20% Project Blog Ashley maayah

My 20% project will be done with Brianna, for our project we will be creating a video that exposes our viewers to the stress many high school students experience. A few of the actions that will occur are things such as volunteering at different places, and handing out things such as balloons and flowers to random people, as well as handing out note-cards with kind words on them, with hopes of these kind actions reliving us of our stress. So, we will be asking the people around us who experience stress to join us in our volunteer work to see how they feel after.

This week we called the organizations we want to volunteer at, such as the animal center and the elementary school, and began planning who we want to interview in our video. We also decided what exactly we want to do with our project. The name of our project will be Suppress the Stress.

February 10, 2017. The idea for our project has been slightly altered. Rather than seeing how volunteer work helps teens deal with stress, we are showing healthy ways to deal with stress because most teens handle it in unhealthy ways. We continued to make plans as to what we want to do and made the required planning and calls to the various places we want to go.

February 20th, 2017. Brianna and I are working on our logo for our instagram and are planning out the layout for our instagram. The instagram has been made and is called suppress.stress. We have also chosen our mentor, Michelle Gomez, our ACT counselor. As a counselor, she knows how to handle stress as well as other problems, so we found her to be a great choice of mentor. On the 23rd we will meet up to do further planning, such as what activities to do and when to do them. Time feels short although there are months ahead.

February 27th, 2017. We are currently thinking of what activities we can do and what things we want to post. We have vague ideas but nothing is set, we hope we have enough time to do everything! We are already receiving positive feedback! Short blog post due to an uneventful week.

March 3, 2017. Our instagram not only reached but surpassed our goal of 100 followers in less than 24 hours! We are currently at 160 followers and have two posts up. We volunteered yesterday for "Read Across America" in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. We read to two classes of 1st graders and it was a great opportunity for our project. We are also planning other events for our project and will hopefully be bringing more people into the project.

March 17th, 2017. After presenting to the panel, we received feedback. Although most of the feedback was positive, we also received constructive criticism. One of the points made was to transition into showing our video more smoothly. Also, we were told to see if there are other ways of promoting our instagram other than just using twitter. Over break Brianna and I will continue to post and also plan an event.

April 7th, 2017. Recently, we went on a hike to suppress our stress. One follower joined us! It was a success in that we suppressed our stress and got someone to join us, we wish more of our followers would've joined us though. Also we are planning to volunteer at the animal shelter soon. We haven't posted much because we're losing some of our motivation, so we will try to get it back soon.

April 14th, 2017. Our posting has lacked over this past week due to a busy week at school as well as work and other things that occupy our time. Hopefully by this upcoming week we will be able to post more often as planned. Ms.Gomez, our mentor, sent us something to share with our followers. We have decided against volunteering at the animal shelter because it seems excessive with the short time frame we have.

May 1st, 2017. On Friday we had a symposium in which we explained our project to a large amount of people to get feedback. The students all seemed interested in our project and told us they thought we were doing a great job. We got many followers. We didn't receive any negative feedback but rather more than one person seemed excited to hear about our project. The next steps are to keep up with posting and continue to have our community grow.

May 12th, 2017. Brianna and I are posting AP testing tips in order to help our followers suppress their stress as these very stressful testing days pass. Also, we asked our followers what they did in order to suppress their stress before the exams, a few people told us they used our tips and it helped! We will continue posting this week but this will be our last week of official posting. After Friday, we will just begin to prepare for our TED Talk date, setting up the presentation and such. Nervous yet excited!

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