Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Crayons to Mexico
Explain your idea in details:
One possible idea to improve the wellbeing and potential of Mayan children living in poverty-stricken villages is to donate used school supplies to them at the end of the school year. Preschools and Elementary schools can support this drive by asking their students to donate their markers, crayon boxes, scissors, glue sticks, and etc that are still usable to give to Mayan children who are lacking them. This can be packaged in new clear pencil boxes bought and sold to the preschooler/elementary students to individually put their reusable items to ship to Mexico.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This drive can begin in my District 225, Illinois and spread across Chicagoland schools. The target amount of materials in pencil boxes collected can initially start out small with about 100-300 at one elementary school (Westcott, Meadowbrook, or Christian Heritage Academy) nearby. After collecting the estimated amount, I can deliver them to a Mayan school through a connected church missionary. This drive can then grow and be supported/advertised throughout before the next end of the school year.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
I am only 16 years old, so rather it being a business, it will be starting off as a small non-profit organization, called Crayons for Mexico, run by my friends and I via nearby supporting elementary and preschools. To fund the cost of plane tickets and baggage, we will start fundraisers at my school or at the elementary schools and connect with families and parents at informational meetings to gain financial collaborators.
Hello, I am Grace Kang, a 16-year old sophomore at Glenbrook North High school in Chicago, IL. Last year, I went on a Mission trip with my youth group to Yucatan, Mexico. There, we set up a 3-day Vaccacional Bible Study (VBS) that provided a poverty-stricken Mayan village a summer kid's program that included outside games, indoor activities, English classes, skits, and praise songs. I was the female leader during this trip and was in charge of leading the activities and English classes. However, as I lead DIY activities, the children initially didn't know what or how to freestyle draw or doodle. For example, after explaining to them to decorate their shirts, they only copied the exact sample drawing I drew as an example at the spot or asked other volunteers to draw for them. This was because they were unused to having an excess of materials, such as markers, extra paper, crayons, paint, and etc to know what to do with them, but follow teacher's one-by-one step. After understanding this, it sadden me for a long period of time. Moreover, I realized the educational disadvantage this had on the children. Because from a young age, these children are not able to express their own individual ideas and creativity through drawing or crafts like many preschoolers and elementary students do in the US, they are restricting their creative ability and thus, intellectual cognitive skills. This thus hurts their economy, in that they are unable to excel academically relative to those who have access to simple school supplies. This can change by simply asking our privileged students in the US for their school supplies at the end of the school year to give to the children who are desperate for them.