Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Youth ages 11-18 are increasingly excluding, bullying, harassing, verbally or violently assaulting each other (or the adults around them). Someone can be targeted because of social status, race, gender, sexuality or other “-isms.” The root-case problem: Our youths’ muscles for self-respect and mutual respect are not being systematically developed at home, school, in media. Youth don’t even have a healthy, universal definition of “respect.” Many believe respect can be "won" through force or humiliation. The result: Their capacity to spread respect and recover from disrespect is diminished. And this decreases their abilities to have empathy for others, value all people as equals, be leaders of social change and thrive. They must learn: respect is baseline right we all deserve and can spread.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
We give youth and their influencers, life-long tools to build respect—inside and out. No matter your circumstances or past hurts, youth learn that self-respect is something you can control and invest in on you own. Our Respect Rally, 12+ week program (Respect: Keep It Going! Kit), and respect coaching model, marinate youth with respect. Daily practices and tools are taught to a school once, and then used year-after-year by all: staff, teachers, parents and students. They learn: The Respect Basics (Tell Your TRUTH, Know You’re VALUABLE, Follow Your PASSIONS, Trust Your GUT, Set BOUNDARIES-Speak up!, Be Compassionate: LISTEN, Get HELP, and Spread RESPECT). They get our root-meaning definition of respect ("to look again"). These tools are integrated through a simple-to-learn model within a school’s classrooms, after-school activities, teacher/staff training and operations.