Take Ten program publishes second book on conflict resolution

Author: Shannon Chapla


Local youths in the Robinson Community Learning Center’s (RCLC) Take Ten program will sign copies of the second book they have written and illustrated from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 20) at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.

Titled,“The Take Ten Crew and the High School Dance Faceoff,”the book underscores the importance of resolving conflict peacefully and will be available for purchase, with a percentage of the proceeds to be donated to the Take Ten program.In 2007, the program published its first book, titled"The Take Ten Crew and the Three O’clock Fight."

Chief Darryl Boykins of the South Bend Police Department and Lynn Coleman, assistant to South Bend Mayor Steve Luecke, as well as one of the youths who worked on the book will speak at the event, which is part of the bookstore’s Community Open House Celebration.

An initiative of the RCLC, Take Ten encourages young people to"Talk it out, walk it out, and wait it out"as a means to resolve conflicts peacefully.The program reaches some 7,000 children at 14 schools, the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, all Boys and Girls Club sites, and community centers through the assistance of more than 120 volunteers from Notre Dame and four other local colleges.

The RCLC is a community-driven education center sponsored by Notre Dame.In addition to the violence prevention initiative, the center offers a number of programs and activities sponsored by local agencies and organizations, including health education and screenings, GED and English-as-a-second-language classes, children’s programming, youth tutoring and after-school programs. It also features a Computer Teaching and Learning Center, which is equipped with 20 computers and provides instruction and Internet and e-mail access.

The book was funded by the Indiana Arts Commission through the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and the Asante Foundation.It is priced at $3, and in addition to being available at the Hammes Bookstore, can be purchased at the Robinson Center or on-line at http://rclc.nd.edu/programs/take-ten..

_ Contact: Ellen Kyes, RCLC, 574-631-9424,_ " kyes.1@nd.edu ":mailto:kyes.1@nd.edu


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