Friday, August 12, 2011

Take Chances

Some advice I would give youth is that you should do what you love and there is always going to be risk you have to take,but you have to keep at it and go for it.Throughout this program we learned from all the visits we had to do what you love and don't let anyone tell you you can't do it, cause if you let someone keep telling you you can't do anything, it's going to be hard to accomplish anything. Just keep your eye on the prize and when you do get where you wanted to be at, you go back to the person that told you you couldn't do it and say that you did do it. It feels good to know that you surprised other people.

MY FUN SUMMER PROGRAM

This summer was a lot of fun because I got to meet new people that I never thought I was going to have talk to my team mates but once I got to talk to them I found out that they were a nice person to hang out with. what I have learned from this six week summer program is never give up on a situation because there are other ways to get around that specific situation. The main reason I said this because there was many times on job I found myself give up on garage band because I thought i was perfect with technolgy. Another thing that I learned from this job is to do what you love and not just do your job for the money because if you do so then when you are ready to go to work, you're not going to be excited to get up with a firm mind to do your work. This summer was every exciting and interesting and I got more out of it then what I thought I was going to get.

-- by Sasha Senorine

My Advice

Throughout the summer everyone we have visited gave us advice. This is my advice to any teenagers... My advice is to live life to the fullest and don't let anyone stop you . If someone says you can't do it, prove them wrong and show them you can. It will feel great to see the look on their face when you do prove them wrong and you will probably have more confidence in yourself. Life is short, make every moment last and do not fuss over the little things, it will only stress you out more.

Advice 2 The Youth

Advice I would give to the youth is just be yourself, follow your goals ,at least to try to accomplish your dreams, and be a leader. Always remember what you do is cool, you should not have to be forced to do anything by anyone that's cool. Inside you are your own character and whatever you do is cool no matter who likes it. Something to take in consideration is that you're young, you should enjoys these years because as the older you get the more complicated life gets. So love, live, life, and don't forget education is important for future references.

Advice To My Peers

So throughout this entire six week program we have been getting advice from everybody we go to visit, whether it has been about career choice, college, or just taking your future seriously. I took all of this advice to heart. The advice that I took the most from is to do something that you will be happy to wake up and do every morning. Especially something that you would like to do for the rest of your life. Some advice I would give to other people is to participate in different programs. I think that everybody should explore all their options, step out of their comfort zone and experiment different things. If it is something you don't like let it go and don't go back to it. If it is something you enjoy do it again, find more programs related to it. Don't let the world pass you by experience the whole world and all the opportunities that you have. Realize that whatever you do should be something you love, so find the best thing out of everything you have explored.

My Final Words ☻

This 6-week program has come to an end. From an unknown beginning to a well-known ending the Turn It Up team has grew and bonded great new friendships. Even though there is a possibility that we may not talk to one another outside of this program , I'm thankful for spending the past 6 weeks with my fellow teammate. Having great boss-ladies (Danica *& Mary Ellen) we have learned many new things. With the new skill that we have learned from them and this program I hope that continue these skill and take them with us. This program has made me realize it never hurts to be different and to ALWAYS be yourself, because people will accept you for you if you believe it or not. We shared laughter, agreements and even had little arguments from time to time , we have learned how to agree to disagree in a respectful manner. If i could do this all over again i would. #I♥MY_TurnItUpTeam.

Don't ever think you cant accomplish anything above and beyond, the sky is the limit. In order for you to achieve it FIRST you must dream it.

Never Give up and Never Give In

Over the past six weeks, we went to many different places and interviewed many different people on all different types of subjects. They all told us the same thing in their own words, "Do what you love". My advice to all the young people is not only to do what you love, but to strive for the best in life. We as young people often give in to the typical statistics too easily and forget that we are the future. There is nothing in this world that we are not capable of and although we are all different people with different personalites, we all should remember that the sky is the limit and to never give up on our dreams. There are going to be trials and tribulations in our lives but that's part of life. These obstacles are not difficult to overcome and when we do overcome them, it makes us so much stronger. Don't become part of the crowd, don't just give up and say you can't because the mind is a powerful thing and when you tell yourself that you can't then you will begin to believe that you can't. In the words of the ReadNex poetry squad "BE DIF'RENT" and in the words of Elissa Davidson and many others, do what you love because if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life.

ADVICE

Sometimes you can get caught up in different situations, but you have to not get yourself caught up in the hype. This is hard not to do because you have to do things to hang out with your friends, like where the same shoes or dress the same way but your true friends would except you for who you are no matter what. Also, stick in school because school is very important; no matter how many times you hear this it is true, very true. When you get into the work force it doesn't matter how much you make, from 10 dollars and hour to 7.50 and hour, but save your money. Yeah, you can spend a little but don't spend that much. It's all about how much you save, not how much you make, as my grandfather would say to me. Also, figure out out what you want do in your life, and make sure it is something you love.

Advice to the kids!

Many kids these days need a word of advice! For one thing kids these days, some may not get those special words like,"you can do it" or maybe a "do the best you can do! So kids don't get that push towards the positive side, which leads to the child going down the wrong path. My word advice is never give up, if you can't achieve what you want to do,still go out and do it. Find a way to achieve it in a different (POSITIVE) way. Don't let anyone tell you, you can't do it! Like Obama "YES WE CAN!" try hard. Don't let anyone stop you or anything, whether its through physical actions or mentally. If someone says your not smart enough to be a doctor, prove them wrong! Other than that: Be strong! Physically and mentally. Never give up!
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Advice 4 Us

I have learned many different thing thoughtout my life and some the best advice that I can give you is not to over think any situation. Overthinking a situation makes it way harder then it needs to be. If you take a second to breathe and calm down it will make your life easier. You know the answer but can't find it if you try to find every possible reason to think that your first guess maybe wrong. Just take a chance and calm down. Then you will see how easy you can solve a problem.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Suffering In Silence

I watched a video piece on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 about a guy name Emery Taylor that was living with AIDs. He explained to everyone that it wasn't as bad as everyone always makes it seem. The unique thing about Emery is that he has lived a very healthy life. He wasn't promiscuous like others may have been, he never did drugs or drank, and he was only with one person. He lived his life like a normal person for over 10 years (even though he had AIDs) because he hasn't gotten really sick. While I was watching the video, Emery said that there were young people that he went to church with when he was a teenager that had HIVs also but they didn't know because they ALL suffered in silence together. This quote was very compelling to me because all these teens had the same illness but couldn't speak about it. They felt like they had no one to talk to about it because they were going to be judged and treated differently. This is one of the causes of the spread of this disease. Everyone is afraid to speak and get judged or treated like a stranger so they don't speak it about it and since they refuse to speak about it, it gets spread to their partner or whoever. No one should feel as if they can not speak about what is going on. People tell them not to talk about it because they think that they're protecting them but they really don't know that they are hurting them. They're adding on to their silent pain and suffering, it's eating these individuals alive to know that they can not inform the world to stop them from going through what they went through. These people are not animals, they are humans who are dealing with an illness that they can not control and its only fair for them to be able to speak out and inform the world and get the same treatment as a person that is not positive. The world can not change if we all stay quiet and let everything stay the way they are.

