SAVE engages students in meaningful violence prevention efforts within their school and community.
SAVE is a way to engage students in violence prevention. Learning by doing is a key component of SAVE. Empowering students to get involved in hands-on efforts to prevent violence is the most rewarding learning experience of SAVE. The SAVE Essentials Manual has guidelines for creating a successful service project as well as service project ideas. Service projects take practical knowledge and information, such as in the areas of crime prevention or conflict management and turns them into a service-oriented learning experience with an after-action reflection piece. An example would be SAVE high school students who travel to a local middle school and teach 7th graders how to manage conflicts, then return to reflect on their service experience as it relates to the skills of conflict management they have learned.
STARTING YOUR SAVE SERVICE PROJECT
Many times the hardest part about doing a community service or service learning project is getting started! Knowing and picking a good project idea can take up the majority of time … and time is what you most need to do the actual project. Here are some things to consider before starting to “brainstorm” ideas for a SAVE service project.
- What are some topics or issues of concern or interest for our school’s or SAVE chapters students over the last few weeks or months?
- Are there any crime or violence incidents that have recently occurred in your school or community? If so, what were they?
- Is there a specific need in your school or community that you feel should have more attention by students and others?
- What are social interest of concerns specific to your school or community? (For example, there may be a higher incidence of teen smoking or teen pregnancy in your local area.)
- What are topics, issues, or interest of most students/youth? (You may want to ask students or chapter members to list their top three concerns on a sheet of paper. Do not ask for names on the paper and anonymously collect the responses.)
SAVE SERVICE PROJECT IDEAS
- Start a SAVE Chapter in other schools.
- Sponsor a crime/violence prevention fair for your school and community.
- Decorate a bulletin board at your school, local library, or local business to spread the SAVE message.
- Have a nonviolence essay contest and send the winning essay to possibly be published on SAVE’s website or in SAVE’s newsletter.
- Support a local violence shelter by hosting a canned food, coat, teddy bear, clothes, or cell phone drive.
- Adopt-a-grandparent or assist elderly in your community by running errands, cleaning the yard, or just provide company.
- Create a pamphlet on community or school crime prevention.
- Sponsor a photo identification booth for children at a local crime prevention fair or mall expo.
- Assist your school’s safety team with coordinating a safe school site assessment.
- Clean-up and revitalize a deteriorated area of your school or community.
These are just a few of the many ideas provided in the SAVE Essentials Manual.
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