Keynote

Recommended Audience

College-aged students, educators, freshman orientation and campus student groups.

Prerequisite

None

Logistics

A 60 minute multi-media presentation delivered by one certified Rachel's Challenge presenter at your site.

Program Description

The inspiring story of Rachel Scott whose example of kindness and acceptance was brought to light when she became the first victim in the Columbine High School tragedy. Conveyed through stories from Rachel's life and writings, this keynote address shows the profound positive impact we can have on those around us. The presentation demonstrates to the listener the power of deliberately reaching out in word and action to others to start what Rachel called "a chain reaction of kindness and compassion." It encourages participants to examine their own lives in the light of the following five challenges.

Challenges

  1. Look for the Best in Others
  2. Continue to Dream
  3. Be a Positive Influence
  4. Speak and Act with Kindness
  5. Start your own Chain Reaction

Outcomes

Rachel's Challenge motivates each individual to consider where they are personally in relation to the five challenges. It also prompts the listener to reflect on their relationship with and impact on the people around them. Additionally, Rachel's Challenge renews the participants hope that their life has purpose through service to others. Rachel's story gives participants permission to start their own chain reaction of kindness and compassion, which positively affects the climate on campus or in the organization.

Training

Student/Faculty Training (90 minutes)

Training starts with a limited, yet powerful, time of sharing about what the keynote meant to participants and what it could mean to the campus community as a whole. By expanding on the principles of respect and compassion initiated in the prerequisite keynote address, instructors use multi-media and hands-on exercises to encourage participants to incorporate positive strategies and behaviors into their personal, school and work lives. Then the training moves into a discussion of practical ways that kindness, respect and inclusiveness can be infused into this particular campus; with a focus on strategies and tactics that promote an environment that is less prone to harassment, bullying, and violence.

Adult Chain Reaction

Program Name

Chain Reaction – Adult

Recommended Audience

Adults 18 years and up

Prerequisite

Rachel's Challenge prior to, or incorporated into, this program.

Logistics

6 hours, including break for lunch, in a dedicated space where participants won’t be interrupted. Training is presented by two certified Rachel's Challenge presenters. Some program support materials will be provided by the host.

Program Description

Chain Reaction is a six-hour, intensive, interactive training that consists of:

  1. Teaching and processing segments
  2. Physical activities
  3. Full- and small-group sharing

Chain Reaction includes a cross section of your organization's population represented by 80-125 adults, one-quarter who will be small group leaders. It is designed to promote personal introspection, understanding of others, community building and empowerment. This is accomplished by focusing on the following themes:

Topics

  1. Our Words Have Power – To Hurt or Heal
  2. Hugs – Appropriate Touch
  3. Take Off your Mask – Be Who You Really Are
  4. You are Not Alone – We All Have Shared Experiences
  5. Today is YOUR Chain Reaction Moment

Outcomes

Participants understand their personal identity, power and uniqueness. They learn that they are not personally defined by their circumstances and experiences. Participants also come to understand that despite their personal uniqueness they share experiences with many others in the room. Barriers among the participants are broken down by the realization that through these shared experiences they are not alone.