BC Tackles Bullying
BC Tackles Bullying is a campaign aimed at raising awareness of bullying issues on campus with the intent to unify the student body. The campaign took place over a three-day period. Students distributed lime green quarter sheets and “BC Tackles Bullying” lime green rubber bracelets across campus. With the distribution of each of these bracelets, we asked the recipient signed his or her name on one of six banners, representing a pledge to help stop bullying and to help raise awareness on this very serious issue. Students went door-to-door through freshmen dorms distributing information on bullying statistics, inspirational quotes, and resources for those who are struggling with bullying. The project proposal also included a four to five minute video on the BC Tackles Bullying Facebook page depicting BC students pledging to help end bullying as well as encouraging other students to stop bullying.
BC Tackles Poverty
BC Tackles Poverty is a unique service project proposal initiative of BC students and Newton residents who care about doing their part to help tackle poverty in the Greater Boston area. The students organized a community clothing and food drive in the City of Newton for St. Francis House as well as an on-campus clothing drive encouraging students to do a “Spring Cleaning” of their closets. Finally, Jenks students hosted a dinner and evening at Rosie’s Place, a shelter for impoverished women and victims of domestic violence in Boston, where where they prepared and served dinner to 50+ women. This is a truly special initiative that represents communities coming together to serve a population in constant need of support.
Boys and Girls for Others
The goal of this series of workshops held at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester with the Keystone Club, was to empower youth to take on leadership roles in their community and plan a hypothetical service project for their community. The workshops were mirrored after those conducted for JLP but tailored to fit the needs of the Keystone Club. The program built on key tenets of leadership through interactive team building activities and reflection journaling, culminating in a project proposal created by the teens and presented to a panel of judges during the final workshop at Boston College.
Random Acts of Kindness
This student-oriented viral campaign of kindness aimed to motivate the Boston College Student Community to show random acts of kindness both on campus and beyond. There are often high levels of stress and a sense of isolation amongst students on campus. Our campaign strives to break those barriers by encouraging student-to-student interaction with a joyful and kind attitude. Students performed random acts of kindness to under-appreciated student populations and created opportunities for students to send acts of kindness to their friends. The project leaders also engaged the greater Boston community by providing a donation of school supplies to the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester.
Shoelaces for Schooling
This proposed project supported the many teachers at the Campus School who rely on their personal funds for basic supplies such as markers, pencils, paper, etc. Students also raised on-campus awareness of the Campus School its tremendous influence by selling neon colored shoelaces. Included was a tag of artwork by a Campus School student, the Campus School mission statement, and one of the Campus School Philosophies. The bright colored laces showed support for the Campus School, but also led to questions and discussions about the Campus School among BC students. 100% of the proceeds were donated to the Campus School.
This 2011 project team collaborated with a local middle school to build a garden and discuss the importance of locally grown foods and healthy eating. This project gave the middle school students a hands-on learning opportunity to explore sustainable agriculture and eco-friendly practices. (Pictured: Jayne Kerner, Michael Coleman, Michelle Cauchi and Christopher Knapp.)