Students who being bullied in school for no reason.

A Peacemaking Project by Crystal C.

What is the injustice we are solving?

As being a friend to someone that was bullied growing up, it is a huge issue to me and I want us to make a difference in our community.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of youth being bullied for no apparent reasons in the schools, I will fight for rights to have disciplinary actions put in place for children that decides to harm other children.
we will address the issues and solutions to get bullies to stop hurting others for no reason. We will also provide tools on how to assist with these encounters if they run into this problem.
by creating a bullying fact sheet to pass out to each of them so they can hang on their doors in their rooms, carry with them in their back pack, and to have handy when they have a problem or see someone dealing with that issue.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Stop Bullying from occuring
  • How bullying is defined
  • which specific behaviors and actions constitute bullying, may differ from one school to another

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Letting the children know we are there for them mentally and that we will help them through whatever they need help with. I will also continue to assist with monthly workshops within BSW and events to keep them aware that bullying is not acceptable. Through my dancing career I will allow youth that is not poplar in school to dance with me or make sure I become a mentor to them.

How will you show courage?

I will show courage by writing and telling my stories through my writing and as well as speaking with youth in different schools on how we can overcome bullying. I will keep my social media platform using the hashtags #STOPBULLYING #NOBULLYING #PEACEFIRST, and continue to remind them that BULLYING is BAD them every encounter we have with them.

How will you collaborate with others?

I will collaborate with others by partnering with a local programs in our community to reach more children to increase our chances of giving every student the opportunity to hear my message.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

I will know we moving in the right direction when the youth give us feedback and a testimony on how this project made them feel safe and secured. Also it will provide tools to help them get through what they need to get through on a everyday basis.

Key Steps

  • Set program goals to determine which actions to take to reduce bullying and how success will be measured.
  • Develop clear policies about acceptable student behavior.
  • Develop a clear definition of bullying so that everyone has the same understanding of the problem.

Reflection:

How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?

This project deepen our team's understanding by discussions and during well-structured critical-input experiences from each of them. We all have experienced similar incidents in our lives.

How did your community change as a result of your project?

Our community is changing by the day. They are coming up with solutions to get the topic in our school systems as well as in the community. They are also sharing our video that we created and as of right now we are 2K views.

How many people were impacted by your project?

2000

Explain how you came up with the number of people impacted by the project?

This number was calculated by the number of views from our video we created for our injustice, including our team. We are so grateful to be able to impact the world with this Peace First Challenge.

How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?

Our team learned more about the people affected by this injustice by hosting a bullying workshop during our teen explosion. We were so bless to hear so many stories about the youth that has gone through this. We were able to sit down and go over exercises with them and talk through certain things.

What did your team learn?

We learned the importance of treating everybody right. We learn the importance of being a listening ear and continue to raise the awareness of bullying in our community.

What challenges did your team overcome?

The challenges that our team overcome was helping certain kids get through the trauma of being bullied and assisting the youth with exercises they really did not want to do and that is speaking out.

How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?

Right now we have everyone sharing our injustice video and we are hosting a NO Bullying Rally during our teen explosion. There will also be monthly workshops that we will include bullying in it as well.

What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?

The advice I will give to get people on your team that has gone through the injustice. This way that the youth can relate to each other and be able to help each other though the issues that they are having.

Our Updates:

Students who being bullied in school for no reason

Crystal C. 31 May 2018 22:27 Our latest development is planning a huge no bullying pep rally for all children of all ages. There will be workshops, guest panelist and motivational speakers at the event. 

Comments:

Adrian B.
15 June 2018 10:26

Hi Crystal!

We have some reflection feedback--can you pass this on to the youth leadership in your organization? (We'd love to see them on the website too!)

Congratulations on finishing your peacemaking project! I’m on the Peace First team and wanted to say thank you for your amazing work and for taking time to share about your work.

Below you will find some feedback based on your Reflection, which we hope will help you to celebrate your incredible accomplishment and reflect on how to grow and develop your project in the future:

Strengths:

The video you shared with us is beautiful and powerful! I love how you centered youth perspectives throughout the video and talked about the power of adults supporting youth led change in community. It's clear you've deepened that commitment, which is exciting and important!

I love how you're using dance, and a celebratory, non-judgmental community atmosphere, to create a place where young people are able to truly flourish. There is so much joy in the video you shared with us, and it's clear that the work you're doing is helping many young people in your community build up resilience for any situation.

I'm also excited that people within the BSW community are working on spreading your message throughout your school and community. Let us know how we can support this important deepening of this work!

In addition, it's so cool that you've been bringing on more and more people who have experienced the injustice, and that you recognize how powerful that is. Can you tell us more about what that was like?

Things to consider:

I'm curious about Fish's question around talking to people who bully to understand why they're behaving this way. Is this a part of the work you do? Here's a tool for talking to others about this: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-1-talking-others

I know you have youth who are involved in leading this project, and I'd love to know more about how youth are involved in planning/executing this work, and the roles that adults play. I noticed there was a part where you talked about getting youth to do activities they didn't want to do--was this an adult facilitating or a young person? Why were they asked to do something they didn't want to do? This work is so powerful, and it being youth led makes it even more powerful! What structures do you have in place for youth leadership?

