Four high school seniors and graduates of the Caring Economy Young Leaders Program have founded the first Caring Economy Club at American High School in Fremont, CA. Anjali Devakumar, Cassandra Bicakci, Shweta Kinger and Elizabeth Joseph have recruited about 70 members, and sponsored their first community service day on October 25, 2014. For the national Make A Difference Day, the club volunteered at Leaf Stone Gardens, a local organization that grows fresh produce and donates it to feed Bay Area residents in need. Their hard work is a success story: the club founders have been publicly recognized by the city of Fremont on November 18th, 2014.
Anjali writes, "Our first event was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the event on Saturday (October 25). I'm so proud of the work we accomplished. We truly made a difference that day, and the members of Leaf Stone Gardens and the City of Fremont were very grateful for our help! Caring Economy focuses on raising awareness on social issues (esp. in regards to teaching, care work, etc.), and we have made that a huge focus in our club".
The young leaders are students of John Creger, a certified Caring Economy Conversation Leader who teaches English at AHS. In his high school curriculum, he encourages his students to become caring and responsible leaders and identify and practice their personal values inspired by the Personal Creed project that he developed. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg6fKbyzfVs
Visit the AHS Caring Economy Club Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/407125306094321/
Do you know young people ready to speak out about a Caring Economy? Have them contact the Caring Economy Campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org