After-School Mentors Teach Students About Bullying

by WHIZ Reporter on April 16, 2012 at 7:53 am

One local organization is teaching area kids how to deal with bullying.

Muskingum University’s Community Action Learning in Forensics program and the C.A.S.S./M.I.N.D. program teamed up to mentor and tutor at-risk youth at the John McIntire Library Monday Evening.

Student volunteers from Muskingum University performed skits aimed at educating students about bullying and ways to avoid becoming a victim.

M.I.N.D. CEO Cassandra McDonald said the idea came about after one of the students reported being bullied.

"Education is the key to everything. Sometimes things are happening to you, and you don’t even realize you’re being bullied, and the bully doesn’t realized that they’re bullying. So that needs to be defined, because everyone should be respected, and they deserve to be treated well."

The program is it it’s second year of existence mentoring students in grades 4-12.

McDonald said the overall goal is to build dreams, knowledge, curiosity and culture among youth in the program through resources as the library.

"What we’re trying to do is help three areas that we’re trying to concentrate on, literacy, the dropout rate and juvenile delinquency and we can do all three of those capsulization by coming here to the library, the greatest source in the world."

The program meets every Monday from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at the John McIntire Library.