DON’T BE A BYSTANDER – BE AN ALLY!
SERA, Inc. is a flagship nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate community capacity building in its most authentic sense, economic development, sustainability, and individual citizen empowerment in order to enhance the quality of life for Southeast Raleigh residents and to build enduring relationships with community partners. Our work is to provide advocacy, education, outreach, collaborative opportunities, training, and resources to individuals and other non-profit organizations within the Southeast Raleigh community.
SERA Inc. is working diligently to increase the efforts in the identification, de-escalation, resolution, and elimination of bullying behavior and actions in the educational system throughout Southeast Raleigh schools. Our “Peaceful Schools Anti-Bullying Campaign” is aimed to provide solid educational programs and resources to students, individuals, families, educational institutions and organizations including teaching students how to manage conflict, navigate a sometime hostile world, how to effectively mediate disputes amongst and between their peers and to serve as an ally in a diverse environment. Students working with adults will also learn how to create an environment within school that will not tolerate bullying, yet work with the bully to modify behavior over the long term. Trained student leaders will work with trained adults to facilitate this program.
Bullying and ineffective communication resulting in unsolved conflict is often the number one non-academic issue that most educators face, yet many educators have never taken a professional course about bullying during their teacher training at university or during their time in the field. Bullying is also one of the top educational concerns of many parents. Scared young people can never reach their potential as learners in school or as citizens within their communities. Episodes of bullying are rarely confined to one place. Something that starts in the playground often spills over into the community — and vice versa. Any successful approach to bullying must involve the whole community.
Bullying is a problem that affects millions of people of all races and classes. One (1) out of four (4) students are bullied. SERA Inc. recognizes that in recent years , advances in technology particularly, the use of the computer has increased the ability of individuals to bully. Extensive research shows that between 15–25% of U.S. students are bullied with some frequency, while 15–20% report they bully others with some frequency. Here are some common effects of bullying that we found to be common throughout schools.
- Poor academic performance due to lack of
concentration on studies from being bullied.
- Bullying can affect a young person’s pathology by
creating an unproductive and unsuccessful
- Youth will often skip school from being bullied. As many as 160,000
students may stay home on any given day because of being afraid.
- Many bullied students commit suicide.
- Bullying often leads to experimentation with
drugs and alcohol, and a downward spiral which leads to poor and
- 60% of boys who were bullies in middle school had at least one
criminal record by age 24.
SERA Inc. aims to create allies and youth advisors within Southeast Raleigh schools. These youth leaders will be trained extensively on how to identify, analyze, evaluate, and resolve bullying issues through the art and science of mediation and conflict resolution. These students will possess the correct language, protocol and action steps within the classrooms, hallways, school grounds, and internet. Through peer, family, parent-teen mediation training, youth will work to create a friendly school environment and develop best practice solutions that fit all parties involved in any incident.
SERA Inc. is concerned about the deadly consequences of bullying and will NOT stand idly by while others are bullied or harassed. We pledge ourselves to be an ally for those who are not able to stand up for themselves and we pledge to make schools in Southeast Raleigh a place of respect and understanding for
SERA, Inc. President/CEO, Rita Anita Linger, is a nationally recognized mediation trainer, facilitating “train the trainers” across the country and having trained for the National Center for State Courts. “I believe that the majority of conflicts can be resolved within and without schools using mediation and conflict resolution techniques designed to focus on an individual’s
interest over their position.”
To register for this training, and for more
information about peacemaking programs or any SERA Inc. community based
Quintin Murphy, Social Justice
19 W Hargett St., Suite
Raleigh, NC 27601
Social Justice Community Advocate:
Quintin Murphy 919–747-8423 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rita Anita Linger 919–747-8420