Think Tank Goal
An inter-generational team of subject matter experts from a diversity of disciplines working together to craft a curriculum for youth personal leadership and gun violence prevention in high schools. The goal of the curriculum is to develop within each student and within their schools a strong foundation for catalyzing pro-social behaviors among youth that 1) expands their capacity for building relationships, 2) engenders a creative orientation for addressing life's obstacles, and 3) demonstrates, in hands-on activities, how to address emotional and mental strain constructively by applying their passions and feelings of disillusionment to creative endeavors and civic and community engagement.
This curriculum is meant to be a counterbalance to the widespread anxiety and depression evoked within youth in the U.S. by increasing acts of violence in public spaces and the reality of active shooter drills in schools. It is meant to precipitate a culture shift from bullying, hatred, and isolation as a norm to creating peer-to-peer compassionate communities in schools that are self-perpetuating.