There is one project that our team is particularly excited about. With a series of debates and discussions, our Girls Build LA team has finally come to an agreement to release a project within our own school. Details to the project are quite simple, we have created P.E. t-shirts that have pictures and short descriptions of Latino/Latina/Hispanic figures on the back, that have contributed to our society/culture greatly. These shirts are different. They are something new, and initially, only a certain number of students will have them.
After much deliberation, we came up with the idea came that we should create a scavenger hunt and make them the prizes. The purpose of this project is to make students at our school more aware and proud of their culture. We also want to make them aware of our group and get them involved in what we’re doing. Finally, we want to empower girls by giving them role models that are female rather than giving male figures as usual. These shirts are different because they can be worn as an uniform shirt or a P.E. shirt. We made them stand out so that students notice them. This is just the start of many of our great ideas and projects soon to come.
Final Shirt Designs
Project Planning Meetings and Workshops
Throughout the year, we got together to plan and work on the different aspects of the event. Each girl was responsible for creating one of the posterized Latino/Hispanic/Minority figures that were designed on the back of the P.E. shirts. We met in the graphic design computer lab in rm 171 and meetings were usually accompanied by food and drinks.
We got through the project by managing everything that needed to get done. We decided to hide tickets around the school and give the t-shirts away to any student who found them. We made morning announcements about the scavenger hunt that we were having and read short bios on each of the icons we featured on the shirts.
Our project was very impactful. Most of the 1400 kids in school were eager to participate in our Scavenger Hunt.
Kids who never knew about any Latino heroes were actually overheard arguing about them.
After the scavenger hunt, our teacher took a poll and many kids were able to name several different important Hispanic/Latino people.
The principal may even use the GBLA shirts instead of the vocabulary shirts we now have for next year.
The principal, the Leadership Team, the teachers and the students body ALL supported us.
Reactions to Our Project
Some of the Reactions we got were;
The kids were excited.
Some were upset when they couldn’t find a shirt.
Some students ordered their own shirts.
They were running everywhere, trying to find tickets. (Our pictures will explain everything.)
We need to Create a better way to distribute and post pictures.
Next time, if we do a scavenger hunt, we will place tickets closer to some of the special ed classrooms to give them a fairer advantage.
Finally, we should Start posting on social media earlier.
Our Girls Build LA team is using our money responsibly, we have made sure that a budget is in mind whenever we come up with project ideas. Most of our money is going into our projects that we are doing within our school/community. We have been granted an estimated amount of $1000 and are currently using it for things such as project supplies, one of our project ideas includes making t shirts to represent Latina(o)/Hispanic people and what they did for the world. Other than that, we are included equipment money in our budget, so that we use our money wisely.