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Susan Feit
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ANYDAY for High School Students

NCCJ ANYDAY program in Guilford County schools

 

The Opportunity

An ANYDAY program empowers students to take on human relations issues impacting their schools and is designed to foster school environments that are inclusive, respectful and safe.

The Need

Developing an appreciation of differences in people as assets rather than as reasons to keep us apart is particularly important for high school students. Struggling to create an independent sense of identity and facing with physical changes, young adolescents often feel self-conscious and alienated. The culture of high schools reflects the tension students feel about needing to “belong,” as they become increasingly subject to peer pressure. Exclusion of individuals outside an immediate peer group and cruelty to those perceived to be “different” are common behaviors in high schools. Appropriate intervention is critical for countering these powerful tendencies.

The Program

A 6-hour human relations day incorporating discussion, videos, games, and activities develop a core group of up to 35 students committed to creating a positive school climate.

Students are encouraged to validate themselves and others as they undergo a process of introspection that deepens their self-understanding and awareness of others. Together, students also explore the divisions in their school and discuss such divisive topics as: stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and harassment; and cliques.

The final session of the day focuses on action planning and asks students to brainstorm about ways they can be change agents that impact the climate at their school.

Expected Outcome

A 6-hour human relations day incorporating discussion, videos, games, and activities develops a core group of up to 35 students committed to creating a positive school climate.

Students are encouraged to validate themselves and others as they undergo a process of introspection that deepens their self-understanding and awareness of others. Together, students also explore the divisions in their school and discuss such divisive topics as: stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and harassment; and cliques.

The final session of the day focuses on action planning and asks students to brainstorm about ways they can be change agents that impact the climate at their school.