JAECISM Not Racism 
This summer our South Unit implemented Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Street SMART initiative as a way to combat gun violence. Street SMART (Skills Mastery And Resistance Training) is a bullying prevention initiative with an emphasis on resiliency training to give Club members the skills they need to grow up confident, caring and responsible. As part of Street SMART, 8-year Club member and now Junior staff, JaeCis, created a program called “JAECISM Not Racism,” to teach inclusion to youth and teens throughout the community.

JAECISM stands for Justice, Accepting, Equality, Color, Inspirational, Successful Movement. During Pop-Up Clubs at Redmond Park this summer, kids played, received a free lunch and participated in JAECISM activities focusing on the importance of inclusion and acceptance of our differences. The idea came to JaeCis last spring when protesting was at a high across the nation. She saw the conflict and wanted to make a difference in her community by leading discussions with her peers about racism, responding to police, and connecting with others to be a voice in the community. Through peer discussions, JaeCis encourages teens to be upstanders by speaking up and living the JaeCism way.