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

Read/download flyerThe 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 are available for free to school, church, work, family, and community groups to read and study together. The purpose of this give-away is to increase knowledge about the mechanics of the bullying dynamic and positive parenting skills, and to build connection and support among Oakland's parents. The de-centralized nature of the project allows 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 the bullying dynamic. The book teaches parents how to imbue their children with this quality. LISTEN to the Zorgos PSA!

The Bullying Antidote provides a well-researched understanding of the problem of bullying—which reaches from schoolyards to jails and boardrooms alike—and a how-to guide for transforming the problem by creating healthy families. In addition to guidelines for handling bullying, and insight into how schools handle bullying, the book provides a wealth of information on everything from power dynamics to communication skills to brain science to handling technology appropriately. Readers will gain an understanding of how certain "good-enough" parenting styles contribute to the problem, and how ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) affect all of our lives.

Participating Communities:

 1st Covenant Church of OaklandAllen Temple Girl Scouts • Bay Area PLAN • Berkeley Rose SchoolBret Harte Middle SchoolCalifornia PE Teachers (training)CAPP program (The Flourishing Center)Community School for Creative EducationCorpus Christi School & ChurchEBCRSEnvision AcademyFaith NetworkFamily First FoundationGlenview Day SchoolHighland CDCHorace Mann ElementaryImpact Hub OaklandJoaquin Miller Elementary SchoolKidPowerLaurel ElementaryLazear ElementaryMarcus Foster InstituteMelrose Community CouncilMelrose Leadership Academy  • Montera Middle SchoolOakland Parents Together • Oakland Peace Center • Oakland Police Department (Schools team) • Oakland TechOakland Tech FootballOUSD School Board Peralta ElementaryPleasant New Beginning ChurchSan Leandro SPED • Soul Shoppe • St. Jarlath's School & ChurchSt. Theresa School/ChurchStudio OneThe Liminal CenterThe Mosaic ProjectWestlake Middle School (partial list)

Aspects of the project include:

Available as printed or ebook

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  • Request Books here!
  • Speakers are available to present to parent groups
  • Volunteers are welcome and needed! Contact info@zorgosproject.org
  • MAYORAL PROCLAMATION! OCTOBER 15TH IS "ZORGOS DAY!"

For more information, see http://www.zorgosproject.org.

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