Central Falls students to D.C.

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Raised by 35 people in 4 months
Created December 30, 2018
You can help young leaders from Central Falls change the world! ​ ​

We are the students and teachers of "How to Change the World" - an after school Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) in Central Falls. We are raising funds to help our class travel to Washington, DC.

Last year, a group 16 students and 4 chaperones went to Washington, DC as a part of the first cohort of the How to Change the World course. During this trip, we met with our Rhode Island Senators Whitehouse and Reed, as well as Congressman Cicilline. We also learned how to lobby, conducted a simulation at the U.S. Department of State, and visited the Federal Reserve and many national monuments across our Capitol. 

We want to do it again this year! And we need your help to pay for our transportation down to DC! 

This fall, we took all the lessons we learned from last year's DC trip and applied them to our local community by engaging with political leaders and constituents. We hosted a City Council candidate showcase at our school where everyone running for Central Falls City Council were able to meet students and community members and answer our questions. (Check out this video: https://youtu.be/fYHK_3LqXCI)

Our city in Rhode Island​ takes up one square mile and has over 20,000 inhabitants, representing 103 countries. Many are immigrants; ​most​ live below the poverty line; and all of them are part of one of the most close-knit, resilient, driven, and vulnerable communities in the state. 

The goal for our course on “How to Change the World” is simple and bold: by the end of the year, each student will have a working theory of how they want to change the world. All year, we're going to meet inspiring student activists, lawyers, non-profit leaders, community volunteers, and elected officials who are working to make local change happen. And in April, we'll travel to Washington, DC for a week-long trip students are planning themselves. 

These young leaders' interests are diverse so our site visits in DC will be, too. They're curious about everything from robotics to politics to immigration to education, so they’ll design field trips in DC that align with their passions. Students will stay near DC with host families Arlington, VA. They're going to participate in a beautiful cultural exchange between two communities.

Fine print:  Donations go through a third-party account so they are not tax-deductible.

Please feel free to contact us at how2changetheworldcf@gmail.com with any questions about our project or how you can get involved.
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Only 9 days to go until our trip to DC!

We're packing bags, confirming logistics, and feeling the waves of excitement and gratitude wash over us.

We are extremely excited to announce that CF hometown hero Viola Davis and her husband Julius, who graciously donated to our program last year, have contributed $5,000 to this year's program. This Academy Award-winning actress is an inspiration to us all, and she hails from the smallest city in the smallest state of the country - just like these amazing students! We are ecstatic.

Also, we want to give a HUGE shoutout to Food4Good, a local Rhode Island NGO, for donating $891 to support our students eating healthy food for the duration of our trip! Food4Good is a 501(c)3 non-profit mobile soup kitchen and social conscience food truck. All proceeds from the food truck sales are used to support their mobile soup kitchen. Check out their website here: http://food4goodri.weebly.com/

Lastly, GoFundMe does not allow us to see any contact information for those who have donated. If you wish to stay updated with our students and program during and after our trip, please email us at How2ChangetheWorldCF@gmail.com with the subject "Keep me posted" and we'll add you to our mailing list.

Thanks to everyone for your support!
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Exciting Updates on the Central Falls Students!!

(1) The H2CTW students have been keeping busy and engaged! Last week, the students hosted the first day of a 2-day Voter Registration at Central Falls High School in partnership with Jessica Vega, one of the new City Council persons in Central Falls. This event was a huge success, and the H2CTW students were able to encourage more than 50 Juniors to pre-register to vote (pre-registration age is 16 in RI)! Next week, the students will complete day 2 of this initiative and encourage Seniors to pre-register.

(2) The students have made it to the final round of a Climate Change Grant where they have proposed redesigning the recycling protocols and policies at Central Falls High School. Fingers crossed that we are awarded this grant!

(3) Two H2CTW students, Todd and Janelie, were appointed to the Mayor's Youth Council! Over the next few months, they will be learning about city government and also providing the Mayor with valuable insight on how to improve the city of Central Falls. See a picture below:

Todd and Janelie are on the far left! Mayor Diossa in center. City Councilwoman Vega on far right.
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