MR.X The Jerk

Mr.X you need to realize that taxpayer money is paying for stuff that doesn't relate to us as in the ones that can walk. People who are disabled should be able to enjoy the beautiful view just like you can walk over back and forth on the bridge and enjoy it also. It is not fair we are all equal we are all born the same but, yet some people are different sometimes bad stuff happen where you end up in a wheel chair you might jump off a cliff to eight inches of water, and are now bound to a wheelchair. What makes that different then you Mr.x they are the same exactly the same as everyone else. Give the people who are less fortunate then you enjoy what you get to do and that is walk across the bridge just like you.

Elevator on the Hudson

As individuals, of course people in wheelchairs would love to be on the Walkway on the Hudson, so government is considering paying to create an elevator for the people with disabilities. The reason why tax payers would consider helping is probably because they would want everyone to be equal. At the same time Mr.X has a point to this situation. Our economy is in a financial crisis!!! So money should be saved towards the people with no jobs so people can have more efficient lives. At the same time the people can go on the other side of the bridge...but what if they live in Poughkeepsie and don't have a car? Now what? All of this is unfair yet confusing. There is no say in this dispute, its either one way or the other.

A Look Into Others Life's

Big understanding about having disabilities is looking into the life of a person with a disability. When looking into a person's life don't judge a person because he or she his handicapped or is disabled. It is also not good to look down on them and to make them feel bad that they are not healthy like you. You should always look and encourage a disabled person,and let them know they can still be the same person no matter what. In the Turn It Up team web quest we have taken the time to show the percentages of how many people are living with a disability. Now I have watched videos to see how people are living with them and how they are still having a successful life. A video that I have watched that was compelling to me is actually all of them, because it opened my eyes to see how people are getting out there and showing how they feel, and how life is still different but yet the same. The one that touched me the most is the Video "Living with AIDS!" Why this video stood out from the rest is because, it is hard to have a relationship with someone when they know that you have AIDS and its hard to live a life with AIDS. Some people die from it some people suffer but when looking at etay1207 the person who made the video, I see a person who is having a great life and is not all depressed all the time and just down about himself. Living with a disablity is not exactly how anyone thinks, and it is not the end of the world as the video "Living with AIDS" explains. It is living a life normal from everyone else but not normal as the rest.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

"Mr.X' Response

"I don't see why we should have to pay for some guy in a wheelchair when no one else would use it. It's a waste of taxpayer money. Besides, if they're in a wheelchair, maybe they shouldn't be going up over the river, anyway" . I feel that if many disable people were to read or hear this, they would be highly offend. Mr.X, was in the wrong for saying that people that are in wheelchairs really don't have any business on the walkway. That is rude and also untrue, I feel that anybody should be allowed to go on the walkway when they want without being discriminated against. But on the other hand I don't agree that, that much money should be spent on the walkway to make it wheelchair accessible, but i do feel that people in wheelchairs should be able to get on the walkway. From watching videos on people with disabilities i feel that everyone should be treated equal and be able to do with the next person can do.

Rise To Walkway Elevator

"I don't see why we should have to pay for some guy in a wheelchair when no one else would use it.It's a waste of taxpayer money. Besides, if they're in a wheelchair, maybe they shouldn't be going up over the river, anyway"said by Mister X.I think that was an ignorant comment and that you can have an opinion but just find a better way of saying it. I also believe that spending $2.4 million package on elevators and stairs is really expensive and we are in debt as it is.I think that was a good idea but we should find a different way to let disabled people go on the walkway. I also think that there is some cons of having a disabled person that high and it being crowded it wouldn't be that wheelchair accessible even with the elevators; it would make it more difficult for them to even enjoy themselves with without getting stares for people .In my opinion I think they should think this further through because there are more cons than pros.

Senator Saland

The Turn It Up team got the opportunity to go speak with Senator Saland and ask him about his career and other questions regarding his career and life. When we all eagerly walked into his office we were quick to notice the numerous amount of awards and plaques in the front of his office. There was many pictures around the wall of him participating in other youth programs, talking to other people involved in politics and more. Were able to see his office and then went to a conference room prepared for us to all have a discussion with the senator. He informed us that this was a career that he had dreamt about since he was a young child. This was one of the many things that stuck with me even after the interview. A young child interested in politics is rare but the Senator is clearly happy to do his job, and good at it. We also discussed the reactions towards him that came with him passing the new marriage equality bill. We discussed how he felt about the numerous amounts of negative reactions he received. He told us that he was not affected by all the hate mail and that it is expected. He also explained to us that his initial decision was to vote against the marriage equality bill, but he had a change of mind and decided to do what he thought was fair and appropriate. Saland also discussed with us less serious topics such as his view on the new school uniform policy in the Poughkeepsie school district. After talking to him we all realized that Senator Saland is a normal person doing his job. We very much appreciate the fact that he took the time out of his day to talk to us. It was one of many eye opening experiences with the Turn It Up team.

AWESOME WHEELCHAIR PERFORMANCE

The link I choose was the wheelchair dancing team. This was convincing because it proved that able bodied people and disabled people can be the same. I found it convincing cause they were very fun to watch. What I also found convincing was that it's not once in the blue moon you find a wheelchair dancing team. I loved this fact about the girls going out their way to practice this because I doubt that it's easy. I like that they proved that able bodied people are not the only ones who can dance to hip hop. In conclusion this was a nice experience and I enjoyed it.

MY OPINOIN

I think who are disabled should be able to that people go over the walk bridge because it is a public park. People like Mr. X sound very ignorant when they say things like"besides if they are in a wheel chair maybe they shouldn't go up over the walk bridge anyway." That is discriminating against people with disabilities.There are so many children and teens who have a disability.How would you feel if some one said they don't think your child should go on the walk bridge because he or she is in a wheelchair? But, I do think that we should not put in the elevators. We are going through a recession and don't have enough money for simple things why put in a 2.4million dollar elevators?People who do have a disability should come over to the Poughkeepsie side of the bridge were there are not any stairs.

