We just want to reiterate what our big idea is, which is below. First and foremost, we want to focus on the students themselves, and bridge the gap between the coordinators of AL Expansion and the students (which involves one of the biggest reasons for the backlash of the partnership between AL and Southwest HS). There seems to be a disconnect between what goes on behind the scenes of expansion and knowing what the students needs/wants are. Through involving the students more in the process and giving the kids ownership of expansion, we want to ease the process of merging the schools.
THE BIG IDEA: A campaign to prioritize the students involved in the failed partnership between AL and Southwest High School and empower them by giving them a platform to voice their opinions/feel heard.
THE EFFECTS OF THE IDEA:
-Improve the perception of AL, getting more people onboard with the partnership
-increase enrollment of minorities at AL
-reach parents, community leaders, those involved in Expansion in a different/more impactful way. Refreshing, rather than hearing it from an adult on the opposing side.
-any big changes made to either school will be made considering the experiences of the students, as well as what they want and need to change
-build a relationship between students at AL and SW
-as well as building awareness for parents of the students needs at the opposing school
-Empower the students
-Give kids a sense of ownership over the issue
-raise awareness of what the students actually want and need /
rather than just doing “what is best” for the students
SUBSETS (things that may be involved in the campaign)
-Utilizing social media and trends to speak to kids
-A translating tool to help kids communicate between schools (French and English)
-Some sort of platform that will allow anyone access to the issue
-Using student's original artwork as design elements for the campaign