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2017 Real World Issues Top Twelve

The Top 12 Issues are in! Now it's your turn to vote on what YOU want to work on at Elevate. Out of 80 issues submitted, we have narrowed down the topics to the top 12 that have best met the criteria of being meaningful, collaborative, and local. Because Elevate is all about learning how to understand and practically address a problem, the solutions proposed in the topics below may change by the end of the week, as there are many, many ways to solve a problem. Your task is to consider "how might we, as a group, tackle the core issue?".

Please read through the twelve issues listed below and then select seven of them that you would like to see worked on at Elevate.

How do we bridge the divide between expatriate students and local Hong Kong students?
James Chung (Hong Kong)
Create opportunities such as home-stays and club sports for authentic cross-culture experiences between international students from the isolated expatriate community in Hong Kong and the local students in order to break down the division and lack of understanding between the two communities.

How do we bolster educational quality and promote life-long learners?
Noah Kennedy (Richmond, VA)
Increase literacy levels in elementary school children of an underfunded school system by cultivating a love of reading through opportunities such as after-school neighborhood book clubs and field trips to the library.

How do we integrate Spanish-speaking parents into a community?
Emma Lutz (Landenberg, PA)
Bridge the gap between the Spanish-speaking parents and the rest of the school and social community through services such as document translation and easily accessible English classes.

How do we help teenagers who struggle with mental health?
Haley Baker (Ipswich, MA)
Provide education and practical tools for teenagers who struggle with anxiety and depression through spaces such as an after school workshop and an app with cathartic activities.

How do we bring back the importance of art in a community?
Emma Soh (Singapore)
Reintroduce a love and appreciation for art in a Singaporean community as a medium for teaching the important values of empathy, perspective-taking and creativity, through art making activities for the public, such as painting murals or singing in community choirs.

How do we address the pervasive issue of homelessness in the Philippines?
Chermae Fabro (Manila, Philippines)
Provide the first steps to self-sufficiency and restoring the dignity of the homeless through workshops that practical lessons in various trades and connect them with potential employers.

How do we create healthy conversation about pornography?
Reece Moore (Plano, TX)
Create honest, shame free dialogue among high school students and parents about pornography and offer education on its detrimental effects and restorative-solutions for those who want to end addiction.

How do we start to combat sex-trafficking?
Spence Johnstone (Marietta, GA)
In the face of the seemingly insurmountable issue of sex-trafficking, begin with the first step of educating communities and at-risk populations to recognize sex trafficking victims and predators.

How do we increase access to dental health care?
Terrelle Brown II (Charlotte, NC)
Catalyze action by raising awareness among both the medical clinics and the populations who do have ready access to dental care in the greater Charlotte area of the severe lack of dental health care in Black and Latino communities right next door to them.

How do we tangibly serve the elderly in a community?
Aidan Cyrus (Vienna, VA)
Connect local high schools with wood working classes and volunteer clubs with elderly members of the community who are in need of small house repairs as a means of service but also opportunity to build inter-generational relationships.

How do we strengthen families, which are the foundation of society?
Katherine Milian (Montgomery, TX)
Strengthen family relationships through family-friendly events and activities, parent forums that address parenting topics, and mentor pairing for children who lack parent involvement.

How do we welcome and assist refugees?
Lydia Kellogg (Shelton, CT)
Connect willing volunteers with opportunities to build authentic friendships with refugees resettling in America through English tutoring classes, community events, and job skill identification.

1. First and Last Name

2. Please vote on seven out of the twelve listed:

How do we bridge the divide between expatriate students and local Hong Kong students?
How do we bolster educational quality and promote life-long learners?
How do we integrate Spanish-speaking parents into a community?
How do we help teenagers who struggle with mental health?
How do we bring back the importance of art in a community?
How do we address the pervasive issue of homelessness in the Philippines?
How do we create healthy conversation about pornography?
How do we start to combat sex-trafficking?
How do we increase access to dental health care?
How do we tangibly serve the elderly in a community?
How do we strengthen families, which are the foundation of society?
How do we welcome and assist refugees?