Mister X Smart Comment

Mister X wrote a comment that stated" I don't see why we should have to pay for some guy in a wheelchair when no one else will use it. It's a waste of taxpayer money. Beside if they're in a wheelchair, maybe they shouldn't going up over the river anyway."The quote by Mister X is disturbing to me because if a person is disabled they want to have fun like other non disabled people. I agree that taxpayer money should be used to create a walkway for disabled people because it will help them to release more of their problems with their sicknesses instead of being depressed. Poughkeepsie is a beautiful place and it has nice scenery so having the opportunity to walk the Hudson bridge is a great priviledge to have. When Mister X made that statement it made me feel so disappointed because disabled people are very capable of doing like any body else.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Living With AIDS/HIV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A26hcjtxrA This video about AIDS was most compelling because the guy had looked normal.You wouldn't think that he had AIDS and he was saying that's people always have a sop story to tell about AIDS but he said its not that bad. He said that it's not like he was being promiscuous he only slept with one person,didn't do drugs,party or smoked.Also that he not on medication and he barely get sick.He was also told not to tell anybody about it because the torture they would get.I believe that he lives a normal life just like anybody and everybody else and that everybody is entitled to their opinion but you shouldn't judge him until you get to know him

Responds 2 Mister X Quote

Mister X says he doesn't see why he should have to pay for disabled people to get elevators, and that if they can't use the stairs then they have no business going there. Truthfully I think he is wrong for this. How would he feel if he was disabled and he wanted to go on the walkway bridge? There are 51.2 million people who have some level of disability, they represent 18% of the population. Mister X has to look at it in the view of a disabled person. I take this as discrimination, and I'm not disabled. I feel people should treat people with a disability the same as a person who doesn't have one as they stated in section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Waste of Money Package

The Hudson Valley is going to be given 2.4 million dollars and they are now considering spending it on elevators and stairs for the Hudson Walkway Over the Hudson. The money in my own opinion would be wasted. There is many other things that the money could be used for in the Hudson valley. The article states "$2.4 million package that will provide an elevator and stairs on the east end of the walkway over the Hudson". Why would we spend money on elevators and stairs. Especially stairs, since there already is multiple stairs leading up to the walkway. In the east side entrance there is a drive way that is definitely walkway accessible. I feel as if this could go to funding more youth programs or schools or creating more jobs. This will only create a job for people for the duration of the construction. I don't think this would be a smart move. A man named Mr. X states that he doesn't see why he should have to pay for disabled people to use elevators. He says of they can't use stairs then they have no business going there. Mr. X, in my opinion, is discriminating. At the same time I agree with him that peoples tax money should not be spent on elevators. The Walkway is definitely accessible to handicaps on the both sides of the bridge. The money would be a waste. Mr. X is discriminating but does make a valid point when it comes to it being a waste of tax payers money. How do you feel the money should be spent?

Looks Are Deceiving

When you have disabilities you do not have to look the way you feel. There was a saying, do not judge the book by the cover. There was a link on living with HIV/AIDS YOUTUBE.COM. This guys was telling us about his experiences having the virus HIV. He did not even look like he had any virus; he looked normal and he is not even afraid to tell anybody his story. This link is very interesting to me because he expresses his feelings online and tells people about being HIV positive.He said the main reason why he made this video was because he did not want anybody to feel the same way he felt when he first found out that he was HIV positive. He just wants others to understand that they are not in the situation by themselves. There are others out there that have another situation that is worse. People that have AIDS should definitely watch this video because it teaches other how to open up their hearts and tell others their experiences.

10 years and counting....

Emery Taylor, 29, of New Jersey has been living with HIV/AIDS since he was 18. He didn't do drugs, drink alcohol, or go to parties. He was a conservative person that had only 1 partner, he didn't go into much detail on how he contracted the virus but from his a appearance he seems to be living a very healthy life. This proves that looks can be deceiving and hows the healthiest looking person can be sick. Just because someone is ill or has a disease, dosent mean that they have to look like something is wrong with them.

To see for yourself go check Emery's video , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A26hcjtxrA

Living with AIDS/HIV

The quote I got from this video was that he has full born aids/h.i.v and he has been dealing with this for 11 years. He says his life is good, he is a health person he never drinked or smoked in his life. This is shocking to me because I wouldn't think a person like him would catch AIDS. He is so healthy and he has been dealing with 1 partner most of his life. So for a person like him to catch it I was like wow he is only 29 and he still got a life to live. I found it convinicing because now I feel that anybody can catch aids, if a person like him can catch it than this can happen to anyone.

you don't have to look like you have a disability

The video that I thought was most convincing was the video where the guy was talking about living with HIV/AIDS at youtube.com. The guy who was talking looked like he didn't have an illnes. He told us in the beginning of his video that he doesn't have a sad story to tell that he was dealing with AIDS pretty good at time he does get sick but as long as he takes his medicince he is okay.That convinced me that you don't have to look like you have a disability to actually have one.When people don't look like they have a disability society treats them better then if they know someone has have a disability.Thats very unfair to the people who have disabilities.

different treament

Why is it that we get treated better than people with disabilties? I believe that we all should be treated the same way. Disability History in U.S.A. states that 60% of people ages 25 to 64 with a nonsevere disabilty live in married couple families.The corresponding rates are 68 percent for tthose without disabilities and 50 percent for people with severe disabilities. If this was known would people have diffrent thoughts on disabled people? But even if they didin't I don't get the fact that able bodied should get better treatment then the disabled. Disability History in U.S.A. Also states hat 72% percentage of people 80 and older with disabilities,the highest of any age group.I find this very interesting because I wold have thought that disabled people woudn't live that long. Want im tring to say is that we should treat disabled like able boded people.

Pain In Your Dreams

"You dream of how to cut your limbs off that hurt and you cry because its just horrible"
- Fibromyalgia: Part II- What It Feels Like

Out of all the videos and statements this stood out to me the most. Everyone has an escape from their pain fears or problems. This made it clear that the pain of someone with Fibromyalgia can't even escape the pain sometimes when they are unconscious. A pain so severe that makes you wasn't to cut of your limbs is something unimaginable, unfathomable. It is only a pain that can make sense if you experience it. Nobody should have to go through such a horrible pain. I found it interesting how the person speaking in this video said they have had tattoos, piercings, even fights but no pain she has ever had could compare to the pain she expiriences with this disease. This definitely opens my eyes to the true pain of these disabilities. I thinkl that everybody should open their eyes to understand these disabilities.

Did you know?

