Service Learning Project Reflection
When I first started this project, I was torn between two subjects; bullying and pregnancy prevention. I have great knowledge of both subjects and have been through both, so they are subjects I have personal experience in. I could not make up my mind for a little while, so I made a ‘pros and cons’ list of each subject to determine what I wanted to do my research on. After looking over both lists a few times, I realized that I wanted to research pregnancy prevention.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to impact the community. I was pretty excited to research information about pregnancy prevention techniques and the history behind how far doctors’ offices and clinics have come with research on birth controls. Pregnancy prevention is a topic that I believe to be much ignored more and more recently, especially between teenagers and their parents. There are so many teenage pregnancies going on throughout, not only, our communities, but also throughout the world. Where this matter might only start as a community problem for us personally, it’s a global problem that needs to be noticed and resolved.
When first starting the research for this project, I filled out the KWL sheet (which is a sheet to organize what I know, what I want to know, and what I learned from what I’ve read) to compare with other peers’ thoughts and so I could realize what I wanted to do with this project. I knew about the different birth controls, and various methods that are more convenient than others. I later learned just how hard people fought for birth controls in America and it made me respect birth control that much more.
Unplanned pregnancies are increasing by great numbers which is having a toll on our economy; as well as the economy in other countries. In the past, our government had a population control method, which limited families to have only two children, which helped to prevent many unplanned pregnancies; China also had this population control of families, limiting them to having only two children. As the years grew on, pregnancies decreased, and the population control was dropped; but since 2008, the government has been trying to push for population control once again, but no bill has passed.
With this project, we were “Group B”, also known as “Prevention Awareness”; this group consisted of Eugene, Jessica, Jasmine, Samantha, Jeremy, and me. My role in this group was the spokesperson; I helped keep the group on task, helped set chat times that could be flexible for my peers daily schedules, and my own, and I helped to make sure we got everything done when we needed to. After researching information that we needed to figure out for the mock project, we decided that as a group, we would educate parents and teenagers about prevention techniques, the pros and cons of every method, and the percentage of how effective the birth control is. We would educate the community by holding community meetings, posting signs over town to make people aware of the groups, and even by voluntarily visiting clinics, doctors’ offices, and schools to make teenagers aware of how challenging life can be with a baby.
Some of the problems that we could face, while attempting to resolve this community problem, could be the difficulties parents and teenagers have sharing the knowledge of appropriate ways to talk about sex and relationships; and even just about pregnancy preventions. One main thing our group came to the conclusion of, was that a lot of parents don’t feel comfortable talking to their teenagers about sex or pregnancy prevention due to schools having sexual education classes, where the parents feel the teenagers will learn everything they need to know. We talked over this common problem and had agreed that a community discussion could help parents feel more comfortable talking to their teenagers about relationships and sex; we also agreed that those having this discussion could help the parents and teenagers trust each other because the discussion alone could show willingness to understand and talk things over.
From this group, I not only learned about birth control and pregnancy preventions; but I learned to have confidence in myself as a group leader. I started in the group, as someone who just wanted to help keep everyone together and ready for the final piece, but after the first conversation Prevention Awareness had in the Wiki, I was nominated as the group spokesperson for being on top of everything since the start, I also offered because I felt comfortable offering. As the weeks progressed I grew more and more confident with being the spokesperson and helping the group succeed.
This class helped me with this group by helping me manage my time (Pod 2, Time Management Worksheet) more efficiently for myself and for my grade. It has also helped me to set goals (Pod 1; Pod 5, P.O.W.E.R. Goals; P.O.W.E.R. Goals Evaluation), and by knowing how to set appropriate goals, I was able to list what we, as a group, should accomplish and by when. By doing this the group was able to correspond and converse with each other about our outcomes of our research.
Prevention Awareness was our mock Learning Service Project. By doing this assignment, we were able to take all of our skills as individuals and combine them to take notes and put together a presentation. Overall, if this mock project was an actual Learning Service Project that we could have done to help our community, I believe that it wouldn’t just give information to individuals, but truly help parents and their teenage children to connect and communicate. Even if at first it was only a couple of families with their teenagers, a small start can go a long way.
Works Cited Page
Reed, James W., Robert Y. Eng, Sanjam Ahluwalia, R. Murray Thomas, and Caryn E. Neumann. “Birth Control.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern World. Oxford University Press, 2008. Web. 24 Mar. 2012
Vanderburg, Nina. “POWER Goals.” Power Goals. GNED111-ONL1 First Term Seminar, 6 Mar. 2012. Web. 26. 2012. <http://hesseronline.mrooms3.net/mod/assignment/view.php?id=31819>.
Vanderburg, Nina. “Finalizing Your Time.” GNED111-ONL1 First Semester Seminar. 25 Mar. 2012. Web. 27 Apr. 2012. <http://hesseronline.mrooms3.net/mod/assignment/view.php?id=31854>.