The following is a message from Students Against Violence Everywhere
Students Against Violence Everywhere Presents National Youth Violence Prevention Week
SAVE Helps Students Nationwide Create Safer Schools Through Daily Challenges April 7 to 11
The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere, a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to decreasing the potential for violence in our schools and communities, is a founding sponsor of National Youth Violence Prevention Week April 7 to 11. SAVE’s more than 2,100 chapters in elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and community organizations throughout the country will participate in the nationwide initiative to raise awareness and prevent youth violence.
SAVE has partnered with five likeminded organizations to sponsor the 2014 National Youth Violence Prevention Week. Each day during the week corresponds to a specific challenge presented by one of the sponsors and executed by youth around the country. Information about each sponsor and an example of suggested daily activities follows:
- Monday, April 7: Promoting Respect and Tolerance
- Students will host a cultural day where dress, customs and food from around the world are celebrated. Other schools will ask students to get to know another student of a different background to help increase understanding as well as promote respect and tolerance.
- The day is sponsored by Teaching Tolerance, an organization dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for children.
- Tuesday, April 8: Manage Your Anger, Don’t Let it Manage You
- Students will participate in a contest between grade levels to see which can get the most students to sign a pledge to remain fight-free. Additional activities will teach healthy ways to release anger and stress, such as exercising or role playing.
- The day is sponsored by American School Counselor Organization, an organization that supports school counselors’ focus on student development so they are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.
- Wednesday, April 9: Resolve Conflicts Peacefully
- Some schools will plan, direct and star in a public service announcement on ways to manage and resolve conflicts peacefully. Others will create peer meditation programs.
- Sponsored by the Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network, which aims to ensure each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
- Thursday, April 10: Support Safety
- Students will participate in a SPEAK UP-themed contest in which they design posters promoting the anonymous and free 1-866-SPEAK-UP national hotline for students to report weapon threats at schools.
- Sponsored by the Center to Prevent Youth Violence, an innovative organization whose mission is to end the crisis of youth violence in America.
- Friday, April 11: Unite in Action
- To finish out the week, students will unite in action as they engage in service projects, create peace murals and mentor younger classmates. Some will also start a student-patrolled school crime watch program and anonymous process to report safety threats.
- The final day is sponsored by Youth Service America, an organization that improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of volunteer opportunities for youth age 5 to 25 around the globe.
“The goal of National Youth Violence Prevention Week is to empower our youth to make the best decisions to stay safe and violence-free,” said Carleen Wray, executive director of SAVE. “This year we’ve put together an amazing group of sponsors who really care about our nation’s youth and their future. The daily challenges they’ve presented will motivate students to actively engage with the topics and make violence prevention come to life.”
SAVE has grown from a grassroots movement in Charlotte to more than 230,000 active student participants in 2,100 chapters located in seven countries and 48 states. Together these students are promoting non-violence in their schools and communities, actively working to end school shootings, stop bullying and create fear-free environments conducive to learning.
For more information on National Youth Violence Prevention Week, visit: www.nationalsave.org/NYVPW.
About the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere:
SAVE started at West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, N.C. in 1989 following the tragic death of a student who was trying to break up a fight at an off-campus party. Students met first to console each other, then as an organization to promote youth safety and to work together to prevent future incidents from occurring. SAVE provides education about the effects and consequences of violence and helps provide safe activities for students, parents and communities. For more information on SAVE or starting a SAVE chapter, visit www.nationalsave.org, or contact SAVE at (866) 343-SAVE to receive free start-up materials and guidance.
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