The mission of The Zorgos Project is to a) build & strengthen supportive parent networks in Oakland, and b) expand/grow positive psychology through parent leadership
Read ~ Learn ~ Share
REDUCE BULLYING & CREATE FRIENDSHIPS ~ REDUCE FEAR & GROW PATHWAYS TO LOVE ~ CREATE ACTION, NOT REACTION
The Zorgos Project is a city-wide reading group of The Bullying Antidote by Oakland authors Dr. Louise Hart and Kristen Caven, In 2015, 3000 copies were donated to Oakland Parents Together (OPT) by the publisher, Hazelden/Betty Ford. The books were made available for free to school, church, work, family, and community groups to read and study together. The purpose of this give-away was to increase knowledge about the mechanics of bullying dynamics and teach positive parenting skills, as well as to build literarcy, connection and support among Oakland's parents. The de-centralized nature of the project allowed readers to self-pace using the author's discussion guide.
Zorgos, which is esperanto for “I will take care,” is a nickname the authors gave to the positive personal power that transcends and prevents the bullying dynamic. The book shows parents how to model and teach their children this quality. LISTEN to the Zorgos PSA!
The Bullying Antidote provides a well-researched understanding of the problem of bullying—which reaches from schoolyards and jails to boardrooms and politics—and a how-to guide for transforming the problem in a generation by creating healthy families and preventing ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). In addition to guidelines for handling bullying, and insight into how schools handle bullying, the book provides a wealth of information on everything from family power dynamics to communication skills to brain science to handling technology appropriately. Readers gain an understanding of how mainstream "good-enough" parenting styles contribute to the problem.
The Zorgos Project will culminate in a de-centralized event during National Bullying Month, "Zorgos Day Everywhere." An awards ceremony will honor individuals who are getting bully prevention right in Oakland with the Zorgos Awards, and celebrate the Mayoral proclamation ! We hope the legacy of this event will be a synergetic alliance between community organizations as we embrace the inspiring energetic shift to the possibilities of positivity.
Reading Communities (partial list)
1st Covenant Church of Oakland • Allen Temple Girl Scouts • Attitudinal Healing Connection • Bay Area PLAN • Berkeley Rose School • Bret Harte Middle School • Burkhalter Preschool • California PE Teachers (training) • CAPP program (The Flourishing Center) • Community School for Creative Education • Corpus Christi School & Church • East Bay Church of Religious Science* • Envision Academy • Faith Network • Family First Foundation • First Christian Church of Oakland • Glenview Day School • Highland CDC • Horace Mann Elementary • Impact HUB Oakland • Joaquin Miller Elementary School • Kiwanis Club • KidPower • Laurel Elementary • Lazear Elementary • Marcus Foster Institute • Melrose Community Council • Melrose Leadership Academy • Montera Middle School • New Jim Crow Movement • Niroga Institute • Nonviolent Communication & Empathic Counseling • Oakland Natives Give Back • Oakland Parents Together* • Oakland Peace Center • Oakland Police Department (Schools) • Oakland Tech • Oakland Tech Football • OUSD School Board • Parable of Sower Intentional Community • Peralta Elementary • Peter Pan Cooperative Nursery School • Pleasant New Beginning Church • San Leandro SPED • Seeds of Awareness • Soul Shoppe • St. Jarlath's School & Church • St. Theresa School/Church • Studio One • Tapestry Ministries • The Liminal Center • The Mosaic Project • United Roots (Youth Impact HUB) • Upward Roots • Westlake Middle School
Aspects of the project include:
- The Zorgos Reader—a wealth of information, from resources mentioned in The Bullying Antidote to postings from around the web with the latest positive progress on this problem. Subscribe for updates!
- The Zorgos Project: Discussion Guide for The Bullying Antidote: A 44-page booklet that includes Guidelines, Group Norms, Icebreakers, Sign-in Sheet, "What to Do When" handout, Discussion Questions, and Certificate of Completion. Paperback or digital.
- A free online version of the discussion guide
- A worldwide call for artists to jam on the word "Zorgos!"
- Presentations and author appearances
- Nationally published articles & interviews
- Request Books here!
- Speakers are available to present to parent groups
- Volunteers are welcome and needed! Contact email@example.com
- MAYORAL PROCLAMATION! OCTOBER 15TH IS "ZORGOS DAY!"
For more information, see http://www.zorgosproject.org.