Declare and share your mission
What issues do you care about and why? Tell us what you are hoping to change in the world. Describe in as much detail as possible with a minimum of 150 words.
As a participant in this program we want students to:
4/20/2014 01:23:15 pm
I am a person that cares about make equal the education for ESL students because every time that an immigrant comes to United States as new students in high school; they immediately become a ESL (English as a second language) unless they already know English. However, the problem with the ESL students is that they do not get what they need to succeed in their higher education after high school, not even the teachers care about them because most of those immigrants are people of color that are stereotype by the American society. As an ESL student is high school I was disadvantage because I was not able to take pre-college classes and even worse I was afraid to apply to college because of my low English level. Also in high school because I was an ESL student, I never learn how to do a research paper or even the proper way to do an essay. This really affects me when I come to De Anza because I push myself to do more than what I was capable to do. I believe that the lack of resources to learn English in high school affect everyone’s expectations to succeed in this country. I hope to be a motivation for those who are facing similar of the ones that I face whether they are facing those problems conscious or unconscious; let them see that they are not alone and that they are able to learn English when they have the resources.
4/26/2014 01:42:59 pm
I agree that there are not enough resources for ESL students. At my high school, ELD 1, 2, and 3 may be combined into one huge class (with one teacher and one teacher aid for the whole class) because of funding cuts. This is ridiculous because some lessons/tasks require more personal from the teachers that they cannot afford to give. In the end, the students suffer from the lack of resources. I hope you're able to make a change!!
4/20/2014 03:07:25 pm
The issues that I currently care most about deals with the art and music scene in San Jose. For my CBRP in Prof. Crain's POLI1 class, I focused on the lack of music events and venues in San Jose and as I finished that project, I learned that the music scene is actually progressively growing. There are multiple venues that house live music and also where very talented, local DJ's are being more consistently present. And the genres being played are varying from Top 40, to jazz, to reggae, to Motown, to experimental electronic, to house - something to please all types of club goers. And that's when I realized what San Jose is actually lacking in terms of music - events that don't have to take place in a nightclub or bar and that are more family friendly. Our younger generation need more opportunities to see artists perform so they can say "I want to be that." We need more daytime opportunities that are free of charge, that feature artists who are willing to showcase their work for the love of music.
4/22/2014 08:14:54 am
One of the issues that I currently take interest in is the lack of open public libraries in San Jose. In fact, the only San Jose Public Library that seems to be open everyday is the one located in DownTown San Jose: the Martin Luther King Jr.Library. But not all children and young teens are accessible to it. To me, libraries are one of the main keys to a child’s childhood and their success. Back in elementary and middle school, I was lucky enough to live a couple blocks near a SJ public library and spend my summers there, complete hw, or borrow books to enjoy. However, today the majority of these SJ public libraries are closed three days per week. How would a child be able to obtain and expand their imagination if great novels and books aren’t available to them? Not to mention that libraries provide a safe and fun area for teenagers and children. It is a place to be preserved not gradually eliminated.
4/22/2014 05:00:17 pm
I also had Professor Crain for my Poli1 class last quarter. My community based research project was on lack of funding to support programs in community centers in San Jose. I went to different community centers and met with their directors to see what were the reasons for the lack of programs. I was informed that prior to 2010 the community centers were receiving funding from the state. The city actually remodeled all the centers in San Jose providing them with new facilities and a state funded budget. After the funding was cut the centers did not have a way to keep their programs running. They ended up shutting down the majority of their programs staying open with the help of volunteers; mostly parents of the neighborhood kids. These places have new basketball courts, wrestling mats, gym equipment, and nobody is using them. When I heard about the lack of after school programs at the centers it made me think back to when I was a kid. We grew up in an area known for gang violence not college graduates and we had after school programs. This next generation is growing up in the same neighborhood with less of everything. They have a limited access to education, tutoring, sports, nutrition, basic opportunities to advance in life. I fear that we have yet to see the repercussions of this neglect of the youth but all seeds grow.
4/26/2014 01:52:52 pm
I enjoy learning, and I enjoy working with others. One of my passions is learning and teaching English. For many years, I worked in homework centers helping students with English homework. From that point, I was a peer tutor for an ELD (English Language Development) class. The most rewarding thing about tutoring is the “AH HA! Moment” and seeing the students’ growth. Hopefully, I will become an English teacher one day.
4/28/2014 03:04:22 am
I care about many things:pubic education, police brutality, homelessness, heath care, taxes, racism, discrimination, outsourcing, and gmo banning came to mind.
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