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My Last Blog Post this Semester – KC

This is the last blog post of the semester. I’ve learned so much and accomplished a ton throughout the semester while studying sex education and legislation.

What I’ve Accomplished/Completed:

  • Three academically written expose analyses of sex education and the state of education in Pennsylvania (awaiting publishing).
  • A step-by-step beginners guide to writing legislation.
  • A successful fundraiser that pulled in nearly $3000.00.
  • Draft of The Pennsylvania Healthy Youth Act 2017.
  • Draft of the bylaws for my organization.
  • Logo and design selection.
  • Purchased and registered my fictitious name.
  • Started web design.
  • Numerous blog posts.
  • A successful Facebook page.
Read More: Clean Up Work – KC

Topics I’ve learned about:

  • Financing and budgeting
  • Organizational infrastructure
  • Legislative history
  • Political Science
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Sexual Health

This is the most exciting and interdisciplinary project I’ve ever worked on. I’m excited to continue developing my 501(c)4 organization over the summer & next semester, and get it ready for the January 17th, 2018 launch.

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Clean Up Work – KC

This week has been a lot of tedious work. I have been editing my first draft of the Pennsylvania Healthy Youth Act 2017, fixing my citations, and adding to my annotated bibliography. I touched base with the lawyer who is helping me fill out the paperwork for incorporation and finally have a reliable graphic designer. Hopefully by mid-may the design aspect, including the logo and coloring, of Keystone CASE will be complete. Another goal of mine is to have all the filing paperwork complete by the end of the year. Continue reading

Sneak Peak: Pennsylvania Healthy Youth Act 2017 – KC

Below is a sneak peak of the very first rough draft of the Pennsylvania Healthy Youth Act.


Amending the Public School Code of March, 10th 1949 (P.L. 30, No.14), entitled an act “relating to the public school system, including certain provisions applicable as well to private and parochial schools; amending, revising, consolidating and changing the laws relating thereto.” Continue reading

Progress Update on Keystone CASE – KC

At this point in my Independent Project, I’ve started to draft my actual piece of legislation titled “The Pennsylvania Healthy Youth Act” amending the PA Code of Schools of 1949, an antiquated piece of legislation that needs sex education updates. I’ve learned how to fundraise, network, market my brand, engage on social media, access scientific research primary sources, and more. I’ve also obtained the fictitious name through the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, I’ve been doing work updating my annotated bibliography with the help of Teacher Betsy and T Victoria, our amazing librarians. Continue reading

Boost Your Business or Nonprofit With These Facebook Tips!

We live in a digital age that relies on social media for business and social outreach. The internet has allowed for a regular conglomeration of millions of people per day on the same platform connecting and engaging with friends, advertisements, businesses, and public figures alike. For anyone creating a nonprofit, business, or awareness campaign, Facebook is a key tool that should be utilized to the fullest. Here are my top tips and tricks for using Facebook’s various features to the fullest. These tips will allow you to increase engagement and reach more people. Continue reading

Progress Update: Building My Non-Profit dedicated to Sex Education

I am incredibly passionate about many things, however the current state of Pennsylvania’s sex education is particularly troubling.

Over the past year, I’ve been developing a plan to research, organize, and build my non-profit, named Keystone CASE (Coalition for Advancing Sex Education). It’s tasked with spreading awareness for comprehensive sex education and lobbying PA politicians to enact this legislation.

America is a nation that glorifies sex — sometimes too much.  In a country that seemingly holds sexuality on a pedestal, it would seem natural to equip our youth with a toolbox full of ways to understand such a society. However, in many states, including Pennsylvania, this is not the case.

From my previous posts, you’d know how lacking PA sex education is. If you’ve missed them, get updated here: I have attached an in depth look at Pennsylvania’s requirements so you can see for yourself!

