ERIC Number: ED395649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
Peace and Non-Violence: A Community Collaborates for Inner City Youth.
In response to the escalation of violent crime among youth in Knoxville, Tennessee, two partnerships have been developed by Pellissippi State Technical Community College (PSTCC), a university and the K-12 system in the Greater Knoxville area, and community leaders to provide non-violent alternatives for youth. The first effort, the annual Greater Knoxville Martin Luther King, Jr., Youth Symposium is designed to introduce non-violent alternatives to participants through the use of small group dialogue, collaboration, interactive role play, skits, and video case studies. Held since 1989, symposium staff include volunteers from PSTCC and community organizations. The second effort, the Leadership 8 partnership between a local anti-violence coalition and Vine Middle School, is designed to provide time and resources to the school's 8th grade class to help them make the transition to high school. In designing collaborative programs for inner city youth, organizers should make an honest self-assessment, examining the reasons for developing the program and personal attitudes about youth and the inner city; collaborate with others for a sustained effort; use targeted brainstorming to plan activities, and programs; focus efforts on specific goals; and contact corporate sponsors and interested participants in a timely manner. A list of 19 related groups providing shared resources and 3 educational programs and videos is appended. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Tennessee (Knoxville)
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (Austin, TX, May 26-29, 1996).