The Voice Project! 2013


How hard is it to change the world?

A Baughman/ Anthony/ Zoe Collaboration

After students are exposed to the myriad of issues facing our community, nation, and world, they will select an issue for which they have great passion. Through research and discovery, students will understand their issue and connect with an organization trying to do something about it. Through that community partnership, students will take action through fundraising, awareness campaigns, volunteering, and/ or changing public policy. We will change the world, one voice at a time.

Part 1 – What do you care about?
Please click on the following links to complete the webquest. All of the organizations you will learn about are in San Diego and exist to help with issues that are happening in our community!

In order to move to the next part of the project, you must complete 8 of the following 12 web quests. As we have discussed, this is your opportunity to understand the issues facing our community, our country, and our world. Go forth young activist…learn, discover, and think about how you can make a difference.

1.San Diego Coastkeepers: San Diego Coastkeeper protects and restores swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters in San Diego County.
Roll over “Learn” and click on “Data From San Diego Beach Cleanups”
1. How did Coastkeepers start getting this information?
2. Which beach had the most debris collected? About how much?
3. Look at the “Types of Debris” chart. What percent of the trash collected was cigarettes/ cigarette butts? Combine all of the slices with “plastic,” what percent is that?
4. Click here to look at a map of polluted beaches in San Diego County. List the beaches or areas that you have visited or know about.
5. From the same page, what is the “303(d) list and who creates it?
6. Go back to the San Diego Coastkeepers page here. Roll over “ACT” and click on “Advocate for your community” and “Volunteer in San Diego.” What are two actions from those lists that might interest you?

2. Susan G. Komen San Diego: Komen’s promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.
1. Start by clicking here to learn about breast cancer. Read just the first page; what is breast cancer?
2. Now go to the Susan G. Komen San Diego web site here and pick a story to read. Summarize their story. What strikes you about/ what is your reaction to this story?
3. Watch this video/ PSA. Why do you think they had so many different types of people? Why did they choose the final “boxer?”
4.Now, back to the Susan G. Komen San Diego page. Click into “Donate” OR “Race for the Cure” OR “Volunteer.” What is one specific way someone can help people with breast cancer?

3. YWCA San Diego: The YWCA of San Diego County helps women, children, and families escaping domestic violence and homelessness overcome trauma, rebuild their lives, and achieve self-sufficiency.
1. Click here to learn about the YWCA. How long have they been around and what do they do?
2. What is Becky’s House and how many people does it serve? Why do you think they do not list the address of Becky’s House?
3. Click here for the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. How many cases of Domestic Violence were reported in San Diego in 2011? How many murders were considered domestic violence in 2011?
4. From the main page of the YWCA San Diego, what are two donation opportunities for Becky’s House?

4.Red Cross San Diego/ Imperial County:
1. How many people does our local Red Cross serve?
2. What does the Red Cross do?
3. Watch this video. What did the Red Cross do during the wild fires? How have they improved their technology for future disasters?
4. Watch this video. What are four ways the Red Cross helped in 2012?
5. Of course you can give money, click here and describe two ways one can volunteer.

5.Give Clean Water: The Mission of Give Clean Water, Inc. is to change the world by providing clean water to every person on earth who needs it.
1. Watch the video on the main page. What does this organization do and what area of the world is it currently focused on?
2. Click on “About GCW” and list the steps they show under “How We Do It.”
3. Check out some water related facts on this page from How many people are without clean water in Africa? How about South, West, and Central Asia? How about Southeast, East Asia? (You need to unclick areas so the amunt is not combined.)
4. On the same page, how many million people die each year from water related illnesses? How many are without access to clean water?
5. How can someone “Get Involved” in Give Clean Water?

6.The International Rescue Committee: The IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
1. Watch this video on the main page of the IRC web site.
2. Keep reading; how many countries and U.S. cities does IRC operate in?
3. Look at the IRC Fast Facts page and write down two statistics that amaze you.
4. Watch this video on IRC San Diego’s work. What interests you about this work?
5. From the list on the left, what does the IRC San Diego make sure refugees get when they arrive here?
6. What is one current advocacy alert and what do they want you to do if you click on “Take Action Now?”

7. A Reason to Survive: A Reason To Survive is dedicated to providing, supporting, and advocating for arts programs that heal, inspire, and empower youth facing adversity.
Click here:
1. Who is A.R.T.S
2. What do they believe in?
3. How do they use art?
Click here:
4. What does it mean to be an “at risk” youth?
5. What is art’s solution to supporting “at risk” youth?
Click here:, scroll down to Azia
6. How does art help Azia?
Click here:
7. How can you (personally) support A.R.T.S?

8. Feeding America: Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Click here:
1. What is Feeding America’s mission?
Click here:
2. Read the statistics and write down at least 3 that stand out to you.
3. Why do they stand out?
Click here:
4. How many children in America are living in families struggling with hunger?
5. How does hunger impact kids?

9. Monarch School:The mission of the Monarch School is to educate students impacted by homelessness and to help them develop hope for a future with the necessary skills and experiences for personal success.
Click here:
1. How many homeless students are in San Diego County?
2. Where do the students of Monarch school live? and how?
3. What is the Monarch School program designed to do?
4. What is the MAJOR way kids can break the cycle of poverty?
Click here:
5. Read the stories of Greg and Jason, what strikes you? If you could ask Greg and Jason a question what would it be?
Click here:
6. What are ways you (personally) can give to the Monarch School?

10. St. Madeline’s Sophie’s Center: To empower adults with developmental disabilities to discover, experience and realize their full potential as members of the greater community.
Go to this website:
1. In your own words, write the definition of Developmental Disabilities?
Click here:
1. What is the mission of St. Madeline’s Sophie’s Center?
2. Read “For more than 45 years . . .” What does Sophie’s Center Help with?
Click here:
3. Pick 3 programs and answer the following question, hHow does this program help adults with developmental disabilities?
Click here
4. What are ways you (Personally) can support St. Madeline’s Sophie’s Center?

11. St. Vincent de Paul: Our mission is to help our neighbors in need break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by promoting self-sufficiency through an innovative continuum of services, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships that come together in the spirit of our CREED to teach, learn from and challenge our neighbors and one another.
Click Here:
1. What are services that St. Vincent DePaul provides and how do they provide them?
Click here
2. What is the typical resident of the Village like?
3. How many people are homeless in San Diego?
4. can homeless people really change their lives and regain productive roles in society?
Click Here
6. How can you personally support St. Vincent de Paul?

12. Veterans Village: We believe intensive treatment leads to self-sustaining independence, the maximizing of human potential and a meaningful, fulfilling life.
Our veterans are worthy of nothing less.
Important Vocab:What is VA? What is a veteran?
Click here and watch the first video.
1. What surprised you about Eddie?
Click on this link
2. What is Stand Down and What is it’s philosophy?
3. List two ways the physical needs of Veterans are met during Stand Down?
Click here
4. What are the ways you (personally) can support Veterans Village?
5. Are there any questions you have regarding veterans or Veterans Village of San

13. The San Diego Humane Society  – The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA provides vital services to animals and people alike.
1. Click here –
a. What is the vision and mission statement of the San Diego Humane Society?
b. Read the programs that the San Diego Humane Society offers. Out of the programs listed, Write down 4 that you are passionate about.
c. Click here –

2. Read two of the stories available
a.Pick one story and write down how adopting affected the life of the owner or pet.

3. Click here –
a. Which way could you (personally) support the San Diego Humane Society.

4. Have any questions? Click the link below and you may find an answer to one of your questions!

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