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MDA's Peaceful Warriors
On Friday, March 17th, 44 students from Grades Six through Eight attended The Peaceful Warriors Summit in Oakland.
The Peaceful Warriors Project is part of the Golden State Warriors Not on Our Ground initiative sponsored by Adobe. The initiative focuses on stopping hate and bullying, and building inclusive, peaceful communities. The summit was attended by over 300 middle and high school students throughout the Bay Area to educate and inform students on personal bias, anti-bullying behavior, speaking up, and what to do when they witness bullying.
Mission Dolores Academy was invited to attend by Nicholas Carlisle the Founder and CEO of No Bully, an evidence based program implemented at the MDA that leverages student empathy to end bullying.
On arrival our students were thrilled to be greeted by two of The Warriors cheerleading team who gave each of our students a “Not on Our Ground” t-shirt before we entered the main venue which was filled with excited kids.
Before the summit began there was an opportunity for photos with fun props and signs.
The event was hosted by Cheryl Hurd, NBC Bay Area News Reporter who opened the event by sharing her own experience of being bullied when she was in high school. This was followed by a viewing of the Not on Our Ground video by several Warriors players asking everyone to take a pledge to stand up to bullies and become Peaceful Warriors.
Next up was Nicholas Carlisle, Founder and CEO of No Bully who explained to everyone why they were there, and that the day was an opportunity to reflect and share what peace and community means.
One of the highlights of the day was the Anti-Bullying & Inclusivity Panel session featuring the following speakers:
- Ashanti Branch, Educator and Founder & Executive Director, The Ever Forward Club
- Kim Chambers, Community Engagement Manager, Corporate Responsibility, Adobe
- Ian Clark, Guard, Golden State Warriors
- Marisa Rodriguez, Director of Community Relations and Assistant District Attorney, City and County of San Francisco
The panel each shared their own personal experiences of being bullied when they were kids, and how it was resolved. The overarching theme was that the problem is usually solved once the problem is shared. It’s important not to suffer in silence.
Our students were obviously most excited to hear from Golden State Warrior Ian Clark who shared his story of being bullied in middle school, and how his older brother helped him at the time. He spoke of the importance to stand up to bullies, and not to stand by and watch it happen - “Be an upstander, not a bystander. Saying nothing is helping the problem”.
Eighth Grade student Bryan had the opportunity to ask the panel a question, and asked them if any of them had ever been a bystander, an ally to a bully, or even a bully themselves. A great question!
Following the panel session, our students headed off into workshop breakouts to work with students from other schools and community organizations such as Not on Our Ground: No Bully, ADL’s No Place for Hate, Rise and the Ad Council on small group exercises to further explore bullying and strategies to create peaceful communities.
After an inspiring and valuable day we returned to MDA with the promise to put into practice everything learnt at the summit to keep our school a peaceful and inclusive environment for all! We vow to be Peaceful Warriors!
Here are a few more photos from the event: