Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Make a Stand Against Bullying

Youth Service America, an organization which "improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles," is also sponsoring several initiatives in recognition of National Bullying Prevention month. In a recent blog post, they discuss their partnership with the Festival of Children Foundation for the National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador Program, and share the stories of two youth ambassadors and their experiences with bullying. The post discusses not only the prevention of bullying, but the rising trend of cyberbulling.

Cyber bullying is bullying that happens through the use of electronic devices and equipment. It can happen through social media sites, text messages, email, online chat, and websites. “A major problem with cyber bullying is that people tend to downplay it. Instead of calling it what it is, some young people refer to it as ‘drama’ when it really is cyber bullying,” said Coaxum. Since launching her project, she has used YouTube as a platform to discuss bullying. She has created videos with her sister that challenge kids and teens to do positive things online—and receive prizes for good work. “I started my organization because there is absolutely no reason that anyone should have to deal with bullying.”

You can read the YSA blog post below and watch Victoria Coaxum's YouTube series HERE

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