Mother Nature's Gift
Premade period packages available in elementary and middle schools!
Eligibility: Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?
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Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.
Idea (hoping to get started in the future)
1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."
I remember sitting in my classroom sixth-grade year, forgetting one of the most important things I need for the month, a pad! I rushed to the nurse's office to pick up one and as she handed it over to me, she said: "bring a quarter next time." I was confused. I needed to pay for something I needed? Something that none of the boys would ever request? Since that moment, this discrepancy has unnerved me.
We feel that there should be a program in place that has "period packages" pre-made and are free for the students to use as needed. These packages would be mainly for middle and elementary schools since this is the time most girls are getting used to their menstrual cycle.
2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
We are trying to solve the stigmatization around the menstrual cycle. Judgment is worse during elementary and middle school, and the ability to obtain sanitary products should not be something the student needs to worry about. Providing the supplies girls need within the school free of charge will ensure their education is not hindered by their periods.
3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
Our solution to this issue will be to deliver pre-made period packages to local Greenville elementary and middle schools for the students to use. At the beginning of the year, students will sign up for this program. When their menstrual cycle begins, the student can simply walk to the nurse and pick up a period pack for them to get through the rest of the week. No payment or awkwardness for the student would come up.
These packs will include five (5) liners, regular, and overnight pads, as well as flushable sanitary wipes.
4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
Say a seventh-grade girl is sitting in class and realizes it's her time of the month. She would be excused to the nurse and signs in. The nurse would point to the storage place where the packages are set and the student can pick it up and be on her way and she is good for the rest of the month. "Mother Nature's Gift" is a simple and easy way to end the stigmatization associated with girls and their periods.
5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
This project is different for two reasons, the location of the product as well as the cost. Most other period packages are delivered to the house and must be paid for monthly. "Mother Nature's Gift" would be available in schools and free-of-charge to the student at the school they are attending. The socio-economic status of the student would not be put into consideration so the program can include all young girls who require and request it.
6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
We plan to end the negative stigmatization surrounding girls on their periods. The issue arises with the younger population. We will know we are making a difference when girls are unashamed of their periods and what comes along with it and will continue to advocate for this change until it has unfolded.
7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
As we transition into the college-phase of our lives, we plan on first getting our campuses involved. We hope to work with community service organizations already established to get "Mother Nature's Gift" fundraised and available to students within a year.
8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?
We would need monetary resources to get the program started. We are in the process of contacting name brand companies to sponsor and donate this project. We would also need more members to help get "Mother Nature's Gift" from an idea to an actual solution.
9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.
We are open to working with organizations such as "Girls Talk/Guys Talk" to get a conversation going around the menstrual cycle in order to normalize the subject as well as provide sanitary products for young girls.
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Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)
Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?
Communities of color
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