We need to fight racism everywhere, every day. But on March 21st, on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we can ensure that all eyes are on the issue. Observed annually to honor the 69 people killed by police at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid pass laws in 1960. In 1966, the United Nations called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination.
“YOUTH STANDING UP AGAINST RACISM” is the 2021 theme. It engages the public through #FightRacism, which aims to foster a global culture of tolerance, equality and anti-discrimination and calls on each and every one of us to stand up against racial prejudice and intolerant attitudes.
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Choose Peace/Stop Violence is a county-wide violence prevention collaborative in Broward County, Florida. Our mission is to educate, engage, inspire, and empower youth to take action and bring about positive change for the purpose of preventing youth crime and violence, and create safe, healthy and thriving environments for children and families. Learn our history here.
Choose Peace/Stop Violence is a continuing partnership between United Way of Broward County, Broward County Public Schools School Climate & Discipline Department and Children’s Services Council of Broward County with support of the Broward Sheriff's Office - Law Enforcement Trust Fund. The collaborative focuses on anti-bullying, youth violence prevention, fostering social justice awareness and academic improvement through positive development promotion and sustainable tools to change the climate and culture of the schools.
Agents of Change
The Agents of Change (AOC) peer-led groups are formed under the leadership of students and supervised by a school-based facilitator, supported by Broward County Public Schools School Climate & Discipline Department, school Prevention Liaisons, and a Choose Peace Program Manager.
AOC members follow an activities curriculum during the school year that is in line with the school district’s prevention/awareness days (BCPS Calendar of Observances). Members develop pro-social, organizational, communication and leadership skills through community service, participation as elected officers and leading school-wide activities and awareness campaigns. AOC groups are advocates in raising awareness about violence, bullying behavior and social justice in their schools and communities.
2020-2021 Agents of Change Schools
- Apollo Middle School
- Glades Middle School
- Gulfstream Academy of Hallandale Beach K-8
- Hollywood Hills High School
- James S. Rickards Middle School
- McNicol Middle Magnet & STEM School
- New Renaissance Middle School
- New River Middle School
- Northeast High School
- Nova Middle School
- Piper High School
- Pompano Beach Middle School
- South Plantation High School
- Walter C. Young Middle School
2020-2021 Peace Week Contest Winners
Acrostic Peace Poem
Anastasia Morales Lindholm, Coconut Creek Elementary
Peace Vision Board
Candela Barletti, West Broward High School
2019-2020 Peace Poster Contest Winners
Silver Ridge Elementary School:
Mia Harrington and Ryan Alves
Coral Springs Middle School:
Coral Springs Charter High School:
Amanda Jimenez and Jazlyn Romero
Broward County Public Schools - School Climate & Discipline Department
Broward Sheriff's Office - Law Enforcement Trust Fund
Children's Services Council of Broward County
United Way of Broward County