For my Capstone, I created an online Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) at Science Leadership Academy, in addition to preparation for the QSA next year. My Capstone began with an inquiry question: How can school communities better support LGBTQ+ students? This question developed over time into another question: In what ways is technology instrumental in overcoming obstacles to connect a community? This Capstone has taken a winding path, with many twists, turns, relocations, and adjustments. The first of many obstacles this year was the asbestos crisis. While the relocation was jarring and unexpected, the online adaptation of school sparked a new vision of what the SLA QSA could be. I created an online SLA QSA, via Discord, a social media platform. Once school returned to being in a physical location, it was a time of adjustment, during which I had to rework many of the plans. From designing posters for the in-school meetings to doing the necessary write-ups for the online SLA QSA to be approved by a lawyer of the Philadelphia School District, I learned and experienced the steps required to overcome the obstacles that come with connecting a community in a time of turmoil. Each time the date and location of the first meeting were determined, there was another relocation. In the end, the online SLA QSA withstood the obstacles that the in-school meetings couldn’t. The final result was an online QSA, as well as a variety of materials that can be used next year, by the future QSA leaders.
For my capstone I was originally going to create a club during school hours for whoever was interested in learning some hiking and camping skills. I was planning on designing flyers to hang up around the school to advertise my club. When the virus hit I had to adjust to the circumstances. I sent out zoom invites to those who had shown interest in the club before school closed. Not everyone was able to log in everytime but I was also able to reach out to people outside my school. In the span of two weeks I was able to host 4 meetings with my friends that were available at the time set. I learned that it is extremely important to be well organized and always have a plan before presenting. Before each meeting I would write down some questions I thought would be asked and answer them so that I was more prepared. I had a lot of fun with these few meetings and being able to teach my peers about something that I am passionate about was amazing. I hope to put these new skills to the test with my club and go on a hiking trip once it is possible.
Originally my capstone project was about making prom dresses, but due to the circumstance I was unable to gather the materials needed to finish. I decided to change my focus on eyelash extensions due to its popularity gain in the beauty industry. I've never done eyelash extensions before, so I decided to start from scratch. I learned independently by watching the process on youtube. I followed a professional lash trainer's tips for eyelash extensions and got familiar with the techniques used. Since I have relatives in the beauty business I was fortunate to have all the materials needed to get me started. After becoming familiar with the process, my mom allowed me to practice on her. Through this experience I learned what motivates me in the beauty business, and I learned to have more patience. The entire process took 2-3 hours per session. If I had more time and without this circumstance I would have interviewed different people in the beauty industry to give their take on how a small change like eyelash extensions can transform someone's confidence. The main goal of this capstone was to find my passion in beauty and take this with me to my future career. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sqvuS9QetFAZx1Pyp2mNR-veBifmQbKwKJX8FEdls88/edit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sqvuS9QetFAZx1Pyp2mNR-veBifmQbKwKJX8FEdls88/edit
The Self-Confidence Project is a research project orchestrated by myself and Oszain Bangura. Together, Oszain and I conducted a thorough study and completed extensive research on self-confidence within the minority adolescent communities. We took this information and formed our website as an accessible way for young women to engage, learn, and build their self-esteem by sharing experiences with others like them. In addition to this, our project included 6 digital interviews with people from different communities, different backgrounds, and different ethnicities. It is extremely crucial to us that the people we asked questions were always comfortable sharing their personal experiences. Consequently, the interviews were made anonymous with a choice of being identified if they wanted. With that being said, our main goal was to capture and accentuate the powerful and esteemed experiences of these young women who reflected on their journey of self-confidence.
The Self-Confidence Project Official Website Link:
hello, Im Isayas Johnson and for my capstone i decided that i wanted to make a website taking a look at spirituality in different religions and what I learned and what you could learn from them. I picked this topic after having to change my first topic because of covid-19. i picked the three religions or spiritual practices that i found the most interesting and tried to stray away from typical ones. https://sites.google.com/view/isayascapstone/home
Originally. my project was a wall scrapbook of SLA filled with things from SLA students. Due to the pandemic, I was left unclear about what my capstone was. Everything was getting messy and I just felt confused and useless. That's when I was inspired by a friend to make and donate masks to a place in need. I then began to do research and ask questions on what I would need to make a mask. I watched videos on how to make them and started. After overcoming some challenges during the process, it was all worth it when I finished over 30 masks in less than two weeks. I researched facilities in need and decided I would donate to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. It felt great giving back in a time of need to a hospital that helped me when I was younger. I wouldn't have been able to do this without the help of some amazing SLA staff.
