What: Speaking on “Helping Schools Become Safer, More Connected”
When: Monday, April 11, 2016, 7-8:45PM
Where: URI Multicultural Center, Room 05
The URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies is working with Rachel’s Challenge to stimulate academic achievement and social emotional learning by focusing on the connection between students, faculty and staff. Using the remarkable story of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School tragedy, Rachel’s Challenge awakens individual hope, desire and purpose, which in turn promotes safer, more connected school communities.
“Helping Schools Become Safer, More Connected” is the focus of Jim Kennedy’s speech. He is a health teacher in Warwick Public Schools and a Rachel’s Challenge staff member. Jim will share Rachel’s story, the mission and successes of the Rachel’s Challenge Program.
In the seventeen years since twelve innocent lives were lost in the school massacre, including Rachel, her legacy has touched 22 million people and is the foundation for creating programs that promote a positive climate in K-12 schools. Her vision to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion is the basis for our mission: Making schools safer, more connected places where bullying and violence are replaced with kindness and respect; and where learning and teaching are awakened to their fullest. And it works!
Rachel’s Challenge programs provide a sustainable, evidence-based framework for positive climate and culture in our schools. Fully implemented, partner schools achieve statistically significant gains in community engagement, faculty/student relationships, leadership potential, and school climate; along with reductions in bullying, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. Every year:
- Over 1.5 million people are involved in Rachel’s Challenge programs.
- More than 1,200 schools and businesses are reached.
- Over 150 suicides are averted.
- Bullying and violence decrease.
- Community service and acts of kindness increase.
Today, Rachel’s Challenge exists to inspire and equip every person to create a permanent positive change not only in themselves, but in their schools, their businesses and communities. We have a comprehensive set of age-appropriate programs for K-12, college and business. The objectives of these programs are all the same; to continue Rachel’s legacy of kindness and compassion and to:
- Help schools and businesses become safer, more connected places to live and learn.
- Stimulate real culture change by actively involving the entire community in the process.
- Change lives by providing culturally relevant social/emotional training.
- Increase achievement and ensure results by engaging the participants’ heart, head and hands in a continuing improvement process.
For more information, go to: rachelschallenge.org/about-us/media