Seniors Years

No Fixed Address
Homelessness

StepsActivitiesResources

Seeing & Engaging

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Play the makeChange Music Video”

This empowering video introduces Hannah Taylor, who founded The Ladybug Foundation. Her cause was homelessness, but the point of this video is to demonstrate the ability of young people to make a difference, by stepping outside of their usual “comfort zones” to help others.

The “Make Change Music Video” is an artistic representation of Hannah’s journey and young students may not distinguish that from the reality of safety concerns of unsafe areas and approaching strangers, despite safety warnings from teachers. (5:00 mins)

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.



To start thinking about homelessness and poverty, review “Perceptions or Misconceptions”

For Hannah’s important message about homelessness, play the “Senior Years 1 Vignette”

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

Inquiring & Investigating

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makeChange Poster Images

Download one of the original Senior Years poster images with “Poster Notes” explaining the story behind the image.

How do the video and poster image make you feel? Make notes of what impacts you personally. Do you see things that you would like to help change?

Think about the images you have seen and reflect on the quotes in the Visual Literacy Quote Study

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Select from these resources to build understanding and highlight the issues:

 

“Fragile” Music Video

Fragile is a music video performed by young, talented Amanda Falk to lyrics and music written by Amanda Falk. The music is powerful and depicts motivating and thoughtful imagery of hunger, homelessness and poverty from around the world. (5:00 mins)

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

“Stories from the Street” video documentary

This documentary tells stark and honest stories of life on the streets of Calgary, from the voices of the homeless and the leaders of organizations trying to help. Viewers will quickly see that homelessness in Canada knows no ethnic, gender or age boundaries. There are no easy answers but the root of change comes from hope and caring. (16:30 mins)

Content Warning: some graphic content and images.

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

“The Cycle” video documentary

Reality programs have nothing on the realities of street life in one of the harshest places to overcome addictions, mental illness and street life. The streets of Vancouver’s notorious East Hastings district are unforgiving and dangerous. The stories are told by the people living them, and by one organization trying to help. Living in this city’s homeless community is not for the weak. (20:00 mins)

Content Warning: some graphic content and images.

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

What do these images and words tell us about the conditions of people who are homeless? They are right in front of us, but are they invisible?

What kind of questions would you ask the people you see in these videos?

Which image did you find the hardest to view? Why?

What have you learned? Use the Frame to reconsider your personal assumptions about people who are homeless?

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Go to the I Can makeChange Interactive Pages

Meet Brendan, Janis, Lisa and Simon and take the challenge at the Ages 15-18+ pages of the Interactive site!

  • Brendan, age 16 (Everyone Needs Food)
  • Janis, a 15 year old street kid (Living on the Street)
  • Lisa, a 23 year old Aboriginal single mother (Living in Poverty)
  • Simon is 53 years old (Everyone Needs Shelter)

Empowering – You Can Make a Difference!

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Empowerment and education go hand in hand. You can makeChange in the world, no matter what age you are! What do you feel strongly about? What change do you want to see in your school, community or world?

Play the video, “Make You Think – COLLIDE…

(10:39 mins)

Teachers should preview all video content before screening it for students. Consider classroom and community sensitivities and age-appropriateness.

“Will we be the ones to step up and do something about the needs of those around us? Will we be the ones to step up and COLLIDE?”
- Shauna Simmonds, MakeYouThinkTV

When we allow our own heart to see the needs of those around us… that is when things begin to change.

Making Change – Plan Your Project!

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Plan a project to help make change in your school, community, country or world.

Use the "I can makeChange” Social Action Project Planning Charts to help with your planning.

  • Access the great information and resources at The Ladybug Foundation website

OR…

  • As part of your action plan, find information about other organizations that work for social change such as: We Day/Free the Children, Duke of Edinburgh, The Everyday Activist: 365 Ways to Change the World and more!

World Issues – Action Initiatives provides a variety of sources that include books and websites that inform not only with facts, but also with action plans to makeChange.

Tell Us About Your Project and Your Success!

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Send Hannah an Action Update (attaching authorized photos, video and all!) and your plan, actions and your makeChange moment! We will feature your school on our “Making Change with Hannah” web and Facebook page.

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Teacher Note: Use the Celebration and Reflection Frame to help students reflect on their challenges and successes related to their action plan.

Your students have proved that they can make a difference, now and in their futures!

“Thank you for making a difference and changing the world!”
Hugs and Ladybugs, Hannah

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