The saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” is one of the most accurate cliches. In any field, it helps to know people. And the benefit of networking is rarely given full credit. To those who are aspiring to build a business or start their own community group, networking is your key to success. You may not have full funding or a team of 100 people, but having a coalition of people across fields will help make up that difference. Continue reading
Sex education needs serious renovations – dare I say an overhaul. We are failing to teach students how to keep their bodies happy, healthy, and safe. Here are four reasons why sex education is failing students in Pennsylvania and across the nation: Continue reading
Last semester I was able to reach a large majority of my goals. This year, the Independent Seminar is not built into my schedule. I added it on top of 6 other courses because of my dedication to advancing sex education in this country. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m tight with time, but still have a long list of goals. This semester I’m focusing on financial planning, team expansion, and event planning. Continue reading
For many students, the summer is a time primarily to relax and binge watch the latest Netflix shows. Don’t get me wrong, I did do my fair share of relaxing in St. Croix and plowing through episodes of Shameless. But most of my time was spent working. Both on my nonprofit and full-time job at Jaco Taco. Continue reading
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.
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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.
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
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
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
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