Students from Durfee High School and Bishop Connelly High School attended the first of five sessions that will be provided to various groups of youth around the city to learn how to confront discrimination and prejudice in their own lives and the lives of their fellow students held on November 30, 2016 at the Fall River Boys and Girls Club. The training is a project of United Neighbors of Fall River and Partners and was led by Social Capital Inc. AmeriCorps Jay Wong who took the group through a series of exercises that illustrated examples of bias that they encounter and then asked them to think of a variety of strategies to effectively confront those situations. Once they complete the training, students will be taking an active role within their schools and organizations to make a difference in how people respond to instances of prejudice and discrimination. Click here for a 12-minute video of part of the discussion. Click here for photos of another Confronting Discrimination training group held at the Boys and Girls Club earlier in the month. For more information, contact Jay Wong at 508-324-7900. 

(Top row) Project sponsor and Executive Director of United Neighbors of Fall River, Wendy Garf-Lipp, left, talks about some of the situations of discrimination that people commonly confront as Project Leader Jay Wong, right, listens at the event held at the Fall River Boys and Girls Club. (Row two) Fall River City Councilor Richard Cabeceiras talks about the importance of the project with Jay Wong, Sean Connell, Eric Poulin of the Bristol County District Attorney's Office and Wendy Garf-Lipp. (Row three) Mr. Poulin and Ms. Garf-Lipp look over a questionnaire  as retired Durfee teacher Susan Phenix responds to students Eliominia Pires and Da'nasia Norwood as they look over the questionnaire. (Row four) Councilor Cabeceiras responds to Sean Connell as Ethan Botelho looks over the questionnaire. (Bottom row) Nick Simbro and Project Leader Jay Wong listen to Sean Connell during the  discussion. 

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