For my Capstone, I knew right off the bat that I wanted it to be community service based. Community service is something I feel extremely passionate about and it is something I know I will continue doing even after I graduate from high school. Being involved with BuildOn and MANNA was the most significant experience that I've ever had. Familiarizing myself with both community service organizations has helped me discover what I’d like to do for my forthcoming profession, which is nursing. Initially, after learning that BuildOn would not be working with us this year, I wanted to create a community service group/club targeting underclassmen. I wanted the younger students of SLA to have the same experience that I did and hopefully discover themselves and what they would like to do in the future the same way community service did for me. However; another senior had already come up with the same idea for his capstone, so I had to think of another way to involve community service into my capstone. I had a lot of ideas for what I wanted my capstone to be, but my biggest struggle was narrowing it down. After speaking to countless seniors about what they wanted to do with their capstones, I figured it out. My plan was to target a specific issue, and raise awareness for that issue. The issue could be on a global, domestic, or local scale. I chose to target hunger in Philadelphia because Philadelphia has one of the highest ranks of hunger in the US. My final product is a keynote presentation that explains my community service experience as well as information about hunger and non-profit organizations in Philadelphia to get readers to take action.
Coin Drive and PSA posters about hunger in Philadelphia. (In the keynote presentation)
"Christian Gelbolingo Capstone: Annotated Bibliography" or copy and paste "https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/document/d/1oeKtr-Qe4m8UXAdMPFU-GdLXdA4_qdVw0lkcoypCi6Y/edit?usp=sharing" into your address bar
"Christian Gelbolingo Capstone: Process Paper" or copy and paste "https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qMnHRiKdJbYldhk7XupPnH32nkqW7LG1x67JYlY2IyY/edit?usp=sharing" into your address bar