The student projects will not only help to disseminate awareness of the SDGs among youth but will also bring together higher education faculty and graduate students with the high school students to develop suggestions for implementable solutions to the SDGs.
Ranney School students have already begun to research the SDGs and will create a project around one chosen goal via small groups or individually this spring. As part of their research process, approximately six Monmouth University professors will speak to the students and engage them in hands-on activities surrounding global problems and possible solutions to climate change, women in education, global health, partnerships for establishing peace, economic growth and clean water. (See the list of speakers and dates on this page). In addition, students will hear directly from a UN representative before traveling to UN Headquarters in New York City in June to present their projects.
Student projects will focus on educating the community about the issues at hand and encourage others to find solutions. Their presentations will include various technological reports to reach their global audience, such as videos, virtual discussions, group chats and webcasts.
To date, the students have met with Dr. Patrizia Bonaventura of Monmouth University, one of the partnership’s advisors, about the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth mission to foster young people’s empowerment and leadership to support the UN action plan, and, in particular, their involvement in the realization of the SDGs. In addition, Dr. Bonaventura and Mrs. Renee Lam-Whiteman, Psych MA, a mother of a Ranney student involved in the project, met with the group about available resources to develop solutions to the SDGs and took the students, along with Monmouth University graduate students to a youth-led meeting on climate change initiatives. In November 2015, the students attended the DPI-NGO conference on Youth at the Forefront: Bridging the Gap between Climate Change and Climate Action, and i
n February 2016, the students returned to UN Headquarters for the ECOSOC Global Youth Forum (full story