ERIC Number: EJ1024087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: N/A
Making a Difference: A Simple Recipe
Glisson, Susan M.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v22 n1 p55-58 Spr 2013
Students learn about the history of the civil rights movement and are empowered to create positive change in their communities, states this author, Susan M. Glisson, Executive Director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation. She describes the efforts to build racial understanding among young high school students through the "Summer Youth Institute" (SYI) conducted at the University of Mississippi. She envisioned an effort to bring high school students to the UMiss campus to learn about civil rights history, to learn to trust each other, and to surmount racial and class divisions. The students would also design a project to improve their communities when they returned home. Glisson describes her experience with one outstanding student and his efforts, upon completing the SYI training, of putting into action what he had learned. During SYI, students were taught how to do a SWOT analysis of their community (a procedure to identify Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats). Glisson admired the young man's efforts at connecting with other young men, and pondered "How would I connect with these youth who were facing difficulties I never imagined? Suddenly, an idea struck her. She asked the young man if he could give her a recipe for how to better serve students like those with whom he was having such an amazing impact. He thought carefully and said he would write out a recipe of sorts and give it to her in the morning. He came up with a "Recipe for a Better Young Guy." The ingredients: "Unlimited cups of love"; "Unlimited cups of understanding"; "1 cup of realness"; "1 cup of bonding"; "5 tablespoons of hugs"; "1 tablespoon of relationship building"; and "1 tablespoon of time."
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Racial Bias, High School Students, Summer Programs, United States History, Consciousness Raising, Racial Relations, Community Programs, Personal Narratives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi