EXPLORING THE ROOTS OF VIOLENCE

Rethinking and Deconstructing Violence with Youth

Now Available: Giving Name to the Nameless

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Project NIA is proud to announce the release of our new anti-violence curriculum resource “Giving Name to the Nameless.”

The use of literature and guided reading has been recognized as a viable option for helping young people address their concerns.  Poetry is a particularly wonderful way to address sensitive issues (like sexuality, violence, and self-esteem).  When young people (or adults for that matter) see something of themselves in a piece of literature (books, poetry), identify with the work, reflect on it, and undergo some emotional growth as a result of that reading experience, this can be considered a successful anti-violence intervention.

The new curriculum resource was developed by Mariame Kaba with contributions by Caitlin Ostrow-Seidler.  The guide includes over 30 poems that address gender-based violence as well as tips and suggestions for individuals who are interested in facilitating poetry circles with girls and young women.

This curriculum is part of Project NIA’s “Exploring the Roots of Violence” initiative that launched with the release of our Something is Wrong guide in February 2010.  Something is Wrong was developed in collaboration with Teachers for Social Justice and the Chicago Freedom School.

Other curriculum resources will be developed and released in 2011 as part of this initiative.  The goal of the “Exploring the Roots of Violence” initiative is to develop and disseminate free or low-cost tools and resources that educators and organizers can use to address violence in the lives of young people.

To receive a PDF copy of the guide (at no cost to you), please complete this FORM.

For those who are interested in a hard copy of the guide, please complete this  FORM and mail with your check ($12 per guide). The price covers our printing and mailing costs.

Finally, join Mariame for a workshop based on Giving Name to the Nameless.

When: Friday, November 12th 2010

Time: 9:30 to Noon

Location: Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network – 1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1630

Space is limited to 25 participants.

Cost: $20 (includes a hard copy of the curriculum resource).  CEUs are available for an extra $5 for ICDVP, LSW, LCSW, LPC. LCPC.

Register by phone: Anabel Perez, 312-527-0730

For information about Giving Name, e-mail us at niapoetry@gmail.com. For more information about Project NIA, visit www.project-nia.org

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Author: rootsofviolence

This is a blog by Project NIA for our Exploring the Roots of Violence initiative.

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