Open Your Eyes (OYE) is a group in Newfield High School that I co-founded in the mid 2006-2007 school year. OYE is a group, not a school funded club that is geared toward tackling world issues. This year we took action against global warming by starting a recycling program in our school. This involved painting and labeling boxes, distributing them into all of the classrooms, and recycling the paper each week. Once our recycling project was under way we raised money and supplies for save-a-pet totaling in approximately $600. We are looking to do something ambitious that will have a big impact for our next project.
I am a member of the Genocide Intervention Network which is trying to stop the genocide in Darfur. The most basic responsibility that people have is to take action when they witness such horrific acts of violence. Unfortunately many people are unaware that a genocide is taking place. It is our goal to educate our school and community about genocide. A good way to do this would be to have a speaker come into the school for an assembly and then show a movie to the public after school hours. We would set up an information station encouraging people to take action. An event such as this would require monetary recourses that we do not have.