Brooklyn International High School is a school for newly-arrived adolescent immigrants who are new to the English language. Despite our students' struggles to acclimate to a new country, they continually strive to do their best because they are committed to a common goal -- obtain a college education so they can create better lives for their families.
Realizing the financial struggles many of our graduating seniors face to pay for their college education, four underclassmen -- HuiPing, HuiMin, Steven and Nasif -- decided to take action and created a project called An Immigrant's Dream (AID). AID's mission is to introduce immigrant seniors with barriers to pursue higher education to potential donors and obtain college funding for them. The AID team is currently designing a website that will host short videos of our Brooklyn International students to introduce them to the public. To create the short videos, AID would like to purchase a Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera Bundle, which includes different professional lens, external flash, a tripod, and several memory cards.
With AID, my students will develop their research, writing, critical thinking, and time management skills as they design and develop the website and short videos addressing immigrant access to higher education. Also, my students will develop their empathy skills as they step into their classmates' shoes and attempt to understand their perspectives despite the many differences in culture, language, religions, ideas or beliefs. Through empathy, they will better able to understand the needs of the people around them and learn to treat others the way they want to be treated. Empathy will lead my students to become better citizens and leaders of their communities.
In Their Own Words
AID believes in the power of education to change lives because people will be able to improve their financial situations, gain stability in their lives, and increase tolerance and peace. Although many Brooklyn International High School students have the skills and drive to succeed in college, many come from low-income homes that prevent this from happening. AID's goal is to help our immigrant students by sharing their stories to the public in hopes of raising money for their college education.
AID will allow us to take on the challenge of working in a team, finding ways to work together even if we disagree, and managing our time well with our other responsibilities at school and at home. This project will be a good experience for what the real-world will be like when we start our careers.
The gates to a college education should be open to everyone. We hope to open these gates for all our immigrant students at Brooklyn International High School by raising money to help fund their college education. We plan to create and produce short videos of students' stories that we will share on AID's website. We plan to promote AID's videos and website through word-of-mouth, mass emails to family and friends, and several social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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