$22,000 is median earning for people who have a nonserve disability, People who have no disability is $25,000, and people who have a serve disability only get $12,800. This quote is from http://disabilityhistoryinamerica.wetpaint.com/page/Disability+Statistics+In+America. This quote stood out to me because it shows people with disabilities are treated differently involving money to. Regarding disability is society this means that people who are not disable are treated better then people who are disabled. I do not believe this right because not only are we equal I believe money should go to helping out people with disablities so they can life the way everyone whats to live their lives. Happy.

Disability Statictics

72% of people 80 and older with disabilities is the highest of any age group. I can say I strongly agree with this because as I look down the street and I see most of my elders in that age group they have some type of disabililty. Its sad too see people with disabilities because it seems like they are struggling and I feel no one should struggle and they should have something to cure their sickness. I have a grandma that is disabiled and I hate seeing her suffer and I know others feel the same way about there family. For those who discriminate on disabiled people really are immature cause 1 day that could be them and they wouldnt like if that was they family members being picked on like that

Crazy Dances! :D

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When I found out there were Hip Hop dancers in wheel chairs, I was like "Nah that's true?" So I checked out the link and watched the YouTube video. The Dancing were Filled with 360 spins and arm movement. Nothing like actual dances of everyday life but it was different. I liked it.

When I looked through YouTube to see a lot more dances I noticed the comments.. some were nice some were uncalled for some was constructive criticism some was horrible:

"Lol really funny," -Taking the whole thing as a joke. laughing at the dancers.

"What a S#$t"- So rude it had to be censored, when I read that I wondered did they mean the dance or dancer???

"THEY SUCK! The guy cant even dance and he has legs."- So is he saying the whole wheelchair dancing is dumb and that people with legs should be more dominant as a general statement?

So in general the ignorance of people is very inappropriate. One girl made a description on how she sadly got her foot caught in a railroad track when she was 9. A random person than rudely questioned her. Some might say," hey they are treating her like an average person." but that was towards the ...hey imma joke around and make fun of her tragic life changing accident. Meaning the person is making fun of her whole life changing accident through sarcastic comments.

My final thought... "Treat people they way you wanna be treated!!!! Also after reading the quotes just remember to think before you say.
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being disabled

Did you know that disabilitiesare more common in female than in males? Disabilities are not easy to handle because other people discriminate against disabled people. The percentage of females with a disability is higher than the percentage of males. On the other hand, among children under 15, boys were more likely than girls to have a disability( 11 percent versus 6 percent). source: wetpaint.com. I think this quote is significant because it does not matter whether or not female are more likely to be disable than males. Both genders have to deal with the same diffuculties and the same discrimination. I think society looks at other disabled people as being worthless and they do not have many future to look for because they are disabled. But if society will just stop for a moment and think that they are all human beings just like us. Then the world will see that disabled people can do the same thing like a nondisabled people, but in a different way.

Prejudice

Mister X says he doesn't see why he should have to pay for disabled people to get elevator, and if they can't use the stairs then they have no business going there"

Mister X statement about how we shouldn't care about improving certain areas where disabled people cannot get too is a disgraceful comment. 51.3 million people have some level of disability this represents 18 percent of the population. With 18 percent of the population having some type of disability and this number steadily increase each year. It would be smart to spend the money for this problem know then later when it would be more important to already have this upgrades. Think about what is you family is disabled, would you want to take you paralyzed grandmother with you on the walkway to see a beautiful view of the river. Let your son with quadriplegia get some fresh air, even while paralyze every one has eyes that want to see the wonders of the world. Being disable does mean that they change they just live diffrently.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Disability inequality

Some people in the the world, don't have the same advantages as others. What I am leading to is Disabilities, a big situation in our local communities even around the world. Did you know! That 51.2 milliion or more people in the world have a level of disabilties, that's like 18% of the world!!!

In the 1960's they passed many laws one of them the, Individuals with disabilities act (IDA) . The IDA guides how states, school districts etc.. give special education. So Disabilities aren't only physical but there can be mental disabilities also.
There has been news that they people with wheel chairs would like to go on the walkway.. but the problem is they can't use stairs. Now they would consider getting an elevator for them, but that costs a lot of money!!

That's where ignorant comments come in saying things that are unfair to the disable. Saying they shouldn't get elevators and saying we should'nt waste money on these people.
These people are human! So why can't you just treat them the way you want to be treated. What if you were in their position?

Ignorance vs Facts

Why do people always feel as if someone that doesn't look like them, shouldn't get the same treatment? According to the ideals of our country, we're do not treat people different. It didn't treat one group better than the other or gave more rights to a different race, gender, ethnic group etc. So why do we? What made it okay for society to belittle the people that are different? Mister X stated that if disable people can't walk on the bridge then that means they should be there, now ladies and gentlemen, is that right? Disability history in america.com stated that 51.2 million people have some level of disability. These people represent 18% of the population. I believe this is important because that is a big percentage. Many of the disabled people are just like us and do many of the works that we do so they shouldn't be deprived of the rights that we all have. We all have family memebers that are disabled in some type of manner, so is this how we would treat them? No we wouldn't, we would be sympathic and do whatever we could to make them feel comfortable, so then why treat a stranger that way? I believe that this percentage seems to grow more and more each year. It's about time we put down our ignorance and start being more understanding and compromising because if we took a step into their shoes, we would've wanted the SAME TREATMENT OF EQUALITY that they are begging for.

Disablility

"Only 11% of parents of adult children with disabilities report their child is employed full time" and this quote is from easterseals.com .I feel that more adult children should be more employed because the prices to help the disabled is very expensive and it hard for the parents to support them. I feel that there isnt enough support for disabled people and there should be foundation that will help people because it's hard to just support yourself now and also having to support their child.

Disabled NOT Dumb

Education is something that truly is vital in today's society and economy. Without it you won't have much of a living in life. I found that not only able-body people but the disabled are successful as well. On DisabilityHistoryinAmerica.wetpaint.com, I found facts and statistics that help prove my idea true. The percentage(33%) of people ages 25 to 64 who had a non severe disability and were college graduates. This compares with 43percent with no disability and 22 percent with a severe disability. This proves that even though there is a situation or disability, people of various back rounds strive to do better regardless of what people opinions are. Just because someone is disabled never under-estimate their abilities to be smart or to do anything. "Never judge a book by it's cover", is the old saying meaning , don't ever think you better than anyone or any situation enough to prejudge them, because what you may think your better than you may be proven wrong.





Success has no limit, expectations or appearance.









