Many schools in Pennsylvania and around the country are struggling to provide basic student programs and services. Some do not have the resources they need to provide all students with a quality education, and students are suffering because of this lack of resources. To address this problem, more than 40 organizations throughout Pennsylvania have joined together to form The Campaign for Fair Education Funding. This coalition wants to hear from students across Pennsylvania to find out what resources are missing from schools and what it would mean to have those resources for all of our public school students.
- CURRENT CAMPAIGN
Hear Me's fifth campaign partners with The Campaign for Fair Education Funding to discuss fair funding for Pennsylvania's public schools. This campaign encourages students statewide to share their stories about how school funding impacts their educational experience.
At the end of this campaign, Hear Me and its partners will share students' stories with elected officials, in addition to education advocates, community organizers, and other stakeholders, to bring students' voices and perspectives to these complex discussions in order to create fair school funding policies.
What is a campaign?
A Hear Me campaign is a region-wide collection of stories based on a specific theme and tied to a strategic action plan to raise awareness. The collection period is four months and the stories are shared during the following four months through the Sponsor a Kiosk program and specific campaign plans.
How will the stories be used?
The participating students, Hear Me, and The Campaign for Fair Education Funding will present the gathered recordings to the Basic Education Funding Coalition in Spring 2015.
These stories will help inform the recommendations made by The Campaign for Fair Education Funding regarding funding policies. These stories will also be used to contextualize
the need for a fair funding strategy and will be used to gather support among other elected officials, schools, advocates, organizations, and individuals from across Pennsylvania.
Additionally, all stories from this campaign will be shared on Hear Me's website and collected together in a portfolio.
Stories on the Hear Me website may be shared via social media, embedded on other websites, and visitors with an account may comment on these stories. These stories will be featured in the Sponsor a Kiosk program, encouraging the general public to understand and advocate for a fair funding policy for Pennsylvania's students.
About our Campaign Partner
The Campaign for Fair Education Funding is comprised of more than 40 organizations across Pennsylvania working together for adequate and equitable public school funding. To see a complete list of the organizations, and for more information about The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, click here.
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Hear Me stories are the experiences and ideas of young people. Stories can be shared through a variety of media supported by our website - audio, video, pictures, and writing. Hear Me encourages audio recordings, since this is the only media form compatible with the Sponsor a Kiosk program. The technology used to capture the stories does not have to be complicated; a computer's webcam or phone's audio recorder works! You can also borrow audio recorders and Flip Cams from Hear Me's lending library to record stories.
Who can participate?
How to participate?
What if I don't want my school or organization's name associated with the stories?
What are some example prompts to use?
It's simple. Pick a Story. Pick a Location. Make an Impact. Sponsor a Kiosk Today.
Hear Me has always used interactive displays to share kids' stories with communities and encourage community feedback to share with young people. Hear Me kiosks are the primary output strategy to share stories from this campaign. They were designed to engage the public in a conversation around the topics raised in Hear Me campaigns. Each kiosk has an interactive audio listening device and a place for listeners to respond to the story.
Thanks to all of our kiosks sponsors!
How the Sponsorship Works:
We'll send you a portfolio of stories to choose from based on our current campaign theme. You pick your favorite neighborhood hangout to host the Hear Me Kiosk; it can be a coffee shop, café, bookstore, library or anywhere you want.
From here, you decide your level of commitment. We're happy to set up relationships with business owners, install the display, and collect the community responses. Or, if you already have a relationship with a business, you can pitch the idea yourself.
- YOUR NAME and/or COMPANY NAME on the Hear Me Kiosk
- YOUR NAME and/or COMPANY NAME permanently listed on the Hear Me website
- YOUR COMPANY promoted on social media sites through Hear Me
- YOUR NAME and/or COMPANY NAME will be listed in our monthly Hear Me newsletter
By sharing the experiences of kids, you are becoming part of a larger conversation about the future of our children.
All stories will be shared on our website and collected together in a portfolio. Stories on the Hear Me website may be shared via social media, embedded on other websites, and visitors with an account may comment on the stories.
Stories will also be featured in our Sponsor a Kiosk program, encouraging the general public to consider and advocate for improved school climate.