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One of the dangers of modern media is that students may think that the world is a horrible place that is too big to do anything about. Given this, we encourage you to involve your class in one of several outreach activities that will empower them to be agents of change and hope. With your encouragement, they can begin today.
If you only have one period, play the video from the group I Am Syria. Encourage your students to use Social Media to pass it along--also re-posting or re-tweeting information on the dangers of ISIS. Likewise, you can also make them aware of online crowd funding to have alternative birthday celebrations that can raise money for Syrian refugees.
One really successful way of involving your students is having them make presentations for each other or preferably for younger students. Doing so gives them ownership of the issue and an interest in inspiring others. Whether it is creating a short power point or even making a video, one important point is making sure they end by allowing their viewer an opportunity to take action in some way.
As for fundraisers, involve your students in activities like a Sleepover for Syria, Day of Silence, or a Walkathon for Syrian Refugees. You could also show the powerful story of an American student named Jordan Hattar who went to the refugee camps to deliver housing. He created a group your students could support to do the same called help4refugees.org.
Just as importantly, you should encourage them to take the crucial last step of contacting their federal legislators to take action to prevent genocide. Find out who represents them in Congress by clicking here.