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1 DREAMING BIG IN THE CITY OF ELOY Eloy Junior High School Vistas Project 2009

2 DRIVING QUESTION What are the challenges facing young people in Eloy that tend to impact the ability to dream bigger about their futures? What steps can we take to help students achieve their personal dreams?

3 WAYS TO INVESTIGATE THE PROBLEM Identifying the Issues & Understanding the Problem Career Survey Student Survey Parent Survey Guest Speakers Video: Jacob’s Journey Student Journal Reflections Analyze Research to Develop a Solution Bar Graphs-Career Survey Excel Charts- Parent/Student Survey Create an Action Plan and Presentation Developing Personal Goals Resources for Solutions Student Video Presentation Student Final Project Reflections

4 IDENTIFYING THE ISSUES & UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM (Career Survey, Student Survey, Parent Survey, Guest Speakers, Video: Jacob’s Journey, and Student Journal Reflections)

5 CAREER SURVEY THE CAREER SURVEY WAS GIVEN TO STUDENTS TO COMPLETE AS AN INTRODUCTORY ACTIVITY. What do you see yourself doing at the age of 25? What’s the highest level of education received in your immediate family? Where were you and your parents born? What do your parents do for a living? Do you plan on going to college? What career are you interested in? How do you feel about the immigration issues in the United States? Has the new immigration laws affected your family in any way?

6 CREATING GRAPHS USING CAREER SURVEY The students created bar graphs for each of the questions from the career survey using the results they received after every 8 th grade student completed it.

7 STUDENT GRAPH EXAMPLES

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9 STUDENT SURVEY Directions: Select ten from the list below and rank them from (1 being the main challenge) explaining what you feel the challenges are facing your people in Eloy that tend to impact their ability to dream bigger about their futures. Scared Drugs No MoneyTeen Pregnancy StressFamily Expectations Anger Problems Never really been of Eloy FriendsLazy Peer PressureDon’t Care LooksAlcohol GangsLow Self Esteem Low ExpectationsSchool Dropouts Please Select One: Education 8 th grade and belowSome High School High School GraduateSome College Associate DegreeBachelors Degree Masters Degree Please Select One or More: Ethnicity HispanicNative American African AmericanOther Caucasian

10 USING EXCEL TO ANALYZE DATA: STUDENT SURVEY

11 PARENT SURVEY Directions: Select ten from the list below and rank them from 1-10 (1 being the main challenge) explaining what you feel the challenges are facing your people in Eloy that tend to impact their ability to dream bigger about their futures. Scared Drugs No MoneyTeen Pregnancy StressFamily Expectations Anger Problems Never really been of Eloy FriendsLazy Peer PressureDon’t Care LooksAlcohol GangsLow Self Esteem Low ExpectationsSchool Dropouts Please Select One: Education 8 th grade and belowSome High School High School GraduateSome College Associate DegreeBachelors Degree Masters Degree Please Select One or More: Ethnicity HispanicNative American African AmericanOther Caucasian

12 USING EXCEL TO ANALYZE DATA: PARENT SURVEY

13 UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM The results of the parent and student survey identified the following issues as factors affecting the lives of the youth of Eloy: 1.Drugs & Alcohol 2.Teen Pregnancy 3.Gangs 4.Low Self-esteem/ Low expectations 5.School Drop Outs

14 ADDRESSING THE ISSUES & DEVELOPING A SOLUTION (Guest Speakers, Video: Jacob’s Journey, Journal Reflections)

15 ISSUE #1: DRUGS & ALCOHOL VIDEO:JACOB’S JOURNEY STUDENTS WATCHED THE VIDEO AND SAW HOW DRUGS & ALCOHOL AFFECTED THE LIFE OF ONE PINAL COUNTY TEEN. Student reactions to Video: “It really opened my eyes to see what could happen. The choices we make could change our lives tremendously.” Jacqueline Ibarra “It made me really think because I never really took drinking and driving seriously and I realize it could happen to me too.” Jaylin Villescaz

16 ISSUE #2: TEEN PREGNANCY GUEST SPEAKER: SCHOOL NURSE School Nurse Diane Wright came into the classroom and taught the importance of abstinence. She also discussed the issue of teen pregnancy and the effects it has on the future of Eloy teens.

17 ISSUE #3 GANGS GUEST SPEAKER: PROBATION OFFICER Mr. Frank Acuna came into the class and discussed gang related activity and the effects it has on the lives of young people living in Pinal County.

18 ISSUE #4: LOW SELF-ESTEEM & EXPECTATIONS GUEST SPEAKER:GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ISSUE #4: LOW SELF-ESTEEM & EXPECTATIONS GUEST SPEAKER:GUIDANCE COUNSELOR Mrs. Shanetta Osei came and discussed self- esteem and ways to avoid negativity. She also discussed the importance of setting both long term and short term goals.

19 ISSUE #5: SCHOOL DROPOUTS GUEST SPEAKER: HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR Santa Cruz High School Guidance Counselor Chris Lathan came into the classroom and discussed ways to avoid becoming a high school drop out and the importance of continuing education to the college level.

20 JOURNAL REFLECTIONS Students wrote journal reflections often to reflect on their feelings and reactions they were experiencing during the course of this project.

21 CREATING AN ACTION PLAN AND STUDENT PRESENTATION (Developing Personal Goals, Finding Resources for Solutions, Student Video Presentation, and Final Project Reflections)

22 SETTING PERSONAL GOALS SETTING PERSONAL GOALS Students had the opportunity to think about their futures and develop their own short term and long term goals they would like to achieve in their lifetime.

23 STUDENT PRESENTATION

24 RESEARCHING PLACES TO GO FOR HELP RESEARCHING PLACES TO GO FOR HELP Park Place Outreach and Counseling 9373 W. Battaglia Drive Casa Grande, AZ (520) Helping Associates 1901 N. Trekell Road Casa Grande, AZ Arizona Drug, Rehab and Treatment Centers Casa Grande/Apache Junction (888) Horizon 210 E. Cottonwood Lane Casa Grande, AZ (520) Corazon 900 E. Florence Boulevard Casa Grande, AZ (520)

25 LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE: HOW DO YOU FEEL THE VISTAS PROJECT WILL HELP YOU IN THE FUTURE? “I learned about the dangers and consequences I could face if I was involved in such activities and how crucial every decision is that I make.” Destiny Vasquez “It opened my eyes to see what I can achieve.” Klaryssa Rodriguez “It made me think more about how to make my decisions and how there is always a better way to handle things.” Johanna Luna “It made me realize that I don’t want to make the mistakes other people made in their lives.” Betty Vasquez “It made me realize that my decisions matter and what I do affects everyone around me.” Anette Felix


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