Continuing and broadening the exploration of different cultures, careers, and environments offered in America.
A look into the unknown world. Follow me, as I connect with a struggling and secluded community in efforts to make social change.
The West- Illegal Immigration of the San Joaquin Valley
Mission: Immerse into the community of “Illegal Immigration” by working and living with Migrant Workers to gain a better understanding and perspective of who they were, who they’ve become, and where they’re headed.
Focus: For generations, Americans were known as hard-working, disciplined, relentless workers, but now certain jobs have been turned over to those who are willing to work in some of our harshest working environments for less pay. Observe and analyze how isolated living conditions and strenuous work environment impacts individual development and self-purpose.
Importance: An ongoing political, economical, and social debate, as to whether undocumented workers are accepted to work and live in America, like an American. Jobs are scarce in today’s world, especially when it’s easier to make things faster and cheaper by finding Migrant Workers. Inform the public on what these people sacrifice, their place in society, and how they feel valued.
Duties: Work side by side, day by day with those who’ve uprooted for a better opportunity, but live in constant uncertainty and instability. Be a voice and communicate with a secluded and struggling community that is far from the realities of everyday America.
The Great Plains – Indian Reservation
Background: Statistically, South Dakota’s Indian Reservations record the highest unemployment in America at 85-90%, leaving nearly an entire community to live below the federal poverty line. As you can imagine, this streams insurmountable conditions to the lives of many on the reservation, from alcoholism and depression, to suicide and diseases.
Mission: Immerse into the rich, but systematic degradation of Native-American culture by living and working within the community to gain a better understanding and perspective of what it’s like to be part of a victimized nation.
Focus: How high unemployment could deteriorate and cause a downward-spiraling community and how the affects will prevent a community from rebounding.
Duties: “Drop Me In!” and provide me an opportunity to work with the youth, in order to replace hopelessness with a positive outlook and idleness with purpose. I will be working with teenagers in career development, a chance to open minds and possibilities.
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