A no-nonsense group of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders has transformed “the most depressing park in America” into a kid-friendly community mecca. No small accomplishment since it’s located in what has been considered one of the roughest U.S. cities: Camden, New Jersey.
The short history of the Student Leaders’ Von Nieda Park Task Force is in my last post. What you’ll see here are the secrets of their success.
The kids who may be the first-ever middle-school community organizers were in Washington, D.C. recently to visit their congressional delegation. They also shared with students from a multi-cultural Catholic parish in Silver Spring, Maryland, the Task Force formula for action: Continue reading →
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I’m trying out a new way to quickly post to my site. I usually take plenty of time to prepare a piece in order to provide value and good journalism. But sometimes when I see good journalism elsewhere, I want to pass it along right away.
This piece, produced by Laura Starecheski on NPR, delves into date rape and why it happens. She discovered a great prevention program that’s been in use in high schools for more than a decade. The program provides strategies to help the party predator help himself and for bystanders to tactfully defend potential date rape targets.
The story echoes the same message that Deb Werrlein gave in her stunning appearance at Listen To Your Mother DC.
Listen to Laura’s report here.
Jenifer Joy Madden is the author of The Durable Human Manifesto. She is now preparing the full-length sequel, Cover Your Assets: How to be a Durable Human in a Digital World. Learn more about the author on Google+.