Bullying affects students everywhere, and peer education can fix it.
A Peacemaking Project by Fish S.
What is the injustice we are solving?
Bullying is a public health epidemic that affects millions of kids around the world, but we keep responding with the same old, tired solutions. Peer-to-peer education can change attitudes and behaviors to make schools safe and accepting for all.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of bullying in schools
we will address intolerance and prejudice
by creating peer education programs
Our Project Plan:
- To fight intolerance and injustice in American schools
- To provide students with the tools they need to improve their communities
We will increase my / our compassion by...
We will increase our compassion by reaching out to students and schools in communities that are facing the most difficult challenges. We will connect with the students whose lives we are empowering by giving them feedback and reflections on our own experiences growing up.
How will you show courage?
Often, we find passionate students who want to promote peacemaking in their schools, but face roadblocks from their school administration and from their peers. This is not an easy thing to deal with, but we will remain supportive of the students with whom we are in contact.
How will you collaborate with others?
Within our team, we will regularly communicate with each other to make sure that our goals align. When it comes to the students with which we will be working, we will be vigilant in making sure that we listen to their needs so that we can better serve them.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
Our pre- and post-tests will serve as the physical evidence of our success. When students are able to better articulate the root causes of injustice and intolerance in their communities and generate steps they can take towards the promotion of peace, we will consider that to be the greatest reward.
- Establish "care packages" with materials, gear, and motivational notes to send to our schools
- Begin a massive outreach effort to local schools in order to recruit new Peace Teams
- Articulate what our goals for the next few years are going to be
Start a Peace Team in your school: organize your peers and teach peace to kids in your community!Fish S. 31 December 1969 19:00 We need high school students to step up and tackle the challenges of bullying and school violence. If you start a Peace Team at your school, we'll match you with a college student Peace Coach from our national staff, train you to use our award-winning curricula, and send you to build cultures of peace and tolerance in schools in your community. The research is clear: peer education works! Be a part of the solution and make a real difference. If you want to get started, leave a comment and we'll connect with you!
Peacemakers in Annapolis!Fish S. 31 December 1969 19:00 Our Annapolis, MD Peace Team has been out and about in classrooms, spreading peace, tolerance, and kindness wherever they go! Check out these photos:
Peacemakers in Columbia!Fish S. 31 December 1969 19:00 Check out these photos of our Columbia, MD Peace Team, hard at work creating a culture of peace in their community!
8 June 2018 13:37
We're checking in because you haven't submitted your reflection yet. Reflections were due on May 31 as a part of your mini-grant award. Please submit your reflection as soon as you can. We're looking forward to hearing about how your project went!
4 April 2018 12:19
The mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.
Thanks for sharing the video; speaks very well about the TPI. I appreciate that you have clear goals and plan for what you want to do or achieve from this initiative. I also really appreciate that you are going to seek the passionate students who want to promote peacemaking in their schools, but face roadblocks from their school administration and from their peers. This is a good starting point!
Things to Consider:
My understanding is that this is an ongoing project/initiative :) Therefore, it would be great to share with us a little bit of what you have achieved so far; it could be facts/# or lessons learned. This will be helpful to the people who are new to your work; it could be a general overview of your work so far.
Also, it would be good to add specific project goals for the next couple of months of what you hope to do in the coming months with this grant.
Furthermore, in the next steps, you shared that you want to begin a massive outreach effort to local schools, which is really great and shows how much you are ambitious and passionate about your project, but it would be great to be specific about the number of schools that you want to work, taking into consideration that you need to submit reflection by May 31st.
Congratulations and best of luck with your project!
6 March 2018 14:11
Although I'm sure you already received some more detailed feedback on your insight last year, just wanted to provide some brief feedback as we are doing that for all the projects right now!
I love that your insight reflects an understanding of how bullying is a symptom of a larger root cause -- intolerance and prejudice. Even as you continue to carry out your incredible work in schools I encourage you to continue to reflect on what else you are discovering about the root causes beneath that root cause of intolerance and prejudice... What are you discovering through your work and how can you use that deepening understanding to reflect your work?
Excited to hear more about what's in store for the coming months -- and hope we can support your with an additional mini-grant once you have a sense of any specific funding you might need. We look forward to supporting you with another mini-grant when you're ready (the deadline for that in the current cycle is March 31st!). As always, we are happy to be a resource to support your great work.