, assess, and reflection. Each section has guided questions based on what the section is about. This site is very reliable, a lot of schools and teachers recommend it and they use it to show their students. I think that this source is objective, it is educational and explains the correct way to write papers and other help other with grammar issues. This source helped me write my annotated bibliography. I answered most of the questions in each section as it pertain to each source in all of my annotations.

This video is about a psychologist who focuses on motivation and young children. This video explains her theory, that when you congratulate children on their success they will be more motivated to do it again and move on to harder challenges. When you do not congratulate them, they will either want to try it again or stick with what is easier for them. She studies the correct way to congratulate children because the way you congratulate them could have a positive effect or a negative effect on them. This source is useful because it gives me a visual explanation of who she is and what she does. It tells all about her theory and how she came to them from the tests she did. It helped me think more about how to keep the children motivated and wanted to learn more in order to keep them interested in what I am showing them. I learned the proper way to congratulate a child when they have done something right to make them want to do it again or move on to something harder.

This website was about the different theories made by psychologists about child development. It has the different theories and who they are by plus a link at the end about the theorist. This website helped me determine which theory I wanted to focus on because focusing on just child development was too broad. After reading the theory made by Jean Piaget, about cognitive learning, I became more interested and wanted to know more. I do think that this source is reliable because it is not opinionated. The goal of this source was to inform others on the different categories of child development and the theories that famous psychologists came up with that are also being used. This was helpful to me, it helped me determine what I wanted to do my capstone project on.

This website talks about what cognitive learning is and how do we learn. We learn cognitive by experience something, processing it, and remembering it. This source is based on something that I must know in order to complete by capstone. I think that I should know what cognitive learning is, and this website gave me a lot of information about it. I think that it is reliable because it isn’t made of others opinions, and it has facts that I can look up and confirm. This fits into my capstone by allowing me to have the ability to better explain what cognitive learning is. I will be able to inform others about how memory is a big part of cognitive learning, and it enables us to communicate with each other, and understand what others are talking about.

This video is a documentary about Jean Piaget and he theory. It shows actual clips of him testing his theories on children of different ages, from infants to teenagers. It gives an overview of his life from when he was a young child till his death. This is reliable because the man who made the video knew him personally, and he had actual evidence of Piaget working on his theory. I think the goal of this source was to inform an audience on who Jean Piaget was, and to show how his theory came to be. This source helped me in my capstone by better understanding his theory so that I could give the audience more about him and have the ability to answer any questions about how he came up with his theory and what made him interested in it.

This website is about what a student teacher learned while teaching at an elementary school. I will use these eight skills she learned when teaching the children at Sayre. It says that each student is different and they each have different potential. As a teacher you must push them to do the best they can. This source is credible because I know where and who the information is coming from, it also has other link to topics similar to it and it is coming from a personal experience. I will use this in my capstone by have a slide that will include how to explain things to some students and to remind my audience that each child is different and they do not think in the same way the teacher does so things may seem harder to them than they actually are. This source was very useful when learning how to make connections with the students to get them to better cooperate.

This website is about mindset and how Carol Dweck tested her theory with blocks. It introduces what a “fixed” mindset and a “growth mindset” is. Also how “gifted” children could avoid challenges because they are afraid of losing their status. This is a great source, it goes into more detail about Carol Dweck’s theory. It gave me more of an open mind about what else I should know when doing my capstone. This is different than the other sources in my bibliography because it is based on the mindset of humans. Also it talks about how the environment and the way a child is treated while growing up either gives them a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. This fits into my capstone by allowing me to better explain to other what is the difference between telling a child good feedback that will allow them to have a growth mindset, and feedback that will leave a child with their fixed mindset. It helped me think about how I should refrain the praises I say when they get something right or understand what I am teaching them.

This website is a biography of Jean Piaget, and it explains every theory he ever had, about developmental psychology each of them based on cognitive child development, detailed observational studies of cognition in children, and a series of simple but ingenious tests to reveal different cognitive abilities. It also informs us that before Piaget’s theory, children were just people with less sense and ability. No one really thought about how and why children act the way they did. Piaget showed that children have a completely different mindset than adults. This source was very useful, it also helped me realize that children really do not think the way adults do, which makes me start thinking about the brian development of children. I think I should further my research and look at the brain of children and adults and compare them.

Final Stats Podcast

Final Stats Podcast
​Group Members
Robert Jenkins 
Markietra Keese
Martez Card 
Niyala Brownlee

What Our Group Discussed:

Chapters 7,8,9, and 10.

How We Discussed It:

We basically just threw at dart at the topic of lying with percentages and based most of the discussion about that as that was what most of the chapters were about. We also discussed how people should do their research before just buying a product so that they can be sure they are getting what they want and need.  

Any Points of Conflict/Disagreement In Discussion:

We agreed that using percentages could help companies because it could hide a large number by having such a low percent. We also agreed that people cannot be mad about a product or anything that they have purchased if they didn't do any of their own research to make sure it was what they needed and wanted.

Positive and Negative Space Reflection

  • A. What is negative space?
Negative Space is the space around an object drawn. The object drawn is the positive space, so space around it is negative. 
  • B. Explain how you found negative space in 1. your cut out?, 2. in your stool drawing?
Negative space in the cut-out can be found by identifying the parts of it. In my cut out, you can see that since the object drawn is the owl (positive space) , the space around it (background) is negative space. 
  • C. Why does it help an artist to see in negative space?
This is useful because you can find hidden images, for example in a trophy drawing there are two faces.
  • D. How is negative space useful in creating art?
Similar to previous question-it can be used to "hide" images in your artwork and add detail without clouding your main focus. 

Keith Moody's Q4 BM Difference between then and now

  • What did you set out to do?
  • I set out to do multiple interviews then pick out 2 of them in which explained, the questions that I was asking in detail. These residents were giving their personal insight on what used to be. I also set out to find a couple of residents that were mainly born in the 20's and 30's so that we can see the history.

  • How does your work incorporate the art of storytelling?
  • They tell their own stories through the interview. There are many people who would love to get their stories out and these residents were happy to do so.

  • What do you hope your audience gains from your work?
  • I hope the audience gains a sense of feeling to the old days of life and be able to compare to theres. Even though things were cheaper life was a lot harder.

  • What did you gain from doing this work. 
  • Gained a sense of confidence which allowed me to help guide the residents through a series of questions. 

Sidney Williamson Capstone


My inspiration for this project came from a love I've been developing for poetry, since, I had Mr. Kay assign my class to write for the first time, during freshman year. I ended up sharing that poem with him and a few visitors and he asked me to join the poetry club. While I never did, poetry became a great outlet for everything from the good days to the bad, it was like everything I couldn't say, I could always write. I never thought I'd be sharing my poetry, it was always just something I kept for myself. Last year, I started sharing what i'd written with some close friends and their reactions are one of the main reasons I decided to share my poems publicly through this project. Another reason I feel more inclined to share my poetry, now then I did in previous years...Last year I was in attendance to the Slam League's Championship showcase, and it blew me away. These were kids just like me, who'd written everything they couldn't have said any other way, and they were baring it all to all of us. So many people were touched, and everyone could relate to something that had been said that night, and I decided I wanted to give that same feeling to people one day. This wasn't my first choice project, but out of everything I proposed doing for this project, this is something I can truly say is important to me and has my undivided attention. I hope what I'm presenting with this project brings people at least half as much inspiration as I felt that night. 

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