Parish Government

Global Perspectives – Kate, Aaron, Nathan, Alexis

In Action on November 16, 2010 at 8:11 am

Our project started off by tackling the political action questions from a worldwide perspective, examining the trends of the younger voters and participants in Brazil, Canada, Germany, and Iran.  We learned that in most of these countries youth political participation is much higher than in the United States.  We asked questions that related to these conclusions about the world’s youth in our surveys, and we mentioned them in our article we submitted to the Preston Hollow People, which has not yet been published.  We created a Facebook group that has a link to our project Google site, and we created an email address for responses to be submitted via email.

We surveyed twenty five of the kids in our upper school about many of the aspects of political action.  We asked them if they were involved in the political process, if they kept up with current events and issues, and we asked them whether or not they felt politics had any affect on their day-to-day lives.  Our survey caused many of these young Americans to think about their role in the political process.  We forced them to think about how they view politics in general.  We caused them to call their own sense of political obligation into question.  We influenced the minds of these young Americans to think about politics in general.  This can be interpreted as a form of impact.  These young Americans, who are typically oblivious to the political process and what it entails, were forced either to admit their oblivion or were forced to demonstrate their knowledge of politics while taking the survey.  They thought deeply about how they could become involved and even if they felt it were possible for them to become involved.  Our questions and our surveys demonstrated an intangible form of impact.

After gathering research and developed our own ideas we submitted an essay to the neighborhood news publication, The Preston Hollow People.  This news publication is known for its references to many activities in many schools.  They were very interested in our project and they liked our essay we submitted.  We officially submitted our essay on Friday, November 12.  This publication is read by many people within the Preston Hollow community and generates a lot of talk and interest.  Once our article is published, it is fair to say that it could be read by many people.  This generates the same sort of impact as our surveys did.  It will cause many of the readers to ponder their role in the political process and how they can expand their participation and the participation of others.

Our group has created a Facebook group named, Political Action Project, and an email address, politicalactionproject@yahoo.com.  Our Facebook group is an open group, allowing anyone to become a member.  On the group page, there is a link to our project’s Google site, which was a guideline for the project, and we have given out our email address.  Our Facebook group has over 170 members, which is tangible evidence of an impact.  Our email address also allows for responses for any of our group’s members that do not want their responses to be made public.  All though we have not received any emails, we certainly hope to in the future.  Our Facebook group and email address allows for the public to interact with our group directly and allow for our group to publish ideas and solutions.

Our group has demonstrated forms of tangible and conceptual impact through our efforts with our political action project.  Our surveys and article cause readers to think about their participation in the political process and their role within it.  Our Facebook group has demonstrated a tangible form of impact with our 170+ members.  Our email account has the potential to eventually demonstrate a physical form of an impact as our Facebook group and article gain public interest.  We have created a project that has demonstrated an impact and has the potential to increase and expand our impact as our project increases interest.

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