Today, April 7th marks the start of Youth Violence Prevention Week!

In recognition, we thought we’d share a link to the Peabody…


Today, April 7th marks the start of Youth Violence Prevention Week!

In recognition, we thought we’d share a link to the Peabody award-winning, two-part This American Life episode on Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. In training for our call center we have discussed this powerful & poignant work of storytelling as providing a window into the violence some of our callers face on a daily basis. It vividly illustrates the resounding  impact of violence on a community showing how teens and adults navigate a world of funerals and Homecoming dances.

downloadHarper High School, Part One This American Life


Harper High School, Part Two This American Life

The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE), a founding partner of the National Youth Violence Prevention campaign, serves as the crossroads to provide resources to prepare for the event, including the official campaign Action Kit that serves as a step-by-step planning guide, suggestions for how each sector of the community can support the campaign, activity ideas, links to over 40 national organizations sponsoring the event, articles and interviews on violence prevention, and much, much more! Each day this week, SAVE will highlight a specific challenge to prevent Youth Violence sponsored by a national premier youth-serving organization.

Check out the challenge for Day 1: Promote Respect and Tolerance sponsored by Teaching Tolerance.

  • Conduct an essay contest on respect and tolerance. Have the winning essay read at an event or over morning announcements.
  • Reach out to the unreached. Challenge all students to get to know at least one student they do not know.
  • Have a class discussion/role play on the importance of showing respect.
  • Use teambuilding activities that utilize sharing and group participation.
  • Identify examples of respect and lack of respect for others in social studies textbooks and other materials.
  • Do research papers on different cultures and how they show respect to one another.
  • Hold a cultural day where dress, activities and decorations reflect different cultures from around the world.
  • Have students pair up with a student from a different culture and allow them to “shadow” each other for a day so they will each see what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes.
  • Resource article: Possession Obsession

In addition, April is also Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (#SAAM). Check out five things you can do this month to get involved.