AUSTIN (KXAN) — Hundreds of Central Texas middle school students are headed to the DKR Texas Memorial Stadium Tuesday morning. The No Place for Hate Youth Summit is expected to draw 550 7th and 8th graders from 55 Central Texas middle schools.
The program’s goal is to have students work with their school to combat issues of bullying, bias, and stopping hateful messages. The summit is another tool to have students become leaders within their school.
AISD has conducted this program for ten years and finds it creates a powerful dialogue between students, faculty, and parents to address issues on a campus before anything happens.
“Our students, our staff, our families have another vehicle to think about conflict, and handling conflict in a more positive way and a more proactive way,” said Angela Ward, Coordinator for Cultural Proficiency and Inclusiveness for AISD. “No Place for Hate gives us the space to have those conversations.”
Each year at AISD student leaders with No Place for Hate organize activities that bring students together.
“Those students work with the sponsor to develop activities that are focused on what is going on, on our campus that is keeping us from learning, and how can we work together to develop three activities that will help us do a better job of having us focus on each other and make sure the campus is welcoming, safe and inclusive,” said Ward.
For example, at Travis High School they have an event called Peace Through Pie that is led by the culinary students to allow everyone to share family recipes and talk about their culture.
The No Place for Hate Youth Summit takes place at 9:15 a.m. at the Texas football stadium.
Kate Weidaw is live with how this will benefit local students, on KXAN TV.