TIP 4: SET A GOOD EXAMPLE. AN ADVOCATE'S PERSPECTIVE
DR. ELIZA BYARD: There are a lot of different ways in daily life that any student can show that they stand for an inclusive community. And they want to be part of a school where people are treated with respect. There are ways you do that in everyday life. Who do you sit with at lunch? Who do you invite to work with you during class if you're doing a classroom exercise? There are ways that students can lead by example, simply by choosing to include people who may have been bullied in the past in their activities. Unfortunately, there are a lot of ways for students to lead on this because in any school community, there will be examples of the student who's being left out, the individual who's being called names, whether it's to their face or behind their back. And a student that chooses to reach out, or a student that chooses to lead some kind of public activity for the community, whether its leading a club like a gay straight alliance in a high school, whether it's being part of an activity like "No Name Calling Week" that happens every year in January, there are ways that individual students can show what they stand for, in terms of their values and in terms of what they hope for the community.
AKIL PATTERSON: When a coach or an administrator comes in and they say, "Guys, this is our goal. We want to win a championship. And we want to do it the right way. We don't want to be like all those other schools that just kind of won because they were talented. We want to win both on and off the field." And that starts by setting a good example in the classroom, in my office, in the practice facilities, wherever we go.
JULIE HERTZOG: We need to look at raising a generation of kids who learn to advocate for others. And I think it's always interesting when we go into schools and when we're talking to kids. One of the number one things that they really want to do is they want to make a difference. So if you want to empower your kid to be, you know, an empowered adult, teach them the skills of advocating for others because they're going to take that skill and bring it into the workplace and we're going to build better citizenship.