Postcard Educate is a social action platform created specifically for classrooms at all grade levels. It is designed for teachers working to inspire students to become global citizens dedicated to making the world a better place through action.
With Postcard Educate, students and educators create their own Postcard Impact-style campaigns. Students choose the issue, create the campaign, and write the call-to-action. We print and deliver the final set of postcards to the classroom, and to those the students are hoping to make an impression on.
Teachers have access to an engaging tool for integrating social action into their curriculum and students gain experience in creating grassroots movements.
Power Over Poverty
This Is How You Can Help:
1. Write one word on a piece of paper explaining how you feel when you hear the word “poverty”. Ex: sad, angry
2. Write a full sentence on the same piece of paper lm you think that poverty should be stopped worldwide.
3.Take a picture of you holding the piece of paper.
Stop Popping Pills and Start Paying Bills
This campaign aims to help people realize that drugs are not always the answer to everything. People often become addicted to drugs and are unable to realize the important things in life such as family, responsibility and health. As people focus more on drugs they end up forgetting that they have other responsibilities and succumb to addiction.
We want you to help us by talking to at least a few people or family members or even friends that are going through this problem of drug abuse. After you have talked to them about what could happen if they keep on using drugs, spread out and inform others about our call to action. Also make sure to let them know about the Free Rehab Centers in NYC so that they can get the help that they need.
On the front of the postcard send a picture of yourself with your thumbs up and on the back write an encouraging message to the person in the rehab center so that they can have the strength to keep going. For example: You are doing the right thing do not give up.
Power to the People
Here is how you can help:
Take a picture of yourself holding up a raised fist (made popular by the Black Panthers Movement)
Take a picture of yourself wearing all black with a sign saying “#powertothepeople”.
Your image will spread awareness and show support to those organizations addressing racism and police brutality in our society.
The xeNO! Campaign
Think of a time a group of people disowned you and acted as if they're better than you based off of something that represents you. The feeling of neglect and abandonment for simply being yourself. We believe that nobody, no matter his/her/their position, is better than another. Xenophobia is people who fear citizens from foreign countries. By taking the time to submit a postcard, you are already making a stand; you’re becoming more aware of the pain and heartache brought upon others.
Help us by forming your own postcard. Upload and email your postcard with you screaming out the word “xeNO!” with a speech bubble surrounding it. Feel free to add other images to the image that describe how you feel about xenophobia. Your postcard with be printed and sent directly to The Oval office as soon as Trump takes office.
Stop Gang Violence | ACT
intimidation, and drug sales. Communities are in fear of becoming victims to gang violence,
which can lead to minor injuries to serious injuries and even death. Therefore people should support
the Police Athletic League because it gives the youth an opportunity to do more things than
Upload a photo of yourself participating in a favorite sport to show your support for our movement.
In order to get the message out, take a picture of yourself with
(a) contraception and/or
(b) a fact or message related to the importance of sex education and/or
(c) a sign with our hashtag #loveandaffectionuseprotection.
Write a message in favor of comprehensive sex education in schools.
Debullify The World
Take a picture of yourself as a victim of bullying or as an upstander of bullying and share the story to help others know that they can make it through the pressure of bullying. Show how you overcame your bully and want to help others do the same. Also, please make sure to say in your postcard which school you go to. These postcards will be displayed around schools in the vicinity to help stop bullying.
Terminate School Shootings
We want our voices to be heard! We want to pass a law to start background checks at gun shows, and to have better security measures at schools. We also want to bring awareness to people in power, and make them realize that stronger gun laws need to be placed. We are planning to send this to the White House and to different senators in other states.
What you can do to help:
1. Send a picture of a fact about school shootings or gun violence.
2. Take a selfie holding a #TogetherWeCanProtectSchools written in your favorite color crayon.
3. Make a collage for the people who have died in school shootings.
4. Tell us how school shootings have personally affected you.
#UseYourVOICE to Stop Bullying
Justice Wasn't Served. It Was Bought.
For-profit prisons are unjust. For-profit prisons take advantage of people who are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses such as theft, drug possession, and illegal immigration. These prisons increase their profits the more prisoners they house and the longer their
Corporations such as the GEO Group Inc. and Corrections Corporations of America (CCA) make millions from their prison contracts each year as well as charging exorbitant fees for phone calls, housing, and other services in prison. According to a study by Anita Mukherjee at the University of Wisconsin, people who go to a private prison spend an average of 60 to 90 days longer in prison for the same crimes. It is immoral for any system to exploit people to gain a profit for themselves.
