Problem Statement: According to The National Alliance to Help Homeless, there are around 6,000 homeless people in Milwaukee as of 2015. It’s common that they lack proper hygiene supplies or the adequate clothing to get them through the harsh Wisconsin winter. Additionally, people often consider skateboarders as loiterers or vandals, and there’s overall a bad rep for both skaters and homeless, so I decided to tie my project around improving people’s perspective on both.
Thesis Description: In an effort to improve people’s point of view on skateboarders in Milwaukee, I gathered groups of skateboarders to host an events where we went on runs to deliver goods to homeless. This was in the form of care packages of hygiene and warm clothes in the fall and spring, that were collected over the span of a month. I also documented this by taking pictures and collecting data on how many
items we’ve given out. I shared this via social media to encourage a greater turnout. We will also be recording and editing our skate runs to make into a pretty neat video.
Methodology/Actions: I will conduct a pre survey to see what people initially think about Milwaukee’s homeless and skating community, and see how they feel after the event. I tracked the amount of people at the event to see if there’s an increase in popularity, and interviewed people to see how they felt about making a positive impact to our community.
Community Impact: This project will impact how people feel about Milwaukee’s homeless population showing that all people deserve to be hygienic, regardless of their socioeconomic class. It will also change people’s perceptions of skaters by showing that they are not always up to no good, or loitering on private property. Finally, it will address our school’s sustainability theme of Empathy, Gratitude and Hope by skateboarders are positive contributors to society. Overall, I hope this project will help people empathize for the homeless refrain from passing judgement.
Wisconsin’s State of Homelessness Annual Report: http://wiscap.org/wiscap/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/State-of-Homelessness-Annual-Report-2012.pdf
The State of Homeless in America 2015: http://b.3cdn.net/naeh/458837a0513453bec1_56m6zdnl3.pdf