the iHALT Movement
As the owner of four small businesses in Virginia's Central Shenandoah Valley, I clucked my tongue, shook my head in dismay and recoiled as I watched news stories unfolding in all too frequent succession between August 2014 and the spring of 2015, depicting the shootings of youth and police, and the looting and rioting that were tearing apart communities. I responded enthusiastically when Jim, my husband, challenged me one evening to use my educational experience to develop a curriculum for a program that would teach at-risk youth lessons in civility that have somehow escaped our American culture, and that would simultaneously help police and other first responders come to better know and understand the people they serve, all in an effort to humanize the badge, restore civility, teach mutual respect, and save lives. From those observations and that challenge issued in our living room, iHalt was born.
iHALT is a grassroots movement that places together after school program kids and youths in grades K-12 and police, fire and rescue personnel in non-threatening environments to move through a fun-filled, learing-based curriculum designed to teach the basic lessons of human civility and respect and in the process, humanize the badge and reveal new levels of understanding of the commuities and peoples that these first responders serve.
Working together, after school programs across America, such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Parks & Rec departments and others, civic and community organizations, local governments and businesses, and their first responders have what it takes to restore civility in our town, cities, and communities and prevent the loss of youths and first responders, law enforcement in particular. Together, we can make a powerful, positive difference in our country!
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