At The3PointFoundation, our anti-violence curriculum started in February 2020.  We worked closely this term with the Boston Police Department and its School Police Unit to explore with our students how they defined and experienced violence in their lives and their community, and to give voice to solutions.

During the first six weeks in the classroom, 3Point students defined violence and identified its various forms. They thought about what they could do about violence and reflected on the role of values in reducing and preventing violence. They shared their thoughts and feelings. When we started our programming virtually, after the schools closed, once we established a structured schedule, and made sure that the youth were feeling safe and connected, we resumed our curriculum.

 The BPD School Unit Police, as partners in the program, engaged our youth in discussions about violence in which the youth had to critically think about what was acceptable and what was not; the social emotional discomfort around snitching; and the need to protect one’s family, and bullying.

The attached letters reflect the work of The3PointFoundation’s students. The letters were sent to Boston Mayor Walsh, BPD Commissioner Willie Gross, BPD Superintendent Nora Baston and City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George.

We are proud of our students’ hard work, critical thinking, focus on solutions, and compassion. 


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