Community Builders has developed an innovative and exciting new model, Cross-generational Dialogues, for helping to create inclusive school communities. Dialogues bring community members of different ages together to discuss social issues, and to learn practical leadership skills to address them on a community-wide level.
The Dialogues are designed for elementary students ages 9 and older, secondary students, parents and grandparents, educators and other community members. The participation of youth leaders also tends to draw out their family members, and helps boost attendance.
This interactive, engaging program consists of in-depth discussion from different age perspectives of social issues, bullying and oppression dynamics like racism and exclusion in our communities. It includes skill practice for intervening effectively in tough situations.
Young people and adults are all concerned about these issues but they don’t often have a chance to gather together to discuss them. When young people feel that their experience and their voices matter, and when they are treated as partners in creating safe and inclusive communities, it raises their confidence and empowers them to take positive leadership with their peers. When adults have a chance to hear from young people and bring their own concerns, it helps them feel more hopeful about tackling challenging social problems.
The Dialogues are available as fee for service programs. Contact us to discuss fees and other details for bringing the programs to your school or community.