Racial Harmony is a not–for–profit 501(C) (3) community organization dedicated to making a difference through mediation, teaching, training, and cooperative learning. To facilitate this, Racial Harmony offers the following services:
- Harmony Dinners
- Youth Development Activities (Annual Gathering)
- Conflict Resolution and Meditation
- Speakers Bureau
- Youth-to-Youth Program
- Bibliography of Multicultural Resources
Racial Harmony Partnerships:
- Area Schools, Churches, & Neighborhood Associations
- Belleville Achieves Strength in Character
- Belleville Human Relations Commission
- Belleville Chamber of Commerce
Racial Harmony Youth Award Gathering
Youth to Youth
“Youth to Youth” is a program designed to foster open, honest conversations among youth that discuss real issues between and among their peers. Youth to Youth encourages team building, promotes high self-esteem and leadership skills, increases problem solving skills and provides an environment to express one’s self in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
One of the organization’s major initiatives has been facilitating the community effort to narrow or eliminate the educational achievement gap between majority and minority students. Following Judge Milton Wharton’s lead, The Educational Disparity Gap Elimination (EDGE) initiative was born.
Committees were formed around a multifaceted approach to addressing the problem. The committees were divided into three categories: Pre-school through third grade; Middle school (4th-8th grades); and High School (9th – 12th grades). An action plan was developed and meetings were held with area school superintendents; religious leaders; parents and students; the business community; and law enforcement. A tutorial assistance program in area high schools has been developed due in part to this effort. This is an ongoing program and Racial Harmony, a third party neutral organization, will continue to maintain its role in facilitating the EDGE initiative.
Presentations and Collaborations
The annual Racial Harmony Gathering honors area kindergarten and elementary through high school students who consistently demonstrate outstanding character traits. They are nominated by their teachers and counselors for exhibiting peacemaking skills; promoting goodwill and harmonious interaction among their peers.
The Gathering also honors select individuals for their outstanding service toward betterment of the community.