Together the male recruits met with R.O.Y.A.L.S to go over our vision of the retreat. We introduced ourselves by saying our name, grade, and hobbies or likes. The boys got a brief explanation of our goals and the situation that we are trying to address. We went over dates in which we would be able to meet up and go over ideas regarding the the retreat. Our whole point was to collaborate with these males and create a dialogue that is needed towards sexual assault. In addition we also talked about gender roles and what it means to be a girl and what it means to be a male.We all are getting ready to complete our tasks and make this event successful.
Due to the LAUSD teachers’ strike, the girls need a lot of catching up to do in order to stay organized. Today we met during lunch and got back to business! We went over which boys at our school would be able to help be facilitators in our sexual awareness event. Our goal is to spread awareness to girls and boys on campus. In addition, we officiated all the roles for the girls, for example Stephanie Avalos will be in charge of social media and Jessica Saravia will be in charge of communications and making sure that all the facilitators were in one group chat. We also went over dates in which we thought were appropriate to meet and go over possible activities that are taking place during the event. The girls also received a pep talk from one of our facilitators, A. Conant. Things need to be done early in order to prevent our assembly from being hectic.
This Monday on Martin Luther King Day, we met up at Starbucks and brainstormed a possible agenda for our upcoming two-day event on May 20th and 21st. Due to the LAUSD teacher strike, our attention was shifted and we’re worried not only for our education, but for our teachers who were fighting towards the betterment of it. We were able to move forward despite our worries and met together to organize our ideas and create a plan regarding our vision on what this two-day event should highlight and reflect. We engaged in a conversation about gender issues. Specifically, we agreed that sexual assault should not be viewed as only an issue prevalent in women. Spreading awareness to Sexual Assault should be a topic discussed by all genders. We did this as we welcomed our new member Lizandra and caught her up on our upcoming event and tasks like creating our logo.
R.O.Y.A.L.S. kept busy as we brainstormed ways to unite our peers on campus. We decided that the best way to start forming a bond would be through team exercises, like trust falls or other communicative games. This will serve as a way for students to feel more comfortable around the people that they share a campus with. We hope that this will lead to a more inclusive and supportive school community that will then branch out into our local communities in the long term.
Today we were assigned jobs in order to organize the R.O.Y.A.L.S. website and campus assembly. It was hectic because the group was concerned about the possible teacher strike, which could slow down the process of preparation. During the meeting, we took individual pictures for our website and worked on our biography and the task given to the group members. This meeting was a step forward toward our goal of a well organized and prepared assembly.