“In my school, Baltimore City College, we think globally and act locally. We are learning about the Hispanic community. Have we done enough for Spanish-speaking people? What can we do to help more? If we think globally, and if we act locally, we will have the answer for every question we have.”
- Rayden Edwards, Sophomore
“I thought globally and acted locally when I went to the “Feria de Salud” (Health Fair) with my class of Spanish 2... Many people at the fair didn’t speak English. Spanish is necessary for my days with Centro Sol. This experience helped me to realize that Spanish is important. I cannot be able to speak with people of different cultures and languages if I don’t speak two languages... To be a part of the Spanish-speaking community is very fun. It is fun because now I am a part of two communities. In my future, I want to continue volunteering with Creative Alliance."
- Afiya Ervin, Sophomore
While I designed The Advocacy Project to be tied to rigorous IB academic standards and grading scales, the project gives students the opportunity to create their own volunteer projects if desired, as each student will document the project through a 500 word typed essay written entirely in Spanish.
The Advocacy Project helps students to have increased access to pathways and resources that they may not otherwise be connected to, with partnerships to movers and shakers in the community such as the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, The Creative Alliance, and Centro Sol through JHMI, and through extension the National Institute of Health (NIH). Not only does this help them make community connections that lead to increased pathways and resources in many forms, students are also able to complete their 75 hours of CAASS service hours through the project. To date, 95% of my Spanish II students have completed their 75 CAASS hours, which makes them eligible for graduation in Baltimore City. The CAASS hours graduation requirement a barrier to graduation for many Baltimore City students, and is a resource that I am proud to share with and help my students to complete, all while speaking Spanish and using their skills outside of the classroom.