ReDo Day is a powerful, high-energy program in which student and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning processes.
The program is designed to unite members of the school and community to carry forth the message of respect and caring for all. ReDo helps students (and even adult volunteers) develop a sense of just how similar we all are as human beings, as opposed to how different we are. The overall goals of the ReDo program are:
- To embrace diversity
- To increase personal power and self-acceptance
- To shift negative peer pressure to positive peer support
- To eliminate the acceptability of bullying behavior (mistreatment of others, violence and all forms of oppression)
Currently, we have a program designed for junior high school students* (7th and 8th grade) and one designed for high school students (9th-12th grade). The goals and overall message of the programs are the same, however, the talks and structure of the day differ so that the material is presented in a way that is age appropriate. The programs are different enough that if a student attended our junior high program, they would still find the high school program to be a new and beneficial experience.
*NOTE: for the junior high program, the male and females students are separated so there would be two separate events.
Through a series of storytelling, small group sharing sessions and large group participatory activities. Three presenters will come and lead the event, sharing their own stories and facilitating the day.
ReDo Day is a catalyst for positive change in school communities. At the end of ReDo Day, the students are asked to develop a Take Action Plan to help them move forward with positive behaviors that both give and get respect. Once a school has hosted a ReDo Day, the Respect in Action: Next Step program will be made available for the school to use.
The maximum number of students per event is 200, with a recommendation of having between 115 and 165 per event. The minimum number of students is 80 per event. ReDo works best when the small groups are around 4-5 students per group with 1 adult volunteer per group.
Most schools choose to hold the event in their gymnasium. The venue needs to be an open space that can comfortably fit all the students and the adult volunteers. Each student and adult volunteer will need to have their own chair and there should be enough room in the venue for all of the chairs to be lines up in a large rectangle for full-group activities.
A single ReDo Day event for your school is $2500. If you decide to host multiple events (to put an entire grade through, or for the junior high boys and girls days) there will be a 20% discount for every subsequent event.
Hosting ReDo Day
The first thing to do is to fill out the Registration form here. Once that's completed, your ReDo Coordinator will confirm the dates you chose in a email. Once the dates are set, you will receive a Planning ReDo List with the steps to take and a link to documents that will help you as you plan.
Volunteers can be teachers, school administrators, guidance counselors, community counselors, community members, or anyone else who is willing to spend several hours investing in students' lives.
We do recommend reaching out to local organizations such as Optimists Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, etc... to find volunteers and to pursue partnership opportunities.
ReDo requires a 6:1 student to adult ratio. If it is 2 weeks before your event and you do not have enough volunteers, contact your ReDo Day coordinator and they will send out a notice to their volunteer base. If you do not have enough volunteers to cover that ratio, we highly recommend that you postpone your event.
Schools are responsible for lunch. Most school's choose to provide pizza and drinks for the students and volunteers. Some school's choose to provide lunch just for the adult volunteers and require the students to pack a lunch. If you are asking your students to pack their lunches, please be diligent in reminding them that it is required. On ReDo Day, students will need to bring their lunch to the gym with them.
We have found that it is disruptive for students to have to leave the ReDo area to purchase their lunch from the cafeteria.
All materials needed for the ReDo Day event will be provided by the presenters. The one thing we do recommend purchasing, though, is Kleenex. It's a good idea to have 6-10 boxes on hand.
It's best to have all of the chairs lined up in a large rectangle around the gym. There should be a chair for every student and adult volunteer. There will also need to be two tables set up, with 4 chairs, for the presenters to use.
We also recommend having sign-in tables for the students set up outside the gym and one sign-in table for the adult volunteers set up inside the gym. After the program begins, these can be converted to lunch tables.
No. The ReDo presenters will set up a sound system when they arrive.
Payment is required, in full, on the date of your ReDo event. In some cases, a two-week grace period will be given if arranged ahead of time and agreed to by your ReDo coordinator. Any late payments will be subject to an additional fee.
You may choose to pay the entire amount on the day of your first ReDo event, or you may choose to pay for each event separately.
We accept both. If writing a check, please make it payable to: ARC Shelter of Warren County (this is the Violence Free Coalitions parent organization).
At this time, the Violence Free Coalition does not have grants available for ReDo. However, we have found that there are many local organizations that either have mini-grants that can be applied for, or who are willing to become financial partners. We recommend reaching out to local clubs (i.e. Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, etc...), mental health services providers and faith-based organizations to look for financial aid.