National Youth Violence Prevention Week raises awareness and educates youth and communities on effective strategies to prevent youth violence before it happens. 60% of American children are exposed to violence, crime, or abuse in their homes, schools, and communities.
Activities to try….
Monday, April 8th….
- Know the signs and save the day
- Warning signs of possible self harm or violence include strong fascination/obsession with firearms/weapons, excessive study of firearms, excessive over the top reactions or aggressive behavior over seemingly minor reasons, gestures of violence, low aspirations towards school, be a victim of long term bullying, extreme feelings of isolation, social withdrawal, easy access to firearms – or bragging about easy access to firearms, and making overt threats or gestures of violence.
- If you notices these signs in someone, please tell a trusted in adult in school, law enforcement, or a mental health professional. Please take it seriously and act immediately!
Tuesday, April 9th….
- Promote respect and tolerance
- Mix it up! Sit with someone new at lunch today.
- Embrace your unique self. What do you love that’s special about you?
- Take a selfie with a new friend!
Wednesday, April 10th….
- Be an upstander!
- An upstander is someone who stands up for someone else, usually against a bully of some sort.
- Celebrate the people in your life that help keep you safe!
- Look up famous upstanders in history. You may find some new heroes.
- Pledge to be an upstander.
Thursday, April 11th…
- Resolve conflicts peacefully with super human strength!
- Don’t let anger heat you up.
- It’s not weak to walk away.
- Keep the peace between your friends.
- Be mindful of your own actions.
Friday, April 12th….
- Unite in Action!
- Recruit others to help you keep the peace and take a stand against violence.
- Organize a peaceful project for your community.
- Partner up with a mentor to encourage you and keep you on track.
All of the great information and more can be found at http://nationalsave.org/NYVPW/