A way to end privatized prisons is through the Justice Is Not For Sale Act. The Justice Is Not For Sale Act (H. R. 3543) was introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative Raul M. Grijalva, Representative Keith Ellison and Representative Bobby L. Rush. The goal of this act is to end contracts with private companies that run prisons, as well as to regulate more closely who goes to prison. We, the students in The Center for Social Justice in Montclair High School want to see this bill passed to dissolve for-profit prisons.
We cannot advance prison reform without changing existing laws. Join us in helping to raise awareness for the Justice Is Not For Sale Act. Write a message of support to Representative Keith Ellison to help push this bill through.
Follow us on Instagram @csjnot4profitprisons
The Cornell Benjamin Memorial Park Campaign
This meeting inspired the students of Satellite Academy to take action. They hope to deliver postcards to the South Bronx City Council representative, Rafael Salamanca Jr., asking that Councilmember Salamanca rename the park where Cornell Benjamin was killed as a tribute to his efforts to build peace. Please upload a photo and write a message in support of their campaign. Your photo and message will become a physical postcard delivered directly to Councilmember Salamanca.
Styrofoam, an informal name for polystyrene, is a non-biodegradable substance used frequently in businesses. Since the petroleum-based plastic material is resistant to photolysis, it never fully decomposes. Polystyrene has been declared the main component of marine debris, because of its unique property to float. Styrene, a main component of polystyrene is a human carcinogen. In addition, the production of styrofoam releases 57 chemical byproducts that contribute significantly to diminishing our ozone layer.
The Alachua County landfill closed down in 1998 when it reached its maximum capacity, and now Alachua County waste is shipped 36 miles away to the New River Regional Landfill. Attached is one of the most recent photos of our landfill. We believe that by advertising biodegradable products and making it advantageous to companies to use them instead of polystyrene products, Gainesville can make a change for the betterment of its environment Some biodegradable products include: post-consumer recycled paper, bamboo, and corn plastic. We would also like to promote the development of a public styrofoam recycling facility in Gainesville. Although this is not the most environmentally friendly option, because of all the energy used to transform the material, one is able to decrease the amount of waste left in landfills for prolonged periods of time. If you want to keep Gainesville’s environment clean and preserve its beauty, join the fight!
Prison Not For Profit
Realistically, these companies operate these intended rehabilitation centers as businesses, focusing primarily on limiting expenses in any way possible. This economic focus has caused a decrease in prison quality. Prisoners are facing mounting problems such as limited healthcare and declining food quality as the privatization of prisons persists.
Regan Clarine was a victim of prison privatization in Arizona. While in prison, Regan was pregnant and had a C-section. Her C-section wounds were treated with packets of sugar instead of antibiotics to save money. This method can be traced back to the early twentieth century, and is no longer accepted as a medical practice. Regan is understandably traumatized from these events. Unfortunately, similar events transpire in prisons daily as a result of privatization within prison systems.
With this message, we hope to encourage people to voice their support, and join the movement to call on senators to pass legislative reform regarding the end of prison privatization. The poor treatment of prisoners not only has adverse effects on the prisoners themselves, but also on society due to re-incarceration being encouraged rather than rehabilitation as a way to increase profits. Prison privatization is neither fiscally responsible nor principally just.
Live. Love. Loris.
Join our campaign to save the loris! Take action and send a postcard to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help bring this cause to their attention so they can use their resources and publicity to spread awareness about this animal. The more awareness for the loris, the better its situation will be. Feel free to include a personal message about how this makes you feel and why YOU think they need help! Help us save this poor animal.
Mending the Wounds of Injustice: Modern Day Slavery
Save the Syrians
Given this, the current Syrian Refugee Crisis requires action from the United States.
The Syrian Refugee Crisis is a consequence of a brutal civil war that began during the Arab spring uprisings of 2011. Over 4.8 million people have been displaced from their homes and forced to migrate west towards Europe and America while 6.5 are displaced within Syria. Many individuals have travelled hundreds of miles on foot or faced the dangers of human trafficking to reach countries without guarantee of admission.
Throughout this situation, the United States has made limited efforts to provide shelter for the vulnerable Syrians and their families. In 2016, President Obama set the goal for fiscal year to admit 10,000 refugees with the intent of increasing this to 100,000 by 2017. Despite this, the US has only admitted around 2,200 refugees since 2011. Refugees wishing to enter the US face an extensive vetting process that takes an average of 18 to 24 months to clear an individual for entry. Many conservative leaders in congress are calling for increasing refugee regulation or halting admittance altogether.
