National CARES - Virtual Education Social Justice

Join on: July 15th – 10:00 AM or 3:00 PM PST

EVENT DETAILS

IMPACT

We're providing over 1,000 minutes of educational content to serve an estimated 20,000 students.

About the cause: A wide body of research shows that adverse childhood experiences combine with poverty to undermine children’s wellbeing and their ability to learn and thrive. They are unable to sit still and focus. Their parents, who are overstressed and struggling to make ends meet, are at risk for higher levels of depression, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Black children overall are scoring the lowest in all academic, health, and developmental indicators compared to their peers.

About the event: With National CARES, we work with you to build a virtual “lesson plan” to teach a subject or demonstrate a skill around basic math, science, English, hygiene, STEM, or soft skills. This educational content will be reviewed and delivered to teachers and families to provide the content to students. Employees can create their videos individually or as a team. During the live event, we talk about the status and importance of virtual education at this time, social justice, and then hold a vote featuring the top three submitted educational videos!

Join us for this virtual event and be part of the movement!

CREATING YOUR CONTENT

Get creative and keep it simple.

We don’t expect everyone to have a few thousand dollars worth of film equipment lying around. Thankfully, you can create authentic, engaging content with your smartphone! Here are a few tips/guidelines as you work to create your content:

  1. Length – Your videos will be viewed by age groups 6 – 12. The shorter your video the better. We often recommend trying to have your video be 10 minutes or less to ensure your audience remains captivated.
  2. Individual or Team – Feel free to include your family, friends, or team members to make creating your video as fun as possible! It sometimes helps to have another person to bounce ideas off of or to hold the camera for you.
  3. Editing your video – Your videos do not need to be professionally edited. Your audience will appreciate the authenticity of you sharing lessons and skills with a video created at home. Free video editing software like iMovie or Windows Video Editor can get the job done. You likely also have video editing software on your phone as well!

Recommended Free Tools

Loom – Free video recording and editing software that can be used on your laptop or smartphone. Learn More

 

iMovie – Free video editing software that can be used on your laptop or smartphone for Apple devices. Learn More

 

Smart Phone Camera – The camera on your phone is likely better than any camera you own. We recommend keeping it simple and using your phone as much as possible!

 

THEMES FOR YOUR VIDEO

So the big question... what are you going to teach?

Most will immediately think about content as it relates to traditional academic subjects, but we encourage you to get creative and look at other life and soft skills to teach. This content is coming at a time where many of these students would be at summer camps, trips, etc.

Ask yourself “What am I good at and can I teach that in a short video?”

To get you started, we’ve listed a number of themes and examples to give you a sense of just how vast the opportunities are. We encourage you to search on-line for additional ideas too!

A Note From National CARES on recommended video content:

In the vast majority of schools across our country, the history taught to our children focuses on the achievements and stories of White Americans. Black and Latinx students do not see themselves in these stories or if they are present, it is rarely as the hero. These messages impact young people’s sense of identity and diminishes their pride in their own people’s culture, history, and heritage. For this reason, National CARES has a keen focus on heritage. The proposed project will help students to learn about their people’s history, culture, and how they have contributed to this country. Videos that tell the stories of people and events and the rich culture of Black and Latinx people will help young people to not only learn about the past but allow them to re-envision themselves. The content will expose students to a world made rich and inviting by the contributions of Black and Latinx people.

Sciences

  • Short lab experiments that can be done with common materials at home
  • Identifying your first constellations in the stars
  • How to make homemade paper rockets
  • Homemade goo!

Language

  • Short introductions to new languages are really fun for kids. Teaching a few commonly used words and pronunciations can be exciting and highly entertaining for these students!
  • Sign language

Outdoor/Survival

  • How to tie various knots
  • How to use a compass
  • Identifying different types of plants or wildlife
  • Outdoor preparedness (what to bring)

Physical Education

  • How to improve your basketball shooting
  • How to skateboard
  • Yoga for kids!
  • Karate for kids!

How Things Work

  • Physics are great!
  • How does a toaster work?
  • How does a computer work?
  • How does a car engine work?

Hobbies/Other

  • Simple magic tricks
  • How to sew/knit
  • How to play an instrument
  • Art lessons

SUBMITTING YOUR CONTENT

Time to upload and tag your content!

So you’ve finished your video and you’re ready to submit. Nice work! Click the button below to begin your submission. Remember you can always reach out if you have questions!

Submit My Video

JOIN YOUR TEAM ONLINE

IMPACT

On average, individuals support 1 kid with educational supplies every 5 days just by surfing the web.

Provide education materials for kids with every browser tab you open in Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge!

The WeHero extension transforms your “new tab” page. Each time you open a tab, you will be greeted with a new image, the amount raised, and a couple of banner ads. We collect ad revenue from the page and use it to donate to the causes you are supporting!

The best part, you see the actual number of kids you supported!

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IMPACT

Trained 140,000 mentors, operates in 58 cities, and has successfully supported over 200,000 children. $1 billion in school supplies donated.

National CARES is a pioneering community-galvanizing movement dedicated to alleviating intergenerational poverty among African Americans. It offers Black children in low-income families and unstable communities the social, emotional and academic support they need to unleash their potential and graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college or vocational-training programs and 21st-century careers. They employ two primary strategies. The proven-effective, consciousness-shifting model, ideated and built by experts over a decade, unearths hope and resilience in our young living with trauma-causing impacts of poverty—homelessness, hunger, unrelenting violence, gravely under-resourced schools and overwhelmed parents and teachers. The traumatic stress children in poverty live with fuels mental illness and physical disease, including anxiety, depression, hypertension, substance abuse, obesity, violence and also the recent spike in suicide.

QUESTIONS?

We're here to help!

Check out our FAQs below or get in touch with us anytime at companies@wehero.co! You can also ping Kai in the bottom right-hand corner of our website.

I’m really struggling editing my video. Can I submit it un-edited?

Yes! We can’t guarantee it will be used but our team will review it and see how we can best place it.

What happens once I submit my video?

Our team reviews the content and then adds it to a searchable library where students will have access. During our review, our team looks for the top three videos that we can feature during the live event!

I have an idea about what I’d like to teach but would like to run it by someone first. Can I email someone at WeHero my idea?

Yes! Please feel free to email your event coordinator Ben at ben@wehero.co for a review.

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