On June 2, the Los Angeles area officially became part of The UNITY Lab's strategic growth effort. Time Warner Cable joined The UNITY Lab to bring inspirational programs to area schools. At Edison Middle School, 82 students participated in a series of activities designed to build connections and empathy among different individuals and groups of students.
As part of the Be the Change movement, The UNITY Lab brought Challenge Day to Edison to fulfill a vision where every child lives in a world where they feel safe, loved, and celebrated. This is especially important in an educational setting, where the success of each student depends on a safe and secure learning environment.
The 82 Edison students and 25 teachers, parents, administrators and elected officials whoattended Challenge Day went through a powerfully emotional process that highlighted the difficulties facing many students as a consequence ofteasing, bullying, and violence. Because of this, Edison students were challenged to make one daily conscious, positive act of change in their school or community. The results were transformational. Students feel more free to express their true selves and can relinquish self-limiting thoughts, beliefs, and emotions-instead of hiding who they are to fit in.
Thanks to the collaborative effort between The UNITY Lab and Time Warner Cable, the students and faculty of Edison Middle School plan to bring Challenge Day back next year, with the entire school's participation. For more information, contact our Director of Education and Evaluation, Edith Crawford.