We must put aside our fears and open our doors to these refugees to mitigate this crisis. As a global leader we have this responsibility to the people of the world. But we can’t accomplish this goal without congressional support. We’re reaching out you, the community, to help us raise awareness and convince congress to take action.
Let's Talk About SEX!
We are asking you to help us educate young adults and teenagers on proper sex conduct. We will be sending these to the United States education department and call for a specific focus on sex education in the Southern states, where sex education is most absent. For example, in countries like the Netherlands, where sexual education is extremely normalized and modernized, teen pregnancy and abortion rates are drastically lower than the US.
We should be educating our youth on sexual orientation, healthy sex, sexual values, and Sexually Transmitted Infections. This would greatly reduce the negative consequences of teen sex.
Where's the heart?
Every person deserves to have a place to call home. One of the many organizations that aids homeless persons in Gainesville is the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry, who work through the GRACE Marketplace to provide shelter, meals, services, and help for those in need. But they can't do it all alone. The GRACE Marketplace is always in need of donations and volunteers to continue their cause.
Upload a postcard here where you write a note of positivity to the homeless at GRACE Marketplace, a pledge of volunteer services or a donation, or just a simple thank you to those at GRACE Marketplace who work so hard to help the homeless in our community. Your submission will be made into a physical postcard that we will send to the GRACE Marketplace campus!
This is one step closer to the eradication of human trafficking as a whole. Join our fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. To get involved yourself, upload a photo and message to create a postcard showing your support for those who are or have been victimized. Help us to expose this injustice against human rights. Bring human trafficking to a red light.
1 (888) 373-7888
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
No Paws Left Behind
The mission of our campaign is to find these animals happy homes by increasing funding for the Department of Animal Services. By providing animal shelters with a bigger budget, they can give the animals the treatment they need prior to adoption and expand the number of animals that can be cared for until they find a home.
This is where you come in: by writing a postcard to the Budget and Fiscal Services Department of Alachua County, FL, you can become part of the movement. With your help, we can bring attention to the lack of funding for animal services. Another way you can save lives is by donating to the No Kill Advocacy Center via NoKillAdvocacyCenter.org., or you can volunteer at any of your local animal shelters.
Save Our Seas: A Campaign to Reduce Ocean Pollution
Join our campaign, and send a postcard to your locally owned restaurants asking them to switch to biodegradable straws. Even one restaurant can make a difference to help marine animals throughout the globe. By participating in our campaign, you will be making a significant difference in the community. Use #SaveOurStraws to raise awareness for our cause and to let your friends know the difference that you are making both locally and globally.
All it Takes is One
If you support our stance to have all children vaccinated, we ask that you create a postcard demonstrating your stance. These postcards will be sent to Governor Chris Christie, advocating for more legislation demanding the vaccination of our citizens.
For the image on the front of the postcard, we ask that you upload any artwork, photograph, or image that you feel expresses your feelings about vaccines and their outcomes. It can represent how you feel the world has changed since the development of vaccines, your own experiences with vaccines, the fight against the negative stigmas concerning autism, or anything you feel represents your personal beliefs concerning this issue. As examples, it could be a picture of you or your child, a person receiving a vaccination, or artwork creatively expressing the importance of this issue.
We ask that you also write a message about why vaccines are so important, and provide personal beliefs as well as scientific evidence, to convince legislators about the importance of this issue. Any form of anecdotal, empirical, or personal information related to this issue can be used.
We've also created a Q&A that disproves many common myths concerning autism, in the hopes that it encourages more parents to vaccinate their children:
Do vaccines cause autism?
Autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder, meaning that it affects aspects such as social interaction, communication, and can cause restricted interests and repetitive behavior (i.e. an autistic child who is only interested in painting, and has trouble doing anything else). This disorder has its roots in genetic issues, such as inherited mutations (where the genes are naturally altered during early development) and other dysfunctions that develop within the brain as a child ages. According to the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, about 1% of children in the US are diagnosed with ASD (1 in 68 children), whereas 95% of children in kindergarten have had vaccinations including those for measles, mumps, and flu. Given these statistics, vaccinations causing autism is so incredibly rare that the two have no correlation.
How do they work?
