Why is SMART successful amongst our members?
The first reason for smart to be successful is because it is a youth led program. The participants in our monthly meetings are our friends. We go throw what they go too. These have created a bond to approaches us and tell us what have happened to them. They are not talking to an adult who don’t feel what they are going throw this have made them engaged to SMART. The second reason is that no one is telling them what they should do; they make decisions about what issues we must work on and how the working process should take place. This has made each SMART member responsible. It’s a popular education, that is going on SMART, not regular classroom teaching and learning process, we can't teach another person, but we facilitate another's learning and help each other as we learn. The third reason is consistency. Our facilitator and we the youth leaders have been working on these issues on consistence basses. These have clarified the problems and have made us engage to what we are doing. This has made us pro and had made our friends trust us on what we are doing, which have made them come to our meeting every month.
What goals does SMART have for 2012-2013?
For this year we have clarified the problems and we have come up with solutions. We have prepared policy to solve these issues. Next year it is there turn to make sure for these solutions to be implemented. They should go around schools and talk to students to make sure DCPS is implementing the policy. If these are not happening they should go to the public hearing and testify in front of the council members.
What could more money help smart do in 2012-2012?
More money could help SMART to buy equipment like interpretation devices, rent bigger rooms for our monthly meetings. To buy more food for our monthly meeting because we sometimes run out of food, and this affect the participation of our members on our meetings. Money for transportation. Since we attend different meetings. To make more flayers, brochures and spread them out.To buy laptops!