15 Nov Planet Protectors Use Communication and Collaboration Skills to Spread Their Message
As adults, most of us know that often the best way to get a task done is to ask someone who can help and to negotiate with them to get that help. However, sometimes even adults have trouble figuring out the best way to ask. Or find it hard to get the courage to ask. Part of what we try to do at KidsMakeItRight is to empower kids to change the world, not only helping them figure out how to solve problems but building up the tools they will then need to see those solutions through. One of our projects involves creating posters to increase recycling, but without good places to put those posters, all they are is colorful pieces of paper! So one of our activities in KidsMakeItRight is going on a poster hanging “field trip” where we encourage children to think about the best places to put up their posters.
As we find those places, our Planet Protectors take the lead in asking if they can hang posters and negotiating with others about where the posters can go and how many they can hang. Here Alexis and Liam are talking to the school librarian about what the Planet Protectors are doing, why they are doing it, and how she can help. It’s a great way for the kids to practice their communication and negotiation skills.
And, of course, it’s great that the kids then get to see their hard work displayed and making a difference!
Our “field trips” can be in and around their school.
Or anywhere mentors and children can safely go to hang posters, like a neighborhood park.
(Don’t worry, the covers for our outdoor posters are plant-based and biodegradable)
Check out some of the posters that our Planet Protectors have made and help us remind others to pitch in by using them around your work or neightborhood! Please share some of the things you do at home with your kids on Instagram or Facebook!