Vaccines work by imitating an infection with a dormant strain of the target disease; for example, flu vaccines contain a strain of the flu virus that is not active, but is still foreign to the body. The body's immune system then produces cells and antibodies to attack the dormant strain. By doing this, the body is able to learn how to destroy that specific disease, and can remember how to do it in the future so that when you are exposed to the disease, your body can get rid of it efficiently and before you even realize you were sick.
People who have been given vaccines will sometimes experience symptoms such as fevers, sweating, and aching, as if they have a cold; these symptoms are the body’s natural response to a foreign substance that the immune system is fighting off. The symptoms vary from person to person, but on average they never get more intense than a slight cold. However, according to the CDC, about 1 per 1,000,000 children are at risk for experiencing a serious allergic reaction to the ingredients used in vaccines. This risk is incredibly minimal; in any one year, the chance of being struck by lightning is higher than the risk of having an allergic response to a vaccine (one per seven-thousand vs. one per one million). In all, the side effects of vaccinations are much less than the effects of the actual diseases they are intended to protect against.
Why vaccinate my self or my child?
Firstly, vaccinating yourself and your child will help protect your family against and prevent the spread of harsh diseases such as polio, smallpox, measles, chicken pox, hepatitis, the flu, and many others. Additionally, vaccinating yourself and your family will build up a ""herd immunity”; in other words, it will greatly reduce the risk that an unvaccinated person or child with contract the disease. This is especially important for infants and children who are still too young to be vaccinated, because they have a lower chance of being exposed to disease. Vaccination, in the grand scheme of things, helps protect you, your family, and those around you from suffering from disease.
But, most of the diseases vaccines protect against are gone?
This is only partially true; diseases such as polio and small-pox aren’t as prevalent today as they were before the vaccines because today’s vaccines are holding these diseases at bay. If vaccines for polio, measles, mumps, and small-pox were discontinued completely, new strains of these diseases would show up again and cause more damage to the general health.
We appreciate any support you can offer for this cause. We hope that, with your help, we can make our citizens safe against preventable diseases.
United to END GENOCIDE
Exploration Goes Global!
When I meet Indian students, I want to do more than just tell them about my amazing school and students… I want to show them! MS 447 students, I would like to invite you to create a postcard that I can give to the Indian students I meet. You can design the front of the postcard in any way you’d like… including a photo, artwork, writing, or any combination of those elements. I would also like you to include a personalized message that will tell the student a little bit about yourself. Please use the guidelines below for inspiration!
Guidelines for Front of Postcard:
❏ Photo, artwork, writing or some combination of those elements
❏ Please use the following questions for inspiration! Your postcard should connect to at least one of these.
❏ What is something that makes Brooklyn unique?
❏ What is something that makes MS 447 unique?
❏ What is something that makes YOU unique?
❏ What is something in the world that you really care about?
❏ What is a message of friendship or goodwill that you would like to send to students in India?
Guidelines for Postcard Message:
❏ Please give your answers to 2-3 of these questions in the text of your postcard.
❏ Feel free to add any other friendly, positive message that you would like.
❏ What is your name?
❏ How old are you?
❏ What 3 words best describe you?
❏ What 3 words best describe MS 447?
❏ What 3 words best describe Brooklyn?
❏ What is your favorite thing about our school?
❏ What kind of work would you like to do when you grow up, and/or what would you like to study?
❏ What is something that makes you happy?
❏ What is a wish you have for the world?
NYC Loves Tap Water!
This campaign seeks to increase New Yorker’s appreciation and understanding of where our drinking water comes from.
Your postcard should address some or all of these points:
❏ Convey a positive message about NYC tap water
❏ Encourage people to appreciate and conserve tap water
❏ Spread awareness about where our water comes from
❏ Spread awareness about how people can support, conserve, and improve our water system
Unique & United
To get involved in this campaign, take a picture of something that represents your unique self. This could be an item from your country, something symbolizing a disability or talent, or any picture that shares something about you. Then, describe how that uniqueness fits into the place you live, and into the bigger global picture. For inspiration, try thinking about a local issue or social problem that your unique talents might help solve!
Some examples are, "I have autism and am good at drawing. I can use my talents to create art to improve the look of my neighborhood." "I live in a unique environment, because the yellow dust that is here has caused me to develop asthma. I want to use my unique experience to find solutions to air pollution"
Your photo and message will become a physical postcard, delivered to students at schools around the world.
Littering is Out of Fashion
Upload a photo and write a message drawing attention to the litter in the streets of our city. We will use your photo and message to create a physical postcard, delivered to the Office of the Mayor to help raise awareness for our project!