Beyond School Saftey:
Nature & Community As Healer

Mt. Lemmon – As a result of the critical discussion on school safety, the federal government has released Title IV funds to “support programs that prevent violence in and around schools; that prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs; that involve parents and communities; and that are coordinated with related Federal, State, school, and community efforts and resources to foster a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports student academic achievement.”

At CMHS we decided to access these funds and put in place a health and wellness program to start off our school year and to address the root causes of these issues. Through this program we have been able to provide deep discussions, counseling, and the ability to access nature and her healing properties. From feedback that we have received from our Title IV specialists, we were made aware that of all the school in AZ who applied for these funds, our school was the only school not to use the funding to pay for additional resource officers, metal detectors, surveillance, or to pay for the services of a drug sniffing K-9. We took the approach of addressing root causes because we believe that developing authentic relationships with our students that are based in love, respect, and support comes first.

A Day Trip to Mt. Lemmon:
Accessing Nature & Her Healing Properties

Nature can do wonders for our mental health, so if you have neglected your time with Earth lately, consider these 5 remarkable ways that nature heals:

1. NATURE BOOSTS ENERGY AND HAPPINESS LEVELS.

2. NATURE BOOSTS CREATIVITY.

3. NATURE TAKES AWAY STRESS.

4. NATURE DRAMATICALLY IMPROVES THE MENTAL HEALTH OF PEOPLE LIVING IN CITIES.

5. NATURE CAN GREATLY IMPROVE MENTAL CLARITY AND PERFORMANCE.

Climate, Jobs, & Justice @ Changemaker

Tucson, AZ – Today, community members from across Arizona are announcing the Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice rallies, lemonade and pledge to vote stands, marches, and more happening on September 8. This comes in coordination with hundreds of events across the U.S. and around the world in the lead-up to the California-based Global Climate Action Summit and midterm elections.

Participants in the September 8 events are helping to register voters, inform people about the need and opportunities for climate action, and promoting and signing pledge to vote forms, making a commitment to take action on climate in November and beyond.

Before the Flood Film Screening and Discussion

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a soci- ety can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

Arizona-Kansai Cyberbullying Prevention Project

The University of Arizona College of Education is working with Changemaker High School on a project designed to raise awareness of cyberbullying and promote the spread of kindness online. This unique international project promoted collaboration between high school students from a province in Japan and from a high school in Arizona to create strategies to combat cyberbullying that could be adopted in both cultures. Ben’s Bells, a Tucson non-profit devoted to kindness education, was the inspiration for the Arizona students’ work. Teams visited the other country to inform their collaborative effort.

Changemakers Travel to Japan

Ten students from Changemaker High School in Tucson are part of an international project to prevent cyberbullying. The high schoolers are focused on how to be kind online, said teacher Oscar Medina. In June they traveled to Japan to attend conferences and share ideas with other students. The Changemaker students had to apply for the project that’s formally called Arizona-Kansai Cyberbullying Prevention.

Every week the high schoolers met with students from the University of Arizona. They discuss ways they can reach out to their peers, teachers and parents.

KGUN9 spoke to a number of the Changemaker students who say Instagram and Snapchat tend to be the most popular ways to communicate. They say they often feel pressure to connect with people on social media and talked to us about how cyberbullying happens among teens.

Changemaker students have been able to video chat with students in Japan and that will continue throughout the year long project. It’s being funded in part by the U.S. Department of State and Osaka Kyoiku University.

Ben’s Bells is also involved with the kindness campaign. Executive Director and Ben’s mom Jeannette Maré says once the students come up with their program the non-profit will distribute it to hundreds of schools in Southern Arizona and across the country.

Changemaker is part of the Ben’s Bells free Kind Campus program that educates campuses about the benefits of kindness.

Changemakers In Takanosu, Chikusa, Shiso

Changemaker Students Host Students from Japan

Arizona-Kansai Cyberbullying Prevention Project 2018

Last week our students were honored to host 10 high school students that visited from Japan as part of Arizona-Kansai Cyberbullying Prevention Project. We would like to thank all the donors and supporters of this project. This exchange and opportunity for our students has been an incredible learning experience. Please share or comment. #Bekindonline #innovation #ChangemakerEd #CMHS2018

Posted by Changemaker High School on Friday, August 10, 2018

Arizona-Kansai Cyberbullying Prevention Project In the News

S.W.A.N Wash Bridge Project

Changemaker High School students undertook a class project for “Make A Difference Day” addressing serious flooding problems. Students recommended a simple wooden footbridge that evolved into a sophisticated concrete bridge engineered by Kimley Horne and Associates, then installed by Granite Construction. With assistance from their science teacher and The Living Street Alliance, students organized a community campaign to obtain support from neighbors, City Council Member Richard Fim and County Supervisor Ramon Valadez.

The students developed a formal funding request for consideration by the Pima County Neighborhood Reinvestment Oversight Committee who recommended Neighborhood Reinvestment (NR) bond funding in the amount of $229,000 to the Board of Supervisors. They approved funding on April 5, 2016. Design and construction were completed within eight months (March 2017-November 2017).

In addition to a pedestrian bridge, the project included 500 feet of new sidewalks, a speed table crossing, water-harvesting basins in Swan Park, plus post and cabling to stop off-road vehicle traffic. Trees for Tucson will install dozens of trees in Swan Park to help mitigate erosion by flooding. Students learned valuable lessons about reciprocal relationships between citizens and government, public speaking and public policy.

While NR projects are typically designed and constructed by the City of Tucson, the county provided project management services to ensure this particular project would be completed during the 2017-18 fiscal year. Working with both city transportation and parks departments on design, the water harvesting basins were relocated from Belvedere Street into Swan Wash Park to take advantage of the water retention. As with all other NR projects, the City will maintain this project over a period of 25 years as required by the Intergovernmental Agreement.

The project addressed both drainage issues and safe routes to school benefitting an economically disadvantaged neighborhood. It also met master plan objectives of the Swan Park Plan. Over 1,000 residents live in the neighborhood where many local students attend (and walk local streets to) the Changemaker and Roberts- Naylor Schools.

S.W.A.N Wash Bridge Dedication

S.W.A.N. Wash Bridge Project in the News

Changemaker High students living up to the school's name

AWESOME: Students at Changemaker High School are living up to the school's name. One project included getting a pedestrian bridge built for those walking home. Heather Janssen - Tucson News Now will have more at 4 and 6 p.m.

Posted by Tucson News Now on Friday, December 15, 2017

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