“Youth, when faced with conflict, will use the skills acquired from Take Ten to successfully resolve conflict nonviolently.”
“To promote choices and strategies that cultivate nonviolent communities.”
What is Take Ten?
Take Ten is a skills-based conflict resolution program that provides youth and adults with positive alternatives to violence and encourages them to think before they act, building their capacity to make more informed choices when faced with a conflict. Rather than respond violently to conflict, we encourage people to “Talk it Out, Walk it Out, or Wait it Out!” “Take Ten deep breaths...” rather than say something that hurts. Or “Take Ten steps back...” rather than getting involved in a fight. Or “Take Ten seconds to think...” about what you are doing rather than using something as a weapon.
To do this we recruit volunteers from:
- University of Notre Dame
- Saint Mary's College
- Holy Cross College
- Indiana University of South Bend
- Ivy Tech
- Bethel University
- Interested community citizens
“Many who live with violence day in and day out assume that it is an
intrinsic part of the human condition. But this is not so. Violence can be prevented.”
In 1995, Anne Parry, with the city of Chicago, decided to address the issue of school violence with a fresh approach. She created Take Ten – a slogan that encouraged children and adults to TALK IT OUT, WALK IT OUT, WAIT IT OUT rather than engage in violent behavior. The slogan aimed at teaching participants to: Take ten deep breaths instead of saying something that hurts; take ten steps back rather than getting involved in a fight; and take ten seconds to cool off instead of using something as a weapon.
Take Ten has become a skills-based program which teaches conflict resolution, bullying prevention and the tools to make peaceful choices. The evolution from slogan to successful curriculum that operates in schools and other sites throughout the greater South Bend-Mishawaka area and in several places beyond central Indiana has been an organic one based on word of mouth and many successes. Take Ten provides youth and adults necessary skills to work through conflict in peaceful ways, thus building capacity to make better, more positive choices. