ADL Hosts Annual No Place for Hate Youth Summit

ADL Hosts Annual No Place for Hate Youth Summit

Austin Mayor Steve Adler spent time with students in breakout groups at the 2016 No Place For Hate Youth Summit

ADL will host its annual No Place for Hate Youth Summit, a daylong training for student and teachers that focuses on what it means to be an ally, November 29.

More than 500 middle school students and 100 educators are expected to attend the Youth Summit and will return to their campuses with skills learned to help build inclusive environments at their schools.

The Youth Summit’s unique environment encourages students to confront their own biases and empathize with people from very different backgrounds. Students are divided into groups of 30, with no two kids in one group coming from the same school. Each group runs through three to four activities that help students explore issues of diversity and identity. More than 60 volunteers who fulfilled training in ADL’s A World Of Difference curriculum will facilitate the sessions.

“Our goal for the day is for students to better recognize and stand up to prejudice and hate when they see it,” said ADL Education Director Jillian Bontke. “To do that, we spend the day exploring identity, examining bias, and looking at the ways in which hate can escalate. We want students to leave the summit knowing how to be an ally and inspire allyship in others.”

With more than 30 percent of students reporting that they are victims of bullying, intolerance dominates as the most pervasive issue facing schools today. Both teachers and students need resources and guidance to navigate the effects and causes of bullying. ADL’s No Place For Hate resources attempt to teach children and adults how to learn from their peers and build communities of respect on their campuses.

“For 10 years, I have been amazed how the ADL Youth Summit has continued to grow and impact hundreds of participants from the Austin area every year,” said ADL board member Judy Berkowitz. “Students, counselors and teachers leave the Summit with a better understanding of themselves along with lifelong skills empowering them to support those around them.”

More than 100 volunteers, including representatives from the Austin Police Department, Austin ISD, University of Texas and the National Council of Jewish Women, join ADL Austin to provides educators and students with the tools to stand up against hate and the resources to ensure that anti-bias and diversity education are a part of their school’s curriculum. ■

Contact the ADL Austin office at (512) 249-7960 or austin@adl.org to learn more about our education initiatives and how you can get involved.

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