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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.Bullying STOPS Here

In October of 2011, the Akron PeaceMakers, partnering with the Akron After-School Program, began mentoring students at Roswell Kent Middle School on Akron’s 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 student’s major concerned was a privacy issue in the girl’s 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 called "Bullying.org."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B06FNu2CIiM

PeaceSticker3.jpg (44717 bytes)This 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 system.

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!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=rV1xNw4No1E&NR=1

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 organizations.

The Akron PeaceMakers are on the frontlines, making our schools and community a safer place for children and teens.

Don’t stay on the sidelines – join us in the fight!

"As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility."

Nelson Mandela
South African Statesman

 

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