A SHOCKER

In this world today there are many people who are among us who have a disability from the young to the old. In disabiltyhistoryinamerica.wetpaint.com , they open the eyes to everyone who reads there page about how many people in America have disabilities. 51.2 million people have a disability in America, that is eighteen percent of the nation's population. The fact that's on the page is how many kids have disabilities. There are 1.8 million people fifteen years or older who have said that they couldn't see, which is a great number of young people who have disabilities. There was one more fact right under it and that was that a million of our nation's youth could not hear, that's even great number of youths who have disability.That's a lot of people who need many kinds of special things put in for them like in restaurants. The government needs to help get put in because I'm pretty sure if the president was a disabled person there would be special treatment for him, because he is the president doesn't mean we should treat him any better than we treat somebody else who has disabilities. Many politicians are against helping the disabled people out because they want to keep their pockets fat, and even the people who pay tax people say that they don't want to pay for someone else, but they don't think of the help they need. The people who are against paying tax dollars for disabled people also don't think of what if I become disabled wouldn't I like someone to help me because I sure would. I would want someone to help me like I would help somebody else. People who are disabled should make a stand, and fight for their rights that every American has.

Disability Statistics

"Only 11% of parents of adult children with disabilities report their child is employed full time"
- Easter Seals Disability Service

Why is it that only 11% percents of disable people or employed full time? Doesn't the Americans With Disabilities Act protect the civil rights of people with disabilities including employment? It is common for people to assume that a certain job can not be done because the potential employee would be disabled. It is against the law and morally wrong for an employer to decline someone a job strictly because of their disability. 51.2 million people are disabled. That makes up 18% percent of our population. This quote is so important because it will open peoples eyes to the struggles and discrimination that disabled people face everyday. The people who are not disabled will never understand the struggles that people go through, but statistics, facts, stories, and videos will give the closest uinderstanding to the struggles they will go through. It seems as if no matter how much we speak of it, equality does not exist in our society.

Disablities affect every one

While I was doing the webquest I went to Wetpaint(Disabilities statistics in America) and I seen a stat that really jumped out to me. The statistic was 11% of children 6-14 (4million children) have a disablilty. That jumped out to me because it made me think of how many kids will not have a easy childhood. This stat also made me think of my own family. I have 5 brothers and out of those 5 brothers 3 of them have disabilities. My youngest brother A.J. that is 3 is on the autistic spectrum, my brother Trevor who is 6 is in the autisic spectrum and has ADD and ADHD, and my oldest brother Louis is 18 is all of the above and he is going to be an adult child he will not be able to go to college, live by himself, or even get a regular job. Being that 3 of my brothers have disabilities society helps my family out because that means they all get to go to school and get the educational help that the need. Society doesn't help my family because I notice that when we are going out to hang out in the mall or something people often stare or make fun of my brothers Trevor and Louis because they have disablilties and it shows when they talk or the way the act. I wish that society will change and not look at them as weird or un-normal ,but as kids that have feelings too.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Webquest Time!

Click here, brave adventurers, if you dare!

P.S: you totally dare.


P.P.S: If you have trouble with the hyperlink, try copying and pasting this URL into a new browser window:
http://questgarden.com/128/50/7/110701161320/

Thursday, July 21, 2011

ReadNex- Be Dif'rent

July 19th we, the Turn It Up team, went to visit the Hip-Hop Poetry group, and they gave us advice on different thing. But the one that spoke out to me was "It doesn't matter who you be, just be who you be. Be Dif'rent." I feel that this totally relates to me. I feel this way because I love being myself and I love being different now. When I first moved back to Poughkeepsie, I felt that I had to do certain things to fit in and to keep certain friends. Now I know otherwise, being different makes me my own person. Being different teaches me how to stand up for what I feel is right and to always be an individual. Because what other may think thats different in you they may find it interesting while others think differently.


"When we lose the right to

BE DIFFERNT

We lose the lose the privilege to be

FREE"

-Nelson Mandela

Translating the Heart

Hey Turn it Up! Crew--
I love reading your reflections on the ReadNex. Your wisdom and honesty is so refreshing. When I first saw the video for the ReadNex song "Be Dif'rent," I was deeply moved. I feel like my own journey through high school (and really my whole journey beyond that) has been about discovering who I am and learning to be at ease just being myself. We live in a culture that seems to value conformity, but the reality is that no one is the same as anyone else. When we shut parts of ourselves down because we think they aren't acceptable, we lose touch with the real gift of our being: our utter uniqueness. I think Latin Translator's talked about poetry as "Translating the Heart." To me, this is one of the juiciest, best parts of being a human being: the ability to take what's in our special, unique heart and put it out there to share with other people, so they can learn and grow and be changed by it. You are all doing exactly that with the radio show and the blog. Keep it up.




When Turn It Up Team visited the Readnex Poetry Squad, We found that they had great personalities and a sense of humor. They Started off the interview with jokes so that we felt less tense when meeting them. They had many pearls of wisdom to share with us about following your dreams. Here are some of Turn It Up Teams Impressions on the Readnex.

Alexis:
"Meeting the Readnex was amazing, as individuals they are great and altogether they are even better."

Syeda:
" What inspired me from The Readnex was " I be me, you be you, we different. And their freestyle was really cool."

Kiana:
" My impression was that it was good. What I liked most was they were down to earth, and said to do what you believe in and let nobody tell you, that you cannot."

Eddie : My impression is everything was natural and that they changed me and now I'm going to do what I love and make Music!!"

Kai:
" I thought that the group seemed natural and that worked for them and it just seemed like having fun. The lesson they portray often " To BE Different" is strong and something that everyone could learn, the earlier the better."

Delswan:
" The advice I learned was that to always be yourself. You don't have to impress anybody else be different. Do whatever you like to do, do it."

Brittany:
" they were friendly and welcoming. Normally you'd expect people like them to be rude but they weren't. The Interaction between them and everyone just flowed and I loved it."

Elissa:
" The people from the Readnex Poetry Squad were amazing. They were so friendly. They love what they do and want to keep doing it."

Khary:

" What inspired me about Readnex was that they did what they did because they loved it."

Sasha:

My impression on they Readnex is that they motivate others to become whatever they want, Also never give up on Dreams because your dreams will give up on you.

Alex:

A lasting impression that I got from the Readnex is that they are always having fun and joking around saying that its not a job put a passion.

The Insprational Read Nex Visit!!!!!

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This week we visited the Read Nex! As we walked in they were at a table eating and I found it nice how they gave us their time to talk to us. My thoughts are that they are seriously cool and funny. The Read Nex gave us a lot of inspirational words and tips. But what I found most fascinating as how they share experiences and help out each other and have fun together while taking care of their careers serious.
->They told us to never give up.
That popsout to me because ive been through hard times and situations where i wanted to stop. Just get up and avoid it.

->That we shouldn't make anything stop us from doing what we dream.
This pops out to me because i've been told when I run I suck,Because in some races im not first even though I am the fastest female on the team. But that doesent mean im the fastest one in the world. As an indicidual I knew I was talented I kept going because those words came out of ignorance.

->Also to be ourselves and Be dffr'nt.
That also can be a comparison to me. I am the type of person that hangs out with many types of groups of people. One day I would be with team mates and than the next hour or two I'm sitting at my normal everyday lunch table with completely different people. But all in the same days through out my life. I never changed. I kept my great personality. I was me.

LIFE IS A SERIES OF MOMENTS

Tuesday July 19,2011

The turn it up team went to see the ReadNex Poetry Squad at the WhereHouse in Newberg.The members of the ReadNex Poetry Squad gave us alot of advice. The piece of advice that really stood out to me was when Latin Translater said that "Life is a series of moments". When he said that it made me think of life as a camera and that we should capture all the fun times in our lives so that we can remember all the fun we had with our friends and family. That things in life just don't happen. Different things happen each day, and as we go through life we will go through different situations, but as we come to those different situations, we need to enjoy them no matter how weird it is or how much we don't want to be there . That we should make the most of those moments becauss life would be boring with out them!!!!

The poetry that is going to be READNEX

On Wednesday, June 20, 2011, we went to see ReadNex (which is a really amazing poetry group) and spoke to them about their video *Be Dif 'Rent* and about how they came to be the group that they are. When I had met them some months ago at the S.W.A.G event, they were in a rush so I didn't get to speak to them and hear their insight on life and other topics. The members of the group: Decora, Free flowing, DJ H20, Jarabe de Sol and Latin Translator were very easy to talk to, and kept making us all laugh, which resulted in us becoming really comfortable. When I spoke to Decora and asked him on what advice he'd give an amature poet like me who is afraid to pursue poetry as a career and he said, "Don't care about what society see as success". This statement gave me a sense of inspiration to continue on with doing what I love, which is writting poetry as well. Before he gave me this inspirational statement, I was unsure of whether or not I could actually get some where with my poetry. I wanted to be a doctor because that's where the money is, but now I just really want to do what I love and make a difference while doing it. Before we left, they gave a short performance that gave us a tease of the work they do. At first they were nervous about doing a short performance but then Manny (a good friend of their's who met Decora in a garden one day and said that he kept going back to the garden because it gives him a sense of tranquility) asked them to perform for us. When we had asked them to perform, they refused, not because they were being rude but because it was hot and they had just came back from rehearsing so they were tired. Their performance was fabulous, and the feeling of being able to hear them in action (again) was great. I really enjoyed myself and I would love to see them perform live one day.

Reflective Post on ReadNex Poetry Squad

I have to say that the ReadNex were on of the most down to earth people I have ever met. They were very insightful and made a point of being different and doing what made you happy. Its easy to see that what they are doing is something that makes them happy and is something that will be successful for them whether they become rich or not. The group made a statement about how doing something that you are going to be happy with is more important then a well payed boring job. They said if your doing something you happy with it is no longer a job. I want that for myself. If I could have a job where I get to do something I love it has made me successful. It is something that I think most people will never have, but is something that I will strive for until I succeed. I would take doing something I'm going to have fun with and get paid for rather then a job that pays me handsomely but I am unhappy. Happiness is the most important thing to me. I would rather be happy then rich any day.

Words That Changed My Life

On July nineteenth two thousand eleven the turn it up team and I went to the Where House and we saw four amazing people there was a fifth,but he wasn't there which was I was a little disappointed because I wanted to hear every ones word. With the four we had great influential words which actually changed me. When listening to the four people that where there which was FreeFlowin, Latin Translator,Dj H2O, and De Cora which means from the heart in spanish. When listening to De Cora and Latin Translator speak they told us to do what we love and not only for the money. That stuck by me because I was going to grow up and doing something that I don't love and wake up saying, "Man, why am I doing this job?" That job I was going to do was becoming a engineer which was something I wasn't going to love to do. The job I want now is what I love which is music, making music and producing music. This is from listening to De Cora and Latin Translator, they gave me good advice which I thank both of them for.

A Day With Readnex

On Tueday, July 19 2011 the Turn It up team went to the Readnex rehersal in Newburg to interview the team on what inspire them to be a singer or rapper. Their names are Decora, Free Flowing, DJ H2O, Jarabe de Sol and Latin Translator. It was very interesting to me the way they articulate themselves and reach out to others on what a dream is. The way they express dreams is that dream is a thing that you have to believe in, and if you do not believe in your dreams then your dreams will give up on you. When they say that to me, it creates a feeling that I must not give up on my dream even though it may seem a little bit rocky and trials may come my way. You just have to overcome obstacles. Learning that makes me figure out who I am as a person, and what I need to do in order for me to accomplish my goals and my future endeavours. My goals are becoming a pediatrician and to graduate high school, college and Medical school. The trials that I may confront is study because sometimes when I am studying I will feel like, "What am I a doing? Can I just be tested on what I think and feel about the world instead of being tested on things that The Board Of Education thinks are important?" So therefore when Iam studying I need to say to my self inorder for me to pursue my dreams, "I need to do what I have to do any pay full attention to my assignment." Thank You to the Readnex for their time and I appreciate every moment of it.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Turn It Up Anthem



Dear Turn It Up team,

Impressive work so far, all of you. It's time for taking it to the next level -- congratulations on this achievement!

I threw together a slideshow in iMovie so we could post our anthem to our blog. It's an example of how to include visuals that perk up the listening experience without overpowering the audio. We will need some volunteers on our crew to take on the project of posting audio to the blog.

If you'd like to learn iMovie and re-do this in your own style, or make a visual accompaniment for your own audio pieces (and we hope you do!), talk to me and/or Danica!

