Pay It Forward
Objectives for High School Students
- Raise awareness about income inequality between developed and developing countries.
- Show how activism and fundraising can help conditions for children in the Philippines.
- Engage students in a collaborative project, donating their time or effort to raise funds for Smile Train.
- Illustrate the power of networks and make projections about potential results.
Materials:Photo/video camera, online access, Smile Train partner story "From Patient to Hero: Rojan Pajarin"
(Duration: 30 min. - 1 hr.)
Ask students about medical conditions that are easily treated. As a class, make a list on the board, including the necessary procedure or treatment. Next, focus on cleft lip/palate. If students are not familiar with the condition, conduct research online in small groups. Read former Smile Train patient Rojan Pajarin's story and discuss how income inequality is a barrier to treatment in developing countries. Invite students to think about possible solutions and ways that they can make a difference.
(Duration: 1 - 2 hr.)
Research and compare socioeconomic indicators between the US and the Philippines, including GDP per capita, unemployment, poverty, and access to care. Share videos or posts that students have seen through their social networks recently. Explore how "going viral" on social media could be used to help children, and brainstorm ideas for content. Make viral-reach projections by predicting the number of people they can reach based on number of contacts on Facebook/Twitter, and including their contacts' friends.
(Duration: 2 hrs.)
In teams, discuss ideas for "viral" posts. Ask groups to photograph or film a campaign including entertaining or compelling content, inviting people to make a donation to their Smile Train online fundraising page. Students will post the campaigns on social networks and track views/likes/shares. Each group will monitor and compare their campaign's success and performance throughout the year.