Humor and Realistic Actions Add up to Big Change
“We’re not looking for you to change who you are. This is a ‘no personal growth’ opportunity. But you can take the action that ends emotional and physical violence in your community.”
That was Dorothy Edwards’ message as she visited with nearly 650 students and community members in October. Green Dot is all about using actions you are comfortable with when you see a person’s behavior that may be harming someone else. Whether it is a fifth grader watching a classmate get bullied, a high school student who is worried his friend’s girlfriend is way too possessive, or an adult whose coworker is making racist remarks, Green Dot provides a “toolbox” of ideas for checking in or ending the situation.
“If you’re a shy person, I’m not asking you to stop being shy. You are probably not going to feel comfortable walking right into a situation and saying something directly. But maybe you’d be willing to get your extrovert friend who will. Or maybe you can create a distraction. I had one college student who couldn’t walk up to call out a fraternity brother he saw isolating a girl at a party, but he went over and told the guy his car was being towed. It was the time her friends needed to get her out and home. That’s what we’re talking about here.”
Dorothy also advocates checking in when you are unsure about a situation. “Something as simple as ‘are you ok?’ or ‘we’ve been worried about you lately’ gives a person the chance to talk about what is happening.”
Hear Dorothy in person in this video from The Liberty Theatre. We’d love to conduct a Green Dot workshop for your group – contact Darrel Harris to learn more! Darrel@theadvocatesorg.org, 208.788.4191.