Cheers,
Mary Ellen

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Turn It Up! Theme Song Lyrics

(Delswan).......
For more information you should come in tune with us.
91.3 you know we turn it up.
Thursdays from four to five
broadcasting from Vassar live.
Check us out and I bet you, you be suprised.
We educated intellegent individuals.
c.m.p, m.s.l
We talk to the youth and send a message around.
We can talk about your problems you understand we give a helping hand.
We can relate the community just aint safe.
From people dropping school and teens getting pregnant too.
They think about the money but they dreams aint coming true.
Fancy cars, fancy living, money long you can spend it.
They thought they had it, times is tragic.
Eddie tell them what we is man we a
(Eddie)........
In In In indepent radio broadcasting from Vassar College
We got to turn it up t-t-t-turn it up huh. (repeat)
We got to turn it up and talk to the youth
we never judge nobody until we look into their shoes.
We care about the community and the people to,
we give the facts and you know thats something true.
We got to turn it up t-t-t- turn it up huh. You got to turn it up t-t-t- turn it up huh.
On Tuesday, July 13, 2011, we went to the Family Partnership to learn more about the different services such as, Outreach:The Lunchbox, R.E.A.L. Skills, and Family Services. We were able to speak to different social workers and get more information about what they do and why they do it. We spoke to Mr. Tre Davis who is the head of the Family Partnership and told us some information about how it got started and why he decided to be apart of this life-changing business.

This is the amazing building, The Family Partnership, where hopes are restored and lives are changed.




These beautiful ladies also take part in R.E.A.L skills (Relationship Empowerment Affirmation Leadership).


It was very fun to interview my brother (Derron Bishop), who is also in R.E.A.L Skills, and hear him speak about the effect that Family Partnership has had on him.



























Rewriting the Drama Script

On Tuesday, July 12,2011 the Turn It Up team started a drama piece with Ms Joan, our drama teacher. The script was about our exprience based on Dia: Beacon and EID photography field trip. Ms Joan give us script based on our experience so we came as a team an decided that we needed to rewrite the script with the same concept in mind. Rewriting the script with Elissa was a fun experience because it made me learn to organize a script and also that it teaches me how to think about creating the script so that it captured the audience's attention. What I learned from this experiences is that when you are doing something make sure you are paying full attention to what you are doing and you can finish your assignment on time when you never think it could happen. Hearing this script read by my fellow team mates was I good experience because at first I taught it was going to be a little bit messy but with assistance from Ms Joan it came out better than taught. Thank You, Ms Joan.

Drama With Ms.Joan

July 5th, 2011, the first day of work, we began drama exercises with one of our leaders, Ms.Joan. With the exercises that we practice we become more acquainted with one another. Breaking down the walls of our shy behavior to new people the exercises created laughter which led to new found-friendship. The activity that we did that I found that was fun and interesting, was the one that we did where we chose and action that we felt that described our name. The action that I chose was a samurai bow; I decided this action because to me it expressed respect and honor both of which that I feel describes me. Others choose various things from a swaying of the hips, a gentleman's bow, a jump, and jazz fingers. Starting from the very first person we had to recite those who went before us action and name, as an individual and then as a group in unison. Practicing the drama exercises with Ms.Joan taught us how to work together and more efficient, to communicate, and to enable us to be open to new things.









"taking notes about interpretive technigues

and script development with Ms.Joan."

Poughkeepsie Journal Reflective post

During the duration day we spent time in a meeting room with Stuart Shinske and co-workers while they explain what pieces they would put in the next days papers. They later informed us on a variety of things involving how they choose certain pieces and the way that they feel while writing. It was a great experience to listen what they had to say .

Recording Reflection

Yesterday on Wednesday July 13,2011 when Eddie and I worked on the theme song for Mill Street Lofts/ Childrens Media Project radio show Turn It Up, I felt proud of myself. I kept saying to myself I can't do this because I had trouble with the first beat I made. But yesterday as Eddie and I stayed 4 hours after work and worked our hardest for the theme song to be as good as possible, this was a good experience for me. I will never tell myself I can't do when I know I can. In order for you to do something right you have to make time available and keeping practising and that's what I learned yesterday. Things are not going to come out how you want it, you have to practice and practice over and over again.

In the studio at Childerns Media Project I thought it was going to be not as good as I thought because they didn't have the equipment I use when I go to the studio. But that all changed my mind when I went in the room.They had a mixer for audio, a mic, and many effects of the program Garageband. I worked with Garageband a couple times so I have experience. The studio was in a small room, it was good enough for me. The speakers have good quality, I heard every mistake that happened while recording the theme song. The mic was surrounded by two filters to help fix up the audio so it wouldn't sound too loud. This was a good experience for me. It took time and patience but I got throught it. Thanks to Eddie to we stayed extra hours, but it was worth it because I like the theme song and so do my fellow friends.

partnership interviews

On July 13,2011 the TURN IT UP! crew went to the Family partnership Center 29 North Hamilton st. At first we interviewed Tree the leader of ,R.E.A.L. Skills, DEAL,and Wizards of Poughkeepsie. These three programs were youth from grades first and up. This was a great conversation he explained how the programs started and how this year how DEAL is such a huge hit that they have 90 kids and that he feels bad to turn other kids away. After that we interviewed two college student Quamisha Desroches and Arrielle McClean they are the ones who runs the R.E.A.L. Skills program. They say that the program started when they were little and when they got older they started runing it. Quamisha also states advice to the TURN IT UP crew saying that if we have a dream don't stop heading for that dream keep on with it. Arrielle gave advice to the team about students going in to the high school. She says just do your work and pay attention. Lastly we had went to family service and meant Jessica velazquez and Cherrell laster they are the ones who are apart of family services they say they people come in ever day some come with their heads hanged low and other come with kids to put up for adobotion.the information they gave two teen moms was don't listen to sicoety and don't give up on going with your child and feel good about it. visiting the partnership gave me a whole new background and i would love to go back.

WVKR 91.3 Turn It Up Radio!!!!!!!!!!

July seventh, two thousand and eleven was the day of reckoning for me, because being on a radio show is something that many people can't say they have done in their life, but me? I can say that I have done it. My co-broadcasters Brittney, Khary, Elissa and I took the airways and we took it by storm with our thinking on our feet answers, and our funny personalities. First sitting in the lobby outside the studio was SO much torture especially with Mary Ellen my employer saying 3:49 then going on to saying 3:50 every minute, which made me and my co-broadcasters very nervous, but it made us filled with giggles. When going into the the actual studio we had to set up and get ready. When we were actually on air I had to be the first one to speak about TURN IT UP RADIO. Once I was done my butterflies just flew away and from there it was smooth sailing. Once the first PSA /commercial thing came on Mary Ellen had clapped for all of us on our great speaking, and how we didn't mess up or anything like that. The most funniest part about being on the radio show, is where Mary Ellen actually read my part and everyone was looking at each other and pointing at me saying that it was my part. Being on this radio show helped me to overcome my fear, and I actually love it now and wish to go back on every show but sadly I can't, but all in all it was a fun experience.

