Last night I had the pleasure of attending the WIT (Whatever It Takes) Showcase.
A course designed for teens who want to be leaders and agents of social change, this event was an opportunity for the students to present their projects to the community. Pretty exciting stuff!
My understanding is that once teens are accepted into the program, they attend weekly two hour classes where they develop business skills and work to come together as a team. They are then given the opportunity to pitch their ideas in hopes to get backing to enact their dream projects.
Some of the programs presented last night included:
- Project FULL: Since some children receive their most substantial meals while at school, their goal was to provide additional food to children during extended vacations.
- S2S Project: Provides inexpensive art instruction in schools where the arts funding has been cut.
- Embrace: Promotes positive self-image. They sell and wear bracelets as a way to kick the habit of making body shape and size a topic of conversation and source of judgment.
- Major Decision: allows high school students–particularly those aspiring to be first-generation college attendees–to be mentored by current college students in order to gain awareness and better understanding of college.
There’s more! Check out their website to learn more and to support them in their endeavors.
I loved listening to these articulate and enthusiastic teens explain their reasons for the projects they chose. Quite impressive! But another thing that was really great was they shared their failures as well. Some projects never got going. Others faded out due to financial or motivational problems. It was clear that they all learned from the mistakes and frustrations as well as the rewards. They’ve definitely learned the power of social media!
It’s a great motto: Whatever It Takes.
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK