What Does a Virtual RESPECT Program Look Like?
If you’ve ever had a RESPECT program at your school or organization, you can probably conjure in your mind a visual of what the performance looked like: Three or four chairs lined up in the front of a gymnasium or auditorium or classroom. Tall banners with the RESPECT logo flanking each side. Actor-Educators interacting with each other and with the audience with lots of animation and expression. Panelists in the follow up talkback discussion looking through notecards anonymously turned in by students with questions. But most importantly, you can probably imagine the students and the intent looks on their faces as they follow the storylines of the educational play and playout their own scenarios and suggestions on stage. This might make you wonder, how is it at all possible for a RESPECT program to translate into a virtual experience?
We would be more than happy to show you! All of the features of the RESPECT program are fully intact, from informative and engaging theatrical performances to interactive student experiences. But we know it is hard to imagine how that could be, so please join us at our Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting on Thursday, March 11th at 9:00 a.m. over zoom. During this meeting, we will be previewing “Headlines of Hate,” a program for high school students based on actual bullying events from the last four years. Each of the characters face identity-based bullying and discrimination at their school, and participants learn how to identify this type of bullying, and how they can help in a situation. While this is a high school level program, attending the CAC meeting will help educators and youth serving professionals for all age levels see for themselves how a RESPECT program can integrate into their educational and mental health goals for students. You can join the meeting at https://zoom.us/j/91258590070. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we know to expect you.
Already seen a demonstration of RESPECT virtual programs? Our videos have received a facelift! Thanks to CARES stimulus funding administered by the Omaha Community Foundation, RESPECT received funding to upgrade our equipment to include new recording devices, green screens, lighting and more. Our recorded content now matches in style what it is does in substance and we can’t wait for you to take a look!
If you can’t make it to a CAC meeting, no problem! We will gladly setup a time to offer you or a group of colleagues a demonstration of our virtual programs and answer any questions that you have.