Local Fortuna Teacher Tackles the World, One Student at a Time
A local Fortuna High School teacher is showing seniors, how they can truly ‘Change the World‘ using their own interests and skills. What originated as a high school AP English class project, taught by teacher Amy Conley, has morphed into a fantastic program introducing kids to the spirit of community and giving back.
When Conley’s students start their senior school year, they begin the ‘Change the World’ process by surveying their individual community needs. The students take the results and come up with ideas which eventually lead to the creation of new programs. Students are encouraged on and assisted by related mentors and other community partnerships.
So far, student created programs have included mentoring, community cleanups with the Fortuna Street Clean Team (with the assistance of Fortuna Business Improvement District), a car seat recycling event, military care packages, care kits and activity bags for childhood cancer patients and much more. Their Facebook page has additional information and projects the students have been active in.
Conley was recently interviewed by the Huffington Post in an article titled, “7 Initiatives By Students and Teachers That Are Making Waves Outside The Classroom.” In the article, Conley is quoted as saying, “I get to launch children into the future!” and she talks about the long term benefits of public speaking, reading, and writing all of the students receive by participating in the program.