If you were given $1 million to combat any problem in the world, what would it be, how would you spend the money, and what would be the final outcome?
Albert Brunn, Age 14
If I was given one million dollars I would bring more troops home. If more troops came home that would bring the economy closer to getting back on its feet. The economy would improve because the government wouldn’t be paying for as many necessities of war anymore. The government could use the money to build combat machines. The combat machines will take the place of the troops. The government will also save money because machines won’t need food and maintenance like humans. On top of that, the government will save even more money because robots don’t need to get paid for service in the military. There will not be a need to supply beds, showers or uniforms. The combat machines will only need oil and electricity to run which saves money compared to paying humans’ salaries. There will be a need for technicians to maintain the robots but they would not be risking their lives. There are also many other ways to spend the money but I feel this is what is best to do with the money.
Zuliana Burnett, Age 15
If I was given one million dollars to fix any problem facing our world, I would use the money to help those who are in need of food , shelter, and water so they can have food and live their healthy lives.
Latoya Massie, Age 16
If I were given $1 million to combat any problem in the world it would be to give $220,000 to lack of oil and rising of gas prices in the U.S.A hoping that prices may go down. I will give another $220,000 to relive the problem of unclean water in the continent of Africa and $340,000 to make my dream a reality and open my own business called ” A creative life is A happy life” and encourage the youth to fulfill there dreams also and keep some of our children off the streets. I would also use the $220,000 to build affordable homes for the homeless because there is no loner any section 8 being given to anyone.
Dasia Carr, Age 14
If I had $1 million I would combat the problem of the recent oil spill issue. I’d pay people to come up with quick and efficient ways to clean up the oil off the surface of the water and a method to help the animals effected. The final outcome would be a lawsuit against BP for environmental recklessness and financial damage.
Vandesha Fulmore-Walker, Age 14
If I were given $1 million to combat any problem in the world it would be obesity. This disease is affecting a lot of people especially African American women. Females as young as 14 have to get a hysterectomy because of their weight and the foods that they eat. My first step to solving this problem is to open up an organic restaurant that sells only fresh foods. My second step would be to open up a cooking school that teaches you how to cook food without using grease and oils. I think that this will have a lot of people involved especially the young adults because I know a lot of people believe if you go on a diet you would loose weight and it would make a difference but diet’s don’t work. This definitely would and it could possibly change the world.
Jordan Ratley, Age 14
If I were given 1 million dollars, I wouldn’t mind giving it to Africa for the AIDS program. In Africa the AIDS is spreading like wildfire and its sad to see how many people die per year due to HIV/AIDS. I don’t think 1 million is enough but rather that than $1.I’d probably start out by mentioning it to the press and let it be known and add some sponsoring money from other AIDS programs. I choose Africa because while I was over there I had seen so many sad faces upon those babies I was looking at. I don’t want them to grow up in a world where they see that other people don’t care about them which would lead them to making bad decisions and in 6 years tops we’ll all be hearing 16 children died due to gang confrontation .At the end of it all I think that the 1 million dollars I gave would reduce HIV/AIDS by 1.6%
Donovan Rogers, Age 15
Dear JFC Followers,
Ever since our Journey For Change trip to Johannesburg, South Africa in 2008, helping people infected with HIV and AIDS has been a passion for me. If I were blessed to receive one million dollars to combat any social problem in the world, I would choose the battle against HIV and AIDS. I would immediately get a ticket to to Sub-Saharan Africa, since it is more heavily affected by HIV and AIDS than any other region of the world. An estimated 22.4 million people are living with HIV in the region – around two thirds of the global total. In 2008 around 1.4 million people died from AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and 1.9 million people became infected with HIV. Since the beginning of the epidemic more than 14 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS. This really hurts my heart to know, because when we visited the orphanage in South Africa all the children there were such little angels. Due to the AIDS epidemic, they were parentless!
When I would arrive in South Africa, I would construct a free clinic that would give everyone infected with HIV and AIDS free daily pills to help them survive. I know you’re thinking I probably would not successful with just one million dollars, but the value of the American dollar triples in Africa.
The AIDS epidemic is really affecting us worldwide. Why not start now and help those who are infected to get well soon? Man…If only I were blessed with one million dollars!
Benjamin Goode, Age 13
If I was given 1 million dollars I would help they homeless people. I would spend that money on building a house or homes and give them away to homeless people. This would result in less homeless people on the streets of Bushwick. I would also start a business and hire the homeless people so they would be able to pay their rent.
Imaan Williams, Age 11
I would divide the money for every country with a high poverty rate. I would also try to decrease the level of people in the streets and the level of poverty around the world to bring happiness and world peace.
Sydney Smart, Age 14
If I were given a million dollars to resolve any problem in the world, I would pick the black diamond trade in the Congo. Although I don’t know much about the problem and a million sure isn’t enough. Its frustrating for me to hear how after all these centuries, Africa is still being interfered with and its sickening to comprehend what their going through . Its the people’s land, for Christ’s sake why don’t they own it? Is it that denial that an African nation can’t be as rich? Or the country should have more profit and wealth than another? The human eye can be a dangerous thing. Some people use it to experience beauty and life ,but others greed and to satisfy themselves. Does any of the African nations own any land to conquer from another region? Just the thought of it makes me easily upset, and its not fair. But if I could make it possible, I would get those European’s and foreign countries from the mining caves. Also replenish the country with jobs for native people, and make Congo a beautiful tourist attraction that it is. If life could start over again and I was there all the way through up to this day, I would protect Africa and make sure slavery never began.
Queen Clyde, Age 14
If I were given $1,000,000 to combat one problem, it would be recycling/littering. I would put more garbage cans around the neighborhoods. More recycling bins. People would be penalized more than
ever for not recycling knowing its the law. I know that when I’m done
the world would be a cleaner place because of the little things that I
did. I know that I’m gonna change the world.
To read about the first mission trip to South Africa in 2008, please go to: http://angelrockproject.com/arp/projects/journey_for_change.asp
Journey for Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service uplifts the lives of inner-city youth through global travel, volunteerism and advocacy work. More information on the program can be found at www.angelrockproject.com.