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Palm Coast Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 2 years ago

Project VOICES set to launch TED-Talk inspired club at Flagler Palm Coast High School

The Community Problem Solvers team of six 10thgraders was scheduled to hold its first meeting on Jan. 17 and hopes to meet every Wednesday.
by: Paige Wilson Community Editor

A six-person Community Problem Solvers team at Flagler Palm Coast High School is working to give students a voice to express and embrace cultural ideas. 

Project VOICES stands for Visualizing Opportunities In Cultural Empowerment for Students. The team is made up of 10th-graders Ele Barnaby, Ellie Wolcott, Carlos Dezza, Daniel Lujo, Hughes Le and Jacob Lebron. 

“We noticed an absence of cultural expression at our own school, and so we were trying to think of ways we could bring out the cultural diversity in our school because there is so much,” Wolcott said. 

To test the waters, Project VOICES had a trial run in their own CmPS class where students shared their ideas about the project. 

“We all gravitated towards culture and expression of culture for students,” Barnaby said about her teammates’ like-minded goals. 

The group also registered the club with TED-Ed and is excited to utilize the teachings and ideas that the TED website provides to generate student success. 

“We can teach the students these lesson plans about public speaking so they can make their own TED Talks, and we’re going to give them a platform to share that,” Lujo said. 

Lujo said TED Talks will give students the chance to speak their minds through different forms, like visuals, presentations, poems and more. 

“It’s so flexible that you can do all these unique things with it and really get your point across,” he said. 

The club’s first meeting was scheduled to be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, and the club plans to meet every Wednesday. 

FPC’s TV Production Club has partnered with Project VOICES to record talks and help them get off the ground. The team has also posted fliers around campus and created a Twitter account to reach students in search of a creative outlet. 

“Even if we just help one person get it out and share what they’re feeling, I think that would mean the world,” Wolcott said. “I think a lot more people can benefit from this. By giving them this platform, it could really impact some people and free their voices.”

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