Tolerance Center Program
Kidsbridge Tolerance Center Program for Grades 6-8
Group size: Maximum 36 students
Visit Length: 4 hours (including lunch)
Admission: Admission is charged per student. There is no cost for teachers, school counselors, other educators or adult chaperones.
Post-Visit Resources: Kidsbridge provides a curriculum area for teachers. Please bring your phone to photograph lesson plans, information for parents and care-givers, and other resources to reinforce and extend the content presented during your visit. (Hard copies of materials are available free upon request.)
Small group activities, or station rotations (described below)
Lunch: College Panel question and answer session (dependent upon TCNJ student availability)
Afternoon: Action Plans – Students will identify problems in their school or community and work in small groups to draft an “action plan” on the cause of their choice. Examples of real young change makers are used to show a range approaches to educating or helping others.
Morning Activities (small group rotations)
Your group will participate in 5 small group activities before lunch. The following 4 activities are foundational to the objectives of the Kidsbridge curriculum. You will select a fifth activity from the “Additional Activities” list and designate it on the booking form.
All programs include the following activities:
1. Bias Awareness
Play the “Problem or Not” game to become a bias detective.
Refine your understanding of stereotypes and practice empathy.
2. Gender and LGBTQ Issues
Explore assumptions and clarify misunderstandings about all things “gender”. (Game)
Assess your school climate for LGBT students and families.
Note: Our emphasis is always on feelings, diverse families and respect for all people. We do not discuss the physical side of human sexuality.
3. Managing Feelings
Practice self-compassion, stress reduction and self-control through movement and mindfulness. These techniques can be used at anytime or anyplace.
4. Cyber Issues
What does your online profile look like?
Examine the habits, motivators and pitfalls on social media that may result in problems for you.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES — (Please choose one and designate it on the booking form.)
Use excerpts from television and magazines to examine the implications of exclusion, meanness and stereotypes in media.
-Genocide / Darfur:
Review the concept and history of genocide.
Practice empathy through contemplation of children’s experience (uses childrens’ drawings from Darfur).
Learn how to support affected people and advocate to prevent genocide in the future.
Explore commonalities among the worlds faith and wisdom traditions.
This activity highlights the universality of the Golden Rule.
Kidsbridge now offers a mobile outreach program to bring our small group, interactive learning model into your classroom. Our trained facilitators conduct sessions which include: small group activities, theater/role play, movement, journaling, and guided relaxation.
All programs include:
Pre-visit information via a Teacher’s Guide.
Post-visit activity: Conflict Resolution Puppets – This follow-up activity is a fun tool for further role play and problem-solving. Teachers receive skit scenarios and puppet show guidelines including a media literacy lesson on how to watch skits/TV/Internet programs respectfully.
Length of Program: 5 sessions which may be scheduled weekly, bi-weekly, or every 2 weeks.
Length of Sessions: 40-50 minutes
Class Size: Maximum 24 students
Note: Our facilitators may request assistance from the classroom teacher or other school staff. Guidelines for assistance will be provided.
- Introduce program core concepts including: UPstander behavior; handling feelings with movement, breathing, and guided meditation.
- UPstander Skills — Explore empathy & empowerment. Model practical, actionable strategies for dealing with bullying and cyber-bullying.
- Diversity Appreciation — Sharpen critical thinking skills relating to bias and stereotypes in order to inspire respect.
- Collaborating with Others — A literature-based activity promoting caring, empathy, and working together.
- Strengths & Teamwork — Discover strengths for personal empowerment; value others’ strengths and challenges.