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


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.

The Zorgos Project will culminate in a symposium and awards ceremony at Oakland Peace Center focusing on what Oakland is getting right in bully prevention, as well as a celebration of the Mayoral proclamationart projects for kids (and creative adults), and recognition of local social-emotional heroes with the Zorgos AwardsThe legacy of this event will be a synergetic alliance between community organizations as we embrace the inspiring energetic shift to the possibilities of positivity. 

Participating Communities (partial list)

 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 & ChurchEast Bay Church of Religious Science* • Envision AcademyFaith NetworkFamily First Foundation • First Christian Church of Oakland • Glenview Day SchoolHighland CDCHorace Mann ElementaryImpact HUB OaklandJoaquin Miller Elementary School • Kiwanis Club • KidPowerLaurel ElementaryLazear ElementaryMarcus Foster InstituteMelrose Community CouncilMelrose Leadership Academy  • Montera Middle SchoolOakland Parents Together* • Oakland Peace Center • Oakland Police Department (Schools) • Oakland Tech • Oakland Peace Center • Oakland Tech FootballOUSD School Board Peralta Elementary • Peter Pan Cooperative Preschool • Pleasant New Beginning ChurchSan Leandro SPED • Seeds of Awareness • Soul Shoppe • St. Jarlath's School & ChurchSt. Theresa School/ChurchStudio One • Tapestry Ministries • The Liminal CenterThe Mosaic Project • United Roots (Youth Impact HUB) • Upward Roots • Westlake Middle School 

Aspects of the project include:

Available as printed or ebook


  • Request Books here!
  • Speakers are available to present to parent groups
  • Volunteers are welcome and needed! Contact

For more information, see

Press Release