Youth Volunteers in Formal Schools, Helping Students to Develop Empathy
Volunteering in formal school, developing empathy, creating agent of change.
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Kelompok Ilmiah Remaja (KIR11)
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Growth (your pilot is up and running, and starting to expand)
How long has your solution been in operation?
Operating for 1‐5 years
The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
In our school SMPN 11 Bandung, most of the students are aware of social problems in their surroundings. However, they still need to develop empathy, so that they can give appropriate concrete solution to the problem.
Developing empathy can be started from students’ role as volunteer. Volunteering can be conducted among peers in school or in other school, or in lower classes, or in the society. It will help students in sharpening the social initiatives they developing.
Curriculum of formal education in Indonesia requires the teacher to make learning as a process, but at the end, only the result is assessed. Thus came the idea to do the youth volunteering in formal schools, in the hope that students can play an active role as agents of change in addressing social issues
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
Through thematic learning in Integrated Science , students learn to develop empathy as they work in group, discussing social issue of their preference, and formulating a solution idea. The implementation of the project is conducted in extracurricular activity, through Youth Science Group.
An interesting example is the Honesty Toilet project, initiated by Ria Putri Primadanty (7th grade) with her team of 5. They were interested in girl reproductive health issue, specifically toilet hygiene in relation to menstrual period. They create the initiative “Clean and Healthy Honesty Toilet.” They get involved in maintaining toilet cleanliness, and inserted also anti-corruption value. They provide sanitary napkins that girl students can buy by placing some amount of money to an unsupervised coin box. This initiative has been socialized to be adopted as one of the criteria for “healthy school” standard. Ria and team was elected as Young Changemakers (Ashoka Youth Venture) in 2011.
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
I am currently teaching Integrated Science class VII. I tried to incorporate social issues in the learning process in science class. First, we create a holistic thematic learning centralized on "Young Researchers." Then the students create a project, a group assignment. In gathering the knowledge and understanding of social issues, students create a vision board containing their expectation for a better condition and what to do as a young researcher.
The next stage, we screened motivational films about inspiring youth, then conduct discussion to discover the strength and advantages of each, and how it can contribute to solving social problem. This stage is called "book of me."
After the project is completed, the next step, students are given the opportunity to develop social ideas in extracurricular activities that can be done outside of school hours. Students will undergo a fascinating learning experience, they can choose to do advocacy or volunteering.
Finally, a social initiative was born, e.g. Some made a very interesting campaign, namely "Cardboard Puppet,” telling the story of how social issues can be addressed. Some create scientific presentation in form of "vision board"
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
Our stakeholders: parents, teachers, students, school administrators, and networks. Communication among these stakeholders is key to the program.
Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
Volunteering in formal school, developing empathy, creating agent of change.
Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]
Mobilizing Science Group as a mean to develop empathy through volunteering.
This Entry is about (Issues)
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The birth of young changemakers (3 young changemakers were acknowledged by Ashoka YV), inspiring hundreds of students to create change.
Our school and 10 other junior high, 2 senior high, and 2 groups of university student were inspired to volunteer in various places: elementary schools, drop out youth, and a community waste management group of 65 households.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
Programs can be spread further to reach remote schools, special need students, and inspiring more teachers to facilitate students in creating social change
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Commitment of students, support from parents, schools, local government, and networks.
To overcome: maintaining people's trust, consistence, good communication, and transparency through reporting.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Designing an ESD based project to help young volunteer developing empathy and becoming young Changemakers
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
conduct workshop about empathy and volunteering p
articipating in various competition to benchmark project's impact
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Reaching further for more schools in Changemakers school network
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
socializing to other schools
facilitating volunteers/ young changemakers in their projects
conduct monitoring and evaluation
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
The project began in 2008, when Amilia Agustin, one of our students become Ashoka Young Changemakers in 2009. Her project was Go To Zero Waste School. They solve the problem of waste in our school by offering simple solutions. They were also awarded SATU INDONESIA AWARD 2010 (Astra & Tempo group). In 2011 she also encouraged her peers to join YCM 2011 in project Eternity, creative education through music and theatre in orphanage. In year 2012 they encouraged other youth to share through story telling in 12 elementary schools in Bandung Bercerita program.
Tell us about your partnerships
we partnered with Ashoka (capacity building & networking), KerLip/ Keluarga Peduli Pendidikan (access to bureaucracy/ government to get support for students, e.g. scholarship), and YKI/ Yayasan Kontak Indonesia (who receive/ buy tetrapak waste)
What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list