Hey guys! For my senior capstone, I decided to create a website that would be a platform to donate dresses. My original plan was to collect dresses and then hold an in-person prom drive. Due to COVID-19, this was not possible. The dresses that I collect will be used for the following prom season. (2021) Although I was not able to attend my senior prom I attend my junior prom so I knew first hand the financial strain that attending prom brings to a family. If I can help someone to allow another girl to attend her prom I am glad to do so. The process of my capstone was a very challenging one and I faced many obstacles along the way. When looking at the process of how a prom drive could be possible I began to think of the benefits this would bring. I started by getting the word out through social media. Then once I had those who were willing to at I made them sign a contract stating they were giving there dresses away. Switching gears to the website which is that I am the most exciting. This website is easy to maneuver around. I believe this is very important because it helps all backgrounds to be able to access a dress if needed. In the end, I was able to collaborate with girls all over the city to donate dresses. I set a goal of 30 dresses when starting this journey I have fallen short by just a few dresses. With your help, I could reach my goal ;)
Link to Annotated Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18z7UfjLaoshTh4Rb-Y68C_vBbciwWcS6-T-IAhSPWLc/edit
website link: https://oadebayo20.wixsite.com/mysite
My capstone is an informational website called Are You Aware? that talks about different cancers and diseases. I handcrafted awareness ribbons that support a cause to donate money to its corresponding organization. I've changed my idea countless times from making t-shirts to painting phone cases to finally making ribbons and this website. My ultimate goal throughout the whole process was finding a way to help people in need around the world. I've learned about 13 different cancers and diseases while researching and creating my website. You will learn about what these cancers and diseases are, what causes them, the symptoms, how to prevent it, facts, survival rates, and what organization the donation is going to. You can purchase 15 different colored awareness ribbons. Information about each ribbon is on my site. Please feel free to share my Are You Aware? website to your loved ones and donate to make a change somewhere or in someone's life.
Link to my Are You Aware? Website: https://sites.google.com/view/are-you-aware/home
For my Capstone, I decided I wanted to do something with the sneaker community. I took it upon myself to make an Instagram page where I would be giving information about when shoes were releasing and more of the ins and outs of the community. Over the course of the year, I would post pictures of certain shoes and let people know when they were coming out and the price for them. Even though they aren’t up yet there will be videos explaining in detail how to get better with certain aspects of obtaining different shoes. The posts were made on a somewhat weekly basis if not weekly at least monthly at different times. With this project, I learned that these sneaker pages take a lot of time to keep up and running. They also can get tedious at times so newfound respect arose for those pages that I got some information from.
Link to the Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/theelitefeets/
Link to Annotated Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1flPlNGkNqBq6LGQ__o5OtJR01gz3pHfYjiPxRAEfRzk/edit?usp=sharing
My Senior Capstone is on Self Worth & Self Confidence. I made a video and interviewed one of my peers to get their views on self confidence, self worth and how they conquered their issues. I find it very important and I feel as though you should always love yourself through anything. I had to learn that as I faced those challenges of low self esteem and low confidence in elementary school. Feeling that way and not believing in yourself can affect everything that you do. I learned when people put you down and treat you differently is because of their own insecurities of themselves Having self confidence and self worth is a great thing to have and I also have to learn that I was enough. So I say to you over and over again do not put yourself down but instead encourage yourself and know that you are great. These are two major factors that are very important in today's society. so many women go through these things. Studies show there are 75% of women that go through self confidence. Self confidence can come from many things It can come from a situation or even social media it dictates how we should look or even feel. One of the reasons why I chose this topic is because it is very prevalent in today's society and I also had to overcome some of those issues. I also wanted to share with other young women that they are confident and to know their self worth.