Dia Beacon Trip
















July 8,2011 the Turn It Up! crew went to an amazing art museum, Dia Beacon! The museum was filled with art you probably never saw before, and believe it or not, it used to be a Box factory!!! As the Turn It Up! crew walked towards the entrance we noticed beautiful land work made from long ago. As soon as we entered the museum we were unaware of the strict rules that didn't permit us to photograph the art exhibits. Our tour guide was a man named Peter, who educated us on all the art and gave us a tip on creativity: no fear on judgement. And surprisingly he was an artist himself. There was a variation of art we saw! Big art, Small art, Curvy and even art made of car scrap pieces, well and two or three strings? What brought out the true beauty of the art was the sky lights! The lighting was all natural if you looked up there would be big windows where sunlight beams out, the were no light bulbs anywhere. This experience was amazing and me as an individual I will never ever forget it!








Poughkeepsie Journal Site Visit

On Tuesday, July 12th 2011, the Turn It Up team visited the Poughkeepsie Journal and talked with Stuart Shinske, an executive editor, who discussed a typical day of work for the employees of the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Dia:Beacon...WORK AS ACTION

These are some of the materials that let you become art from the Franz Erhard Walter gallery

This is the the the Franz Erhard Walter gallery at Dia: Beacon

Friday, July 8,2011 the TURN IT UP TEAM went to Dia:Beacon art gallery. We saw many wonderful peices of art, but the one that stuck out the most was by Franz Erhard Walther.With Walther's peice we didn't look at the art,WE WERE THE ART!!!!!!! When the TURN IT UP TEAM went into the room the walls were white with pictures of how people became the art. The floor was wood ,but in the middle of the floor it was a huge blue carpet.On the bottom of the walls there were ledges with the material that you would used to become the art.Six people from the TURN IT UP TEAM took their shoes off and became art. We used the piece With Direction(Six). While we were in it we decieded to move around . We tried rolling over , walking, and then finally jumping. When we tried jumping we ended up falling over.It was so funny everyone started laughing.

Turn It Up! Radio Theme Song

On Wednesday July 13,2011, the theme song was created by Eddie and I. I made the beat from a m-audio keyboard, Eddie recorded the guitar note with an electric guitar. We used a Garageband studio software to record the beat and the lyrics which were written by me with help from my fellow friend Eddie. The theme song is for Mill streets lofts radio show Turn It Up! On WVKR 91.3 today on July 14,2011 at 4:00pm until 5:00pm.

Turn It Up! Reflections

The Project ABLE and Radio Uprising collaboration of Turn It Up! Radio is a program that I feel lucky to be involved in. The media skills that I have learned over the first week and a half are things that even an adult may have never learned. Some of the tasks are challenging only if you are not confident or comfortable with speaking in front of your peers or acting. I think the biggest challenge of this job is getting past your fear. The exercises that we all do to help develop our speaking skills are interesting and help us learn how to think on our feet. I definitely enjoy this job and think that it is a great opportunity whether it is a paying job or a community project.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Turn It Up recording team discussing the best ways how to record the meeting

The Turn It Up team was getting ready to interview the Executive Editor Stuart Shinske.

Inside the Poughkeepsie Journal yesterday we found this plaque fascinating so we decided to take a picture of it.

Beginning of the Poughkeepsie Journal because of the printing press.
Different personalities come together as a whole to create a beautiful picture.

yesterday we took a visit to the Poughkeepsie journal and here the sign.
From are team work we couldn't get up.
we started off the day yesterday with a activity that teaches us how to work together.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011



I drew this picture because my pairs and I was coming up with agree and disagree statement and Ichose this statement, some people are born good and somepeople are born bad. I agree because every person are created equally and born with equal priviledge. Some people just chose other ways of living their lives so therefore nobody is good or bad it is just that people think about their live in many different ways.


Listen to understad, Speak without judgement is a statement that I came up with. It expressed my opinion that I would defend a person freddom of speech even if I dont agree with them. The reason I say listen to understand is to help people realize that it is important to understand someone elses opinion before you decide wither you agree or disagree. Speaking without judgement is my way of saying express your opinioon without insulting the other persons opinion. This is a guide line that I follow totalk to people about their opinion without making them deffensive.

the zip zap zop

zip zap zop is a very fun games it to interact with your pairs. I personally thought that the zip zap zop was very fast and it also assist me with how to be more fluent when I am doing a specific thing. I learned how to accept that you are not winner all the time and also not to hesitate. I have change the ways i think about life and how it is appears as a whole. Life seems to be less depressing when you have a little fun and express you are as a person.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

EID Photo Studio Site Visit


On Wednesday, July 7th 2011, the TURN IT UP team visited the photography studio of Elissa Davidson. Elissa welcomed us into her studio, which she built into a converted and refurbished garage. Though many of us didn't know quite what to expect, we all had fun and learned a lot from this warm, funny, talented photographer.


Elissa stands in front of one of her Macs and explains how digital technology has changed photography









Elissa directs our attention to her work on the walls. We were all very impressed!

We learned many things from Elissa. Above all, she advised young people to find things that they're passionate about, and to try and keep doing them with heart and soul.

Alexis is so excited to learn more about the life of a photographer!



Swany and Eddie giving close attention to what Elissa's saying



The TURN IT UP team had many different reactions to and impressions of EID Studios. Here's what we had to say:

The main thing I like about Elissa Davidson is that she is very determined and she assist her self by building her confidence. One more thing I like about her is the passion and determination that she have about art and portraits.

Elissa Davidson was very inspiring to me. To be a single isn’t a very easy task to do now a days and successfully she has and accomplished this task and running her own business she’s self motivated with an amazing personality, that’s what I like about her.

The thing I liked about Elissa Davidson was that she showed us her wedding albums and they were really cool and even thought the covers are expensive they were still assume to look at.

The thing I liked most was that she was so passionate in what she did and would try to make time with her family, even thought sometimes she couldn’t.

What grasped my attention about Elissa Davidson is how dedicated she was for her work, and how she balanced her time between her family and work.

When we visit Elissa Davidson today the thing that I notice most about her confidence she seemed like has really high self confidence and loves what she does.

One thing that inspired me was the way Elissa equally balanced the passion for her job and her love for her family.

The thing I like best was how passionate she seemed and that she said “she loves doing this getting paid is a bonus”.

Elissa Davidson was a funny person who enjoys her job and her career.

The thing I like the most about Elissa was that she was committed to her family and her job and it made her happy at the same time.

Elissa studio was even better than I thought. It was very nice since the walls were covered with great wedding photos.



Thanks to Sasha for typing it all up!