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The Henderson and the Kind Campaign

Posted by Jennifer Michael Feb 2, 2016

“Don’t get revenge, show kindness!” That was the main take-away of girls in the Strong Women,

Strong Girls (SWSG) program at the Henderson Inclusion Elementary School in Dorchester

during a recent lesson focused on bullying and teamwork. Girls kicked off an anti-bullying

campaign by creating a poster with alternative suggestions for other kids to follow when facing

bullying, plus personal pledge sheets that girls will use to engage others in the anti-bullying

movement. The role models of the week, Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson—founders of

The Kind Campaign, a program that raises awareness about bullying—inspired girls to use the

skill of Teamwork.

 

Girls in the Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) program at the Henderson Inclusion Elementary School in Dorchester proudly display a poster that they created as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

Girls in the Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) program at the Henderson Inclusion Elementary School in Dorchester proudly display a poster that they created as part of an anti-bullying campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SWSG’s Spring curriculum, Sisterhood in Service, helps girls learn about service and activism in

the community by empowering them to choose a nonprofit organization to support. Girls at the

Henderson and their college women mentors from Northeastern University chose to support

Partners for Youth with Disabilities, a Boston-based organization dedicated to empowering

youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring

programs, youth development opportunities, and inclusion expertise. Their selection was

particularly relevant since the Henderson is an inclusion school, meaning that its students

represent a wide range of abilities. Each week, girls connect their lesson to their service project.

Starting a school-wide anti-bullying campaign—especially one in support of peers of varying

abilities—is just one aspect of the group’s semester-long initiative.

 

In my role as a Program Associate, I manage partnerships with three of SWSG’s college and

university-based chapters, and elementary schools and community centers that host the SWSG

program. One of my (very fun!) responsibilities is to conduct visits to our program sites to

provide ongoing monitoring, support, and training to mentors, maintain strong partnerships, and

capture success stories. I am consistently impressed by the dedication and skills of our college

women mentors who implement the program, and by the energy, creativity, and awareness of

our girls. The Henderson was no exception!

 

Sarah Kacevich is our Program Associate in Boston, you can contact her at [email protected] Check out Sarah and the rest of our Boston team here!

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