Thank you to Buckets Blakes of the Harlem Globetrotters for the heartfelt op-ed published on The Hill.Read the full article here.
Help Stop the Violence!
All across America, students are rising to the challenge of doing something to end youth violence. The Do the Write Thing Challenge gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives. Through classroom discussions and writings, students communicate what they think should be done to reduce youth violence. In addition, they make personal commitments to do something about this problem.
By emphasizing personal responsibility, the DtWT program also educates adults about the causes of youth violence. Local community groups promote the program at the grassroots level so that teachers, school administrators, parents, coaches, and young people can bring youth violence into the open, where it can be examined and talked about in a constructive way. When students accept the Challenge, they become messengers for their own thoughts and ideas, which are ultimately more powerful than violence. We say to students, “Accept the Do the Write Thing Challenge. Who knows where it will lead?”
To that end, DtWT also encourages the formation of groups called Community Peace Partnerships that work with local government, business and community leaders to provide opportunities such as job training internships, mentoring and academic scholarships for students who have participated in the program.
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Anti-violence essays yield honors for 12
Twelve middle-school students will be honored today for their essays on how to prevent violence. The Utah Board of Juvenile Justice will honor the finalists in the seventh annual Do the Write Thing Challenge during an awards luncheon in the Governor's Mansion.
Reed Point eighth-grader shines in essay competition
REED POINT - It took three rewrites before Emily Haggard felt she'd hit her target. Evidently, the judges agreed. Haggard, a Reed Point eighth-grader, has faced enough violence and discrimination in her young life that she knew exactly what she wanted to say in her award-winning Do the Write Thing essay. She needed only to let it flow from her heart.
Essay: Youth Violence
OGDEN, UT (kuer) - The statistics surrounding youth violence are sobering. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, 30 percent of 6th to 10th graders in the United States were either a bully, a target of bullying, or both last year. Over 12 percent reported being in a fight at school while nearly 8 percent reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property.
Girl, 12, aims to encourage peers to 'Do the Write Thing'
Kaaza Lightbourne remembers her sixth birthday party as the last time she saw or spoke to her father. He was accused of committing a violent crime and fled the country shortly after that. Today, the 12-year-old Boynton Beach resident and sixth-grader at Congress Middle School has turned that painful experience into something positive.
7th-grader does 'write thing'
REED POINT - Seventh-grader Quentin Poole doesn't consider himself a poet. But a poem he submitted in an essay contest earlier this spring snagged him an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., this summer.
SA students who “Do The Write Thing”
San Antonio.- Two national finalists were chosen by District Attorney Susan D. Reed, Chair of the Bexar County Do the Write Thing committee to participate in the National Campaign to Stop Violence, July 18 – 22, 2009 in Washington, D.C. Megan Kee and Brandon Robalin were honored. They were selected out of 4,287 seventh and eighth grades from the North East and San Antonio School Districts and from First Baptist Academy.
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