Keystone CASE is the solution. I am committed to enacting bipartisan legislation that advances sex education in Pennsylvania. But, I need all the help I can get.
Building a nonprofit costs money. Beyond legal expenses, Articles of Incorporation, and other start-up costs, I would like to also build a website and have a professional logo. I first set a bare bones goal of $1,500.00 to get this non-profit started and what happened next blew my mind.

Last Friday, I purchased $25 dollars worth of supplies (Notebooks, Envelopes, ect.) at OfficeMax. I was afraid that I may not raise enough to cover the cost of just those supplies. I should not have been worried.

Tons of my friends and family (and even strangers!) rushed to my GoFundMe and donated. In less then twenty-four hours, I blew past my initial goal. Since, I’ve raised my goal to $3000 dollars by March 25th hoping to improve the quality of my startup.

I am committed to transparency, so I released the financial breakdown of my goal. This can be viewed here! In addition to the breakdown, I am making a promise that all of my financial records regarding Keystone CASE will be quarterly uploaded onto my upcoming website in initiative to create total transparency.

I asked people to support this non-profit because I firmly believe that CASE will help educate adolescents to make informed decisions. As an incentive, all initial donors will receive early access to materials and legislation before anyone else, and will also be invited to a monthly conference call with updates.

To readers interested in supporting my venture, you can access my GoFundMe with this link:

www.GoFundMe.com/KeystoneCASE

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Featured Photo citation: “#069 – Progress (Essentialism Pt 19) [Podcast].” First Things, firstthingsproductivity.com/progress/.

 

The Hidden Gem of Westtown School – KC

This semester during my Junior year, I am enrolled in the Independent Study Program and having the time of my life diving deep into material that specifically interests me in a subject I excel. After hearing about this unique offer during my Sophomore year, I seized the opportunity. After a proposal, I was accepted into the History Independent Seminar where I’ve been study legislation and sex education in Pennsylvania.

Read More: Pennsylvania’s Sex Education Policy Is Scarier Than You’d Think!

Upon first impression, I thought this class would simply be a time to learn all about the history of legislation and sex education in Pennsylvania and continue my learning in my favorite subject — but it is far more than that.

Westtown’s Independent Study has challenged my writing, reading, researching and critical thinking skills. I’ve noticed considerable improvements in many disciplines as a result of my deep study of sex education and legislation. I’ve worked with the Chair of the History Department, English Teachers, and Health Experts.

This is a unique program I would recommend to all students who are pursuing a unique discipline. Current students should seize this opportunity for next year. Few schools allow for students to explore their interest in a particular subject the way Westtown allows. Not only have I been able to learn more through research, but I also have a plethora of resources and faculty who have been incredibly supportive and helpful.

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The Independent Study Program is one of the hidden gems on our campus that needs more recognition. I hope prospective students have a chance to hear about how students are excelling in different disciplines through this program.

This week I wanted to hear from all my fellow peers about unexpected ways they’ve improved their academic and research skills through Independent Seminar. What skills have you improved?

Image from Westtown School “Student Life” (www.westtown.edu)

 

A Guide to Contacting Your Representatives – KC

Congress(wo)men and Senators are not the only representatives elected by voters. From President to County Commissioner every citizen in this country has a ton of elected officials representing them in local and national ways.

In some ways, local politics has the ability to change your day to day life more than the President. From school board regulation, to municipal road maintenance, local politics and representatives are the ones impacting your everyday life the most. Continue reading

Empowering Citizens Through State Legislatures – KC

Congressional gridlock has created deep dissatisfaction with the United States Congress. People are concerned that politicians are working for special interest groups instead of  ordinary citizens. This gridlock phenomenon has created a shift of focus towards alternative ways of creating change. Continue reading

Pennsylvania’s Sex Education Legislation is Scarier Than You’d Think! – KC

This week I’ve started my Independent Study by delving into Pennsylvania’s legislation that regulates health and sex education in Pennsylvania. Here’s the thing: there is isn’t much regulation or specification on sexual education in the Keystone State. Continue reading