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Unity Day Student Program
Contact Jennifer Ryle, Illinois State Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Unity Day focuses on the very sensitive issues of bullying, racism, sexism, alcohol and drug use, and mental health concerns. Our program asks schools to identify 100 students and 10 staff who are willing to work on these critically important issues. Each school will select a diverse group of students from different groups within the school to break down the walls of stereotypes and labels, and create a unified community. We ask administration to select staff and students who want to address the real problems students face in a supportive yearlong process. Unity Day is much more than a one-day commitment. Staff and students must commit to ongoing support group meetings to implement the plans created at Unity Day.

Throughout our Unity Day program we build connection, school bonding and genuine caring. We find that we are much more alike than we are different. We also come to a place where we respect and celebrate our differences. Throughout the day students and staff work in large and small group settings to teach each other and address the deepest concerns in their school. We learn we are not alone. We create a unified community. Students and staff leave Unity Day with a specific and concrete plan of action on how they will help administration address these concerns in their school.

Location Watseka, Illinois