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Fayetteville Students Participate in Nonviolence Youth Summit Part III

 

Students from across Northwest Arkansas, including 125 students from Fayetteville Public Schools, recently participated in Nonviolence Youth Summit Part III, a program sponsored by the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission with the assistance of the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The program is designed to encourage youth to engage in positive leadership development and roles within their communities.

 

View a slideshow of the summit here.

 

Speakers at the general session included State Senator Sue Madison, Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Papa Rap, and a 10-year-old motivational speaker from Little Rock, Kaylon Smith. After listening to the speakers in the general session, students went to breakout sessions on different subjects, such as “The Anatomy of a Leader,” “Scholarship Seminar,” and “Gangs and Racial Profiling in the State of Arkansas.”

 

“The goal of the program is to teach students to be positive, follow Dr. King’s dream, study, and do the right thing,” said FPS Associate Superintendent for Elementary Education and NWA MLK Committee President John L Colbert.

 

FHS teacher Connie Crisp said that her students enjoyed the conference, and added, "I have some students who would like to be part of the planning of future conferences and they have some great ideas. They would like to see a conference in NWA every year."

 

The all-day event included lunch and time for students to socialize with peers from other school districts. Each student received a certificate for attending the conference.

 

Students from Ramay Junior High, McNair Middle School, Fayetteville High School, and Holcomb, Leverett, and Washington Elementary schools were invited to the summit. Each school used a different method to select students to attend – some invited student council members, others invited service teams or student leaders, and some chose different grade levels.

 

This is the third year the summit has been held, and the first time it has been held in Northwest Arkansas.

 

Six Principles of Nonviolence

 

Principle 1: Nonviolence is a Way of Life for Courageous People

Principle 2: Nonviolence Seeks to Win Friendship and Understanding

Principle 3: Nonviolence Seeks to Defeat Injustice Not People

Principle 4: Nonviolence Holds that Suffering Can Educate and Transform

Principle 5: Nonviolence Chooses Love Instead of Hate

Principle 6: Nonviolence Believes that the Universe is on the Side of Justice