This project took about a month to create. I spoke with various community leaders, professors, high school teachers and administrators and parents to ensure that all stakeholders were accounted for. Although everyone thought the project was a great idea, many older adults were skeptical because I am so young. Some people looked at me as if to say “cute idea kid, but leave these big projects to us grown ups”. I’m aware that I’m very young but I’ve also put a lot of thought (and sweat) into creating this endeavor.
After laying out a detailed statement, budget, and connecting with many other community members, those who first looked at me as a “cute kid” now take my project idea very seriously. I finally received approval from the principal to host the project in the school as well as a promise from the city of Buffalo to reimburse me for transportation costs.