Volunteers Needed for ID Project & Be the Difference Program in February

Volunteers are needed for the ID Project at Creekside and Crossroads middle schools and/or the Be the Difference program at the High School in February.  You are welcome to volunteer for as many days as possible, but we do ask that if you sign up, you must be able to attend the entire day.  While many reading this have volunteered in the past, below is information about this program for individuals who are unfamiliar.  Please also share this with any organization or person that might be willing to help promote this and/or send volunteers.

Program Dates/Times: 

ID Project for Creekside Middle School:  February 10, 2020 (7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)

ID Project for Crossroads Middle School:  February 11, 2020 (7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)

Be the Difference for Fairfield High School:  February  4, 5, 6, 2020  (7:30-2:30)

The impact this program can have was captured by the Oprah Winfrey Show a few years ago.  Check out some video clips by clicking the following link: https://www.challengeday.org/videos/oprah/

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Jeff Madden, FCSD Director of Student Services at madden_jeff@fairfieldcityschools.com  Please include the date or dates you are able to commit.

Background information on the Programs:

The programs “Be the Difference” for sophomores and “The ID Project” for 7th graders are one-day anti-bullying seminars for students that help them develop a deeper understanding of their behavior and how it impacts those around them.  During the day, students discover the struggles of their classmates, they open up and listen to their friends, and begin to gain a greater level of empathy for their peers.  It’s an emotional day for our staff, students, and the volunteers who participate. It’s also an inspiring day for kids and adults, as everyone walks away with a renewed sense of purpose and belonging.  

You will notice there are five days of possible participation: two dates for our middle schools and three dates for the high school.  Anyone interested in volunteering is able to participate in as few, (one day) or as many (five days) days as they want.  We have a need for over 300 volunteers to cover the five days!  If you do volunteer, it is a commitment for the entire day, as you will work in small groups periodically with the same students throughout the day. 

The good news for our volunteers is they don’t have to prepare prior to the event. It’s a matter of showing up with a positive attitude and being ready to work with our youth.  The program is facilitated by an outside agency called “ChangePoint.” They guide our students and volunteers in the activities and discussions throughout the day.  We will also provide a free lunch (pizza).  Visit www.thechangepoint.com for more information.

Anyone who has worked with youth in any capacity will make a great volunteer.

As the date approaches and a firm list of volunteers is formed, We will give specific information about the day.  In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact Jeff Madden at madden_jeff@fairfieldcityschools.com with any questions.



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