Teens, who attend MPOWRD meetings, are not only committed to the peers within group meetings, but become advocates for their communities.
Here are some examples of teen impact!
#1 Lunch Watch!
Teens report that the greatest fear for this population is being “alone”. To attend a day at school and have no sense of community is devastating. Loneliness is an invasive emotion affecting academic performance, positive decisions and health choices. The answer is inclusion, a sense of community, a new sense of purpose.
During lunch hour, teens decided to be pro-active and watch for those students who ate alone. Teens would make an effort to approach these individuals, introduce themselves, and invite them to share lunch with their group. Teens are asked to join the group any and every day and are invited to attend the next MPOWRD meet with them as well.
#2 Teen Support!
Many times teens feels that there is no one who will listen, who cares and who understands their pain. MPOWRD teens decided to make more of an effort to take note of others in crisis. They wanted to make some type of effort to support them. Some would choose to write a person a note to simply say “I Care”. Others would make a point of saying hi in the hallways or ask them if they were ok. If the person seemed really upset, the teens contacted a favorite counselor and asked them to check in with this student.
They were committed to making sure that when someone needed support, it was available to them by teens reaching out to teens.
#3 CYBER MPOWRD
Teens from several schools put together an anti-bullying campaign, complete with testimonies from teens from various schools and backgrounds. Each person told a story from their point of view and encouraged teens to support each other. This video is available on the first page of this website.
#4 MPOWRD Panels
One of the main reasons that this organization was re-branded to MPOWRD was because teens realized that they not only needed a voice, but that voice needed to move past their groups and into the community.
Teens wanted to speak in behalf of MPOWRD, its impact and its significance within this generation.
Schools are able to ask teens and teen panels to represent them in board meetings, teacher workshops, parent groups, etc. No one can teach the value of MPOWRD nor have the impact upon community engagement like MPOWRD teens!