Parish Government

Impact Statement – Kate, Aaron, Nathan, Alexis

In Impact on November 16, 2010 at 8:12 am

Our group as a whole feels as though young Americans of today’ society are not necessarily uninvolved in politics on a voting standard, instead there is a recurring lack of belief that young Americans can truly have a voice. Our survey showed that while many of the students cared, they felt as though they had no voice and even if they were of voting age they would still feel as if they would not have a strong voice because it is only one vote. They also expressed great concern toward the fact that there is a lack of acceptance by the older generations. Often times they ignore or see the youth’s point of views as insignificant because the older generations believe that the youth of America do not care about politics. The article we submitted to the Preston Hollow People will show people of all ages that younger Americans do care about politics. It is our goal to change their minds and see the population of young Americans as new and fresh ideas rather than unconcerned adolescents as they have previously been labeled.

Not only will these ideas of misinterpretations about young people influence older Americans, but also it will show the young Americans that their ideas and opinions do matter if they are willing to voice them and prove themselves. In our survey we asked a series of questions such as: do you care about politics?, do you feel you have a voice in the political process?, do you feel as though politics affects your daily life?, do you pay attention to current affairs?, and would you care more if you had a stronger voice in the political process? The responses showed that 68 percent of the students interviewed do care about politics and 76 percent of students agree that politics plays a role in and affects daily life. Although, 64 percent felt as though they do not have a voice in the political process, 72 percent said that if they were to have a stronger voice they would care much more.  These surveys brought up conversations about politics and we were able to explain to the students who were did not care them the importance of being involved in one-way or another. We also encouraged that people make a voice for themselves rather than waiting around for someone else to give them one.  Although we only have the responses to 25 individuals, many of the people interviewed were sitting with other people who heard the entire conversation and were also able to benefit from the ideas and concerns presented. With the survey results we will be able to prove to older generations that America’s youth does care.

As a way to make these results easily accessible we submitted a summary of our research and survey results to the Preston Hollow People. Many people within the Preston Hollow community read this news publication. Our submission is short and concise with a message to readers of all ages. To the older generations we hope to instill a sense of open mindedness toward the ideas and opinions of younger Americans. To those younger Americans our goal is to show them they can have a voice if they become involved and are not afraid to share their opinions. It is our goal to impact everyone that reads this article to realize that America’s youth has been mislabeled and if they are listened to they may have valuable, new ideas that our country can benefit from.


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,  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.

The Impact of Community – Zander and Henri

In Uncategorized on November 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm

The impact of Strong Youth, Weak Voices correlates directly with the involvement of the youth of our community. Because it is primarily a forum and viewer-centered Youtube series, without certain levels of involvement by youth between 14 and 24, SYWV is nothing. Therefore, SYWV is much like a train: it requires great time and energy to get rolling, but once rolling, it should not stop until it reaches its destination; in this case, a primary and leading political youth group.

At this time, the SYWV forum has received over 110 visits, and has 10 members. These numbers may seem insignificant, but they will grow, and as they grow, the enticement for others to join the forum will grow. Similarly, in terms of numbers, the message portrayed in the videos of Strong Youth, Weak Voices has reached over 60 –61 to be exact– people as well, while the Youtube user page itself has received 117 views, and one subscriber. On a smaller scale, the blog page of SYWV has received 15 visitors. In total, SYWV has been visited over 300 times in one aspect or another.

At SYWV, it is a primary idea that every person makes a difference, whether it be their vote, or them being influenced. Seeing how SYWV has reached over 300 youth, it shows what a significant change it has made.

The most important indication of the impact that SYWV has had on the youth of America is the distance in which it has traveled. On the various sites and groups, SYWV has appeared in six different states: Texas, California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Tennessee and Rhode Island. Also, the members of the forum are not only in our community of Dallas, but San Antonio, Austin and Albuquerque as well. A similar indication of the scope of SYWV is the fact that the interviews seen on Youtube by SYWV, were not performed in Dallas, but rather San Antonio, showing the activism that SYWV has inspired in the youth that it reaches.

Also, the impact of SYWV can be perceived in the further interest that peers have shown in the activity. The person that performed the interviews has shown interest in doing more, and has indicated that she will implore her friends, relatives and peers to do the same. That being said, the future of SYWV voices could be seen in promising projections of increased forum members, active Youtube viewers and subscribers and blog visitors.

SYWV could currently be compared to a small forest fire. However, the thing about a forest fire  is that, if left unchecked, could spread and rage for great distances and time. SYWV has already showed similar traits in the distance that its message has traveled. And also, a forest fire in a field of dried nettles would become furious. SYWV is the forest fire, and the uninformed youth of America are the nettles.