Asia Adams Save Our Children Foundation/Partner

Philadelphia, PA

Asia Adams Save Our Children Foundation/Partner
Project Description
On Saturday, October 15, 2016 the Asia Adams Save Our Children Foundation in collaboration with #LightProject held its “Rules of Kindness” workshop. Upwards of 18 youth participated in the event and two adults facilitated the workshop discussion. The unique aspect of the workshop was that 6 youth were on site and 12 youth participated remotely via various modes of communication (e.g. texting, teleconferencing, snap chap). We chose to use social media in our outreach in combination with on-site interaction because most kids communicate through social media. Schools Represented: Youth from the following schools participated: 1. Academy of Notre Dame 2. Central High 3. El Centro 4. Engineering and Science Participating youth included 3 males and 15 females and the group was diverse. Approach We first identified words that we experienced or heard that were unkind. Each youth was asked to identified harmful words and we prepared a list. After the list was prepared the adult facilitators asked how these words made us feel. After we expressed our feelings, the facilitator told us to “mentally” throw these words away and to list kind and uplifting words. We discovered that it was hard to come up with a full list of kind, positive and uplifting words because we all agreed that we hear more negative words than positive. We hear degrading words in our songs, movies, etc. Rules of Kindness (ROK) After we identified positive words, we decided to use these words to create our Rules of Kindness. We thought it was important to use these rules in school, in our communities, with our families, friends, and even with someone we didn’t know. Going Forward – Spreading the Word We intend to use the $50.00 gift card to print posters for distribution to the schools represented and youth serving organizations in Philadelphia. One of the adult facilitators donated $100.00 so that we could also have the rules printed on pencils, rulers, and erasers for distribution to the schools represented. We will also distributed during our joy challenge. The Joy Challenge We received confirmation from the Tabor Community Partners – social service agency regarding my group’s participation in their Christmas Holiday party. We are waiting for the date of the event which will be held in December.