“…building of two new shelters in his neighborhood.”
After learning about the number of homeless people in his neighborhood, Timmy was anxious to solve the problem. With helpful guidance from his teacher, and a high level of support from his parents, Timmy had many thought-provoking conversations with politicians, business owners, and social work and mental health professionals in his area. He learned that the problem was being addressed by these professionals. However, he also learned that there was not enough community awareness and support for this problem. Additionally, he learned that there were too few housing situations that could support the vast number of homeless people in the city. From this information, Timmy devoted his time and energy to raise the money, and community support, to build homes for these individuals and families.
For the final product, Timmy agonized long and hard about how he wanted to present his information to his audience. He wanted to give some sort of speech but felt overwhelmed by the thought of it. However, he felt comfortable at the shelter where he volunteered on Saturdays. Timmy thought the best place to talk about his proposed solution to the problem would be the shelter. To make this happen, he organized a day and time that would allow for most of the industry professionals involved to meet at the shelter during the week. With this done, he prepared a short speech using index cards. He also held on to two documents that he would share with his audience at the appropriate time.
On the day of his speech, Timmy talked only briefly from the make-shift stage at the shelter. He was too excited to read directly from his notes. Nonetheless, he had a good idea of what he wanted to say. Most importantly, he wanted to share the budget report and the legal permission documents that would allow for the building of two new shelters in his neighborhood.