We hope you will stay in touch and keep us up to date as you continue your work to create change! Let us know how we can continue to support this important work.

Best,
Adrian  

Adrian B.
15 June 2018 10:16

Great, thanks!  

Crystal C.
10 June 2018 13:18

So sorry. I notice that I submitted the video and the reflection was posted on another project. :( It has been submitted.  

Adrian B.
8 June 2018 13:51

Hi Crystal--I looked for your reflection here and didn't see it filled out. Do you know where you wrote it out/did you email it to us? https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/students-who-being-bullied-school-no-reason/dashboard/reflection Let me know, and our tech team can look into it if you've already filled out this form.  

Adrian B.
8 June 2018 13:30

Hi Crystal,

So sorry about this! It looks like the technology we used to track reflections didn't show that yours was ready for review. Thanks for submitting your reflection, and we'll have feedback for you soon. Again, my apologies!

Best,
Adrian  

Crystal C.
8 June 2018 11:46

Our reflection was posted on May 31st  

Clare W.
8 June 2018 10:39

Hi Crystal!

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!  

Crystal C.
31 May 2018 14:27

Where do we submit our video?  

Kelsey T.
13 April 2018 12:00

Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a Peace First Challenge mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

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.

Strengths:
This is a very compassionate project -- I love that you as a team are drawing on your own experience of bullying as you help support younger folks through the workshop. The peer mentorship model can be very strong!

Things to Consider:
I think you could strengthen your project by using our SMART Goal and other planning tools to come up with more concrete, specific, and time-bound goals that will make it easier to track your progress: While your larger goal is to stop bullying, what are some specific goals for the workshop and project in the short term? Check out these tools: https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

It would also be great if you could rephrase your compassionate insight. Fish left some GREAT feedback on your project page (a couple comments below this one!) that can help with that. We want to make sure you articulate first the injustice that you want to change, then the root cause that you are focusing on, and then finally the project idea (that third part is good as is!)

You can edit your insight here: https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/students-who-being-bullied-school-no-reason/dashboard/compassionate-insight
You can edit your project plan here: https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/students-who-being-bullied-school-no-reason/dashboard/planning

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!  

Kelsey T.
29 March 2018 17:47

Hi Crystal! Doesn't look like you've submitted the actual application yet -- the compassionate insight you submitted a while back was part one, but we will also need you to fill out the Plan and the application Form (where you list materials you will need for the project -- like a budget that can add up to $250 or less) in order to finalize that. You can do that through your project dashboard: https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/students-who-being-bullied-school-no-reason/dashboard by clicking on the "Make a Plan" and "Apply for a mini-grant" buttons. Hope that helps!  

Adrian B.
29 March 2018 16:11

Hi Crystal! I'm going to check in with my colleague Kelsey, who manages the mini-grant process. We'll have an answer for you soon!  

Crystal C.
28 March 2018 19:48

Hey Adrian can you send me the link? I thought I submitted for the grant. I am so confused.  

Adrian B.
28 March 2018 18:34

Hi Crystal,

We're excited to hear more about your ideas to address this important injustice! I wanted to let you know about an opportunity -- if you are interested in getting some funding for materials that you need to carry out your project, you can apply for mini-grant of up to $250.

The deadline to submit your Project Plan and Mini-Grant Application is March 31st if you want to remain eligible to apply to attend a Peace First Accelerator.

As you craft your plan, be sure to consider the feedback we gave you on your compassionate insight, and check out our project planning tools for help turning your insight into a concrete action plan: https://www.peacefirst.org/plan-your-project

Then, through your dashboard you can make any changes you want to make to your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let us know if you have questions. We're looking forward to supporting your project!

Best,
Adrian  

Fish S. Peace First Staff
22 February 2018 10:02

Hi Crystal! Thanks for posting this project. We loved your students' work in last year's Challenge and are excited to support them again. We saw your team posted a compassionate insight and we wanted to offer feedback - can you pass this along to your students?

Thanks so much for the work you're doing -- we love the passion in your insight and your commitment to making your community a place that is safe for everyone. I think you're identifying some really important issues here - especially the fact that being silent about bullying is a really serious problem - and I think your solution of hosting a workshop to respond to bullying is really sound. Done well, workshops can change minds and behaviors - and help give people ways to solve problems that they may not have otherwise thought of. I love that you're getting people of all ages involved, too!

Mind if I give you some suggestions on how you might clarify your insight? I want to make sure everyone understands what you're working on. I think it's important that the first 'injustice' statement is a clear statement of an injustice (for instance: "bullies hurting others") and that the second 'root cause' statement is a clear statement of a cause of that problem (e.g. "people being silent against bullies" or whatever else you think might be creating the bullying problem). Does that make sense?

I'm also wondering about your plans to interview or work with some of the people who are causing the problem. Have you asked them why they behave this way? Do they bully for no reason? I'd be interested to know.

You can revise your insight on your dashboard -- and then you're ready to start creating your plan! We're really excited to help however we can. Is there anything you need?  

Adrian B.
21 February 2018 10:30

Hi Crystal! Thanks so much for posting this project. Bullying is an important issue. Are there any young people between the ages of 13-24 leading this project?