Local residents can vote to help ASK Academy “In Our Own Words” youth led project decrease bullying in the partner schools and promote a healthy and safe school environment and community. Promoting the leadership capacity of local youth to develop conflict resolution skills, anti-bullying strategies and ongoing support through group or individual peer to peer assistance to youth.
Bay Area-based ASK Academy supports a youth-led anti-bullying campaign: “In Our Own Words” and peer support services to address and create a culture of peace and nonviolence in the Jefferson Union High School District. “In Our Own Words” is in the running to receive $10,000 from KIND Healthy Snack, and they’re now asking area residents for their support.
Community members can visit: http://causes.kindsnacks.com/cause/in-our-own-words/ to place a vote for “In Our Own Words.” The effort comes as part of KIND Causes, a monthly grant program that celebrates people spreading kindness in their communities.
Students said that bullying is a top issue in their school, with cyber bullying and bullying related to race or ethnicity as the most common. When asked “Is bullying directed at one particular group due to race, gender or appearance?” One responded “people who don’t speak English too good.”
Local data indicates disparate rates of bullying among populations of color, with African Americans experiencing the highest rate of bullying at 48.2%, followed by Pacific Islanders at 36.4%. (kidsdata.org).
Receiving $10K from KIND would help support our efforts addressing cyber bullying and bullying related to race or ethnicity
Voting is live through the end of the month. The cause that attracts the most support will receive the funding, and the KIND team will then rally to help them increase their impact. Through voting, people are also committing to carrying out a kind act in their own life – all in the spirit of paying it forward!
“Over the years, through ASK Academy, Shakeel Ali has committed his life to making the lives of our youth better in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties by providing mentoring and showing kids the value of multimedia technology in a classroom setting.” - City Councilman
“Your trainings are SO important, we NEED to have to have you come to our school at the beginning of the year so we can implement the services throughout the entire year.” – Teacher
There are a number of inspiring causes participating, so support from the local community is key to ASK Academy “In Our Own Words” receiving the funding.
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