Akron PeaceMakers Concerned
about Violence and Bullying
Bullying has become a serious problem among our youth,
especially in and around our schools. The Akron PeaceMakers are beginning an all-out
battle against bullying. The campaign has already begun.
In October of 2011, the Akron PeaceMakers, partnering with
the Akron After-School Program, began mentoring students at Roswell Kent Middle School on
Akrons east side. Their project was called Project Citizen and was designed
to show these young people how they can make a difference in their school and community.
It also empowered them to find a problem at their school and encouraged them to come up
with ideas on how to resolve the issue.
The students major concerned was a privacy issue in
the girls lavatories. They identified the problem, took it to the attention of
school administrators, talked and work with faculty, and came up with a solution.
Because of personal experiences, they also wanted to tackle
the issue of bullying. To express their feelings on the subject they, along with help from
their mentors, the Akron PeaceMakers, produced an insightful video. Take a look; it is
is just the first of many after-school programs for the Akron PeaceMakers. We hope to
expand the Project Citizen model by taking it into a second school this fall. Our
ultimate goal is to have a program in every middle school in the Akron Public Schools
The Akron PeaceMakers were also instrumental in the
production of another video project at Our Lady of the Elms High School. Telayne Keith,
president of the PeaceMakers, was lead on this project about youth identity and self
esteem. The title of the piece is "Gotta Be Me!"
Also, during the month of October, the Akron PeaceMakers
distributed 10,000 "No More Violence" stickers in our middle and
high schools. Along with the stickers, 1,000 posters were placed in local businesses and
The Akron PeaceMakers are on the frontlines, making our
schools and community a safer place for children and teens.
Dont stay on the sidelines join us in the
Become a member of the Akron Peacemakers
Two new Peacemakers classes are scheduled for the weeks of
July 16 and August 6. For an application, click here.
There is an ongoing need for youth volunteers. Here are a
few organizations who can direct you to a great volunteer experience: