This project is insanely cool. It seems very effective and has striking imagery. Out of curiosity, how does the transaction of lollipops work? Do you purchase them in bulk and send them to event-holders? How do you decide which hospitals to send lollipops to? Good luck on this project, it sounds fantastic!!
On Anticipated Challenges: The biggest challenge we have faced thus far is communication, simply because each of our leaders lives in a different state. We have worked through this by texting and emailing constantly, and meeting over conference calls weekly. Our next challenge will be recruiting Lead Activists. We released the application this week and have already received interest, but we are concerned with making sure that our Lead Activists represent a diverse array of communities and backgrounds, and that the program is reaching every school. This is challenging because our connections barely reach beyond our geographic area, and reaching other parts of the nation requires resources. We have shared the application with teachers and organizations that partner with the National Youth Leadership Council, but we will require more resources to spread it through social media and other education-networks in the coming weeks. If we receive the T-Mobile Change-maker Challenge support, we hope students that students who would not have otherwise known about Youth4Ed, will apply to become Lead Activists and begin a chapter in their community to create a more equitable education system!