Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice

Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice

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Empower students to stand up for what matters Social dynamics, conflicts, and bullying influence every child’s ability to learn. At the same time, a safe school climate depends on teaching students the skills to manage their emotions and critically think through solutions to social conflicts. How, then, do you prepare youth to be engaged learners and responsible, socially conscious citizens? Owning Up offers a solution by teaching young people to understand their individual development in relation to group behavior, the influence of social media on their conflicts, and the dynamics that lead to discrimination and bigotry. Whether you’re teaching in a school, a team, or a youth-serving organization, Owning Up is a flexible, dynamic curriculum that respects your knowledge of the young people you work with and the communities in which you serve. While there is no one-size-fits-all curriculum, Owning Up takes us leaps forward by • Designing sessions to be easily facilitated by a school counselor, teacher, leader, or other professional in small group settings • Combining discussions, games, and role-playing to engage adolescents in the complexities of social culture • Exploring and connecting critical topics such as media analysis, gender, sexual harassment, racism, gossip, and self-image Created in collaboration with children and teens, Owning Up helps young people identify and be critical of social issues in their lives--from bullying and harassment in the classroom to systems of power and oppression in the world around them.

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