Each year, the CNH District of Circle K endorses a specific service initiate in which clubs from all over our district are encouraged to dedicate themselves to reaching out and helping that respective cause. The District Service Initiative serves as a pathway for clubs from all over Cal-Nev-Ha to work towards a common goal under a unified cause. For the 2013-2014 year, the 2012-2013 District Board has chosen to adopt Speak Out! (Anti-bullying) as the official District Service Initiative. Circle K Clubs across the district are highly encouraged to incorporate this DSI into their service efforts and truly make a difference in their community! Check it out below!
Speak Out! : Anti-bullying
Many children, teens, and adults struggle to speak out about their problems involving bullying in school, the workplace, and most prominently, the internet. Bullies are not educated to know how much their bullying affects others and are often victims of bullying themselves. The 2013-2014 District Service Initiative Speak Out! : Anti-bullying aims to educate and train the community on how to identify this problem as well as how to assist the victims. The goal is to bring awareness to this very important social issue and put a stop to the cycle of abuse. Moreover, with Speak Out! as our DSI, it also serves as a time for Circle K members of CNH to educate him or herself on this ongoing issue present in our society today and promotes advocacy against bullying..
Service Project Possibilities:
- Work with local or national organizations against bullying in order for CKI members to receive training on how to deal with bullying.
- Create a partnership with local/national organizations that focus on bullying and assist with their events and programs:
- The National Center for Bullying Prevention that promotes awareness and teach effective ways to respond to bullying. Learn more about them at: www.pacer.org/bullying.
- GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) is an organization with the goal to make schools safe for all children and that they would learn how to respect people. GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to accept and respect all people. You and your club can participate in their Day of Silence. For more information, visit www.glsen.org.
- Participate in Bullying Prevention Awareness Month in October.
- Create an Anti-Bullying Campaign at your school, elementary school, or high school.
- Have workshops for children, teens, and young adults to learn about the effects of bullying and how to prevent the situation.
- Set up booths to around your campus to understand more about bullying in the United States.
- Make bracelets that show support for victims of bullying on campus.
- Conflict Mediation Program
- Set up a program at a school and contact an organization to make your members become trained mediators to solve problems for others. This will provide support and prevention on bullying.
- Anti-Bullying Night
- Find people who have been bullied and have a panel to hear about their experiences. Invite children, teens, and adults to learn that dominating others are not the solution to feel better about themselves.
Connection to the District Fundraising Initiative (DFI):
Did you know that this years DSI actually goes hand-in-hand with this years DFI? The 2013-2014 DFI is Autism Speaks. On many occasions, the victims of bullying are commonly individuals who are intellectually impaired - both District Initiatives are interconnected so when you do a DFI related project, it is also DSI related too!
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Don't forget there are DSI resources UPDATED on the JCloud under "Service"!