LivingSidebySide® Programs

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LivingSidebySide® (LSBS) transforms attitudes and behavior in the classroom, school, and community laying a foundation for success. The program utilizes a values-based approach through which small changes can create a “safe space” and yield significant results.

It is an experiential and interactive evidence-based program that fosters leadership and social cohesion—(inter-racial, inter-ethnic, inter-religious, gender, and disabilities)—all that appears as ‘different’. Its goal is to provide the motivation and the means to change attitudes and behavior.

Legacy’s methodology supports a wide range of social/emotional learning competencies in a unified fashion to build character, provide tools for preventing and resolving conflict, diffuse difficult behaviors, promote inclusivity, and promote civic engagement. These complementary elements target a single aim – turning classrooms and communities into safer places for academic performance, social/emotional learning, productive interaction, and equity and justice.

Its flexible training models include complete manuals for facilitators, worksheets for participants, custom-designed virtual, blended, and/or in-person training, and Basic and Advanced certification.

History

Developed and tested over three decades, LivingSidebySide® has been implemented with various racial, ethnic, religious, and economically diverse populations in the US, and with Israelis and Palestinians, Northern Irish Protestants and Catholics, Croats, Muslims, and Serbs from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and various groups from Russia, Nigeria, and Indonesia. It has also been implemented in 125 schools in New York City, 10 schools in the Kyrgyz Republic, yearly at Legacy’s Global Youth Village, and at Virginia Tech.

To bring LivingSidebySide® to your city, school district, organization, or country, please contact Marlene Ginsberg marlene@legacyintl.org for more information.

LivingSidebySide® Offerings:

  • Facilitating Change among diverse sectors of our Communities: community leaders, activists, law enforcement, religious and youth leaders, refugees, and others
  • Schools: (Afterschool and in school options) for the 36-hour LSBS program
    • middle school curriculum
    • high school curriculum
    • Professional Development for Educators and staff- One –six-day workshops
    • College and University: Nine-hour Dialogue training for students
  • Non Profits: Workshops to promote equity, teamwork, dignity, and empathy:
    • “Relationship Building Blocks”
    • “Facilitating Difficult Conversations”
    • “Conflict Prevention and Resolution”
    • “Youth -designed and led school and community projects”
  • Camps: full curriculum available with consultation;
    • Used yearly since 1983 at Legacy’s international summer camp: Global Youth Village
      • Legacy’s flagship program since 1979
      • 25 hours of LivingSidebySide® is included in the program.
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Lorraine “Dr. Rain” Warren, Ph.D. Dr. Rain’s career as a facilitator, educator, and trainer in peace-building, dialogue, and conflict mediation has spanned over 20 years and has taken her to over 100 countries around the world. Recently, she was honored with the Legacy International Humanitarian Award in acknowledgment of having directly impacted the lives of over 34,000 youth and the Josephine “Scout” Wollman Fuller Award, by Psychologists for Social Responsibility, recognizing her outstanding contributions to the advancement of peace and social justice. Dr. Lorraine “Rain” Warren, a LivingSidebySide® instructor for 20 years, shares her
views about the curriculum:

LivingSidebySide® is Evidence-Based:

Two international organizations, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the International Institute for Impact Evaluation (3IE) collaborated to conduct an external study of the LivingSidebySide® program in 2014-2016.

The International Institute for Impact Evaluation (3IE)

“Overall, the completed research is an extremely important contribution to social
science disciplines that focus on peacebuilding, conflict resolution
and/or reconciliation. It is also of great relevance and importance for policymakers and peace education practitioners.”  – 3IE

The Stockholm International Peace Research
Institute (SIPRI)

“Intention-to-treat effects show that participation in the LSBS programme is
robustly associated with increased levels of trust towards “seeing people for the
first time”. We believe this outcome is most closely related to what the
programme hopes to achieve: teaching young people to have an open mind
towards anyone that may be of a different ethnic, religious or cultural origin.”
(p. 5)

“Treatment students generally stated that they gained a new set of conflict-
resolution and mediation skills that allowed them to improve their relations with family members and other people.” (p. 39)

“…these results (trust towards the out-group, less bullying and fighting) are still
identified a year after the programme ended, which provides some confidence in
the sustainability of programme impacts in the medium term.”  (p. 44)

Additional Testimonials

OUTCOMES FROM SURVEYS, CONVERSATIONS, AND FOCUS GROUPS

  • LSBS Youths Speak
  • Teachers remarked on their own personal and professional growth. They said they are:
    • Applying methods among their families in addition to their students.
    • Clarifying their roles as women.
    • Challenging their own stereotypes.
    • Learning experiential methods that result in an improved learning environment.

Teachers, parents, and students stated that the relationships between child and parents at home had improved.

  • Teachers observed that their students:
    • Are less aggressive.
    • Have an increased awareness of the negative outcome of conflicts.
    • Were involved in fewer conflicts, and that in general, a more tolerant, respectful environment in the classroom has been created.
  • A parent, of her teenage son who had a history of truancy, stated:
    • “He attends school, regularly now; he helps at home, he stopped clashing with peers, he is kinder, more tolerant, and has more self-esteem. I don’t recognize my son”.
  • Students stated that:
    • They gained a new set of conflict-resolution and mediation skills
    • Their relations improved with family members and others
    • Conflicts decreased in schools
    • They improved academically and, they refrained from “useless” arguing or judging others based on outer appearance.

International Programs and Partners

  • Download  Kyrgyzstan (Details of the Pilot Program; seeking funds to nationalize the program in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Academy of Teacher Training); SIPRI Letter of Support
    • In-country representative: Asel Kuttubaeva: kuttubaeva@gmail.com, Bishkek
  • The Netherlands (under development)
    • In-country representative: Jeff Balch: balch25@gmail.com, Amsterdam
    • A. Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, in a letter, stressed the importance of education in the prevention of radicalism. “I value highly the work of Legacy International and wish you every success with your activities”.
    • Partner: Respect Education Foundation, Amsterdam

For programming in Nigeria and U.S., contact: Stella Abuah, stellaabuah07@yahoo.com

To bring LivingSidebySide® to your city, school district, organization, or country, please contact Marlene Ginsberg marlene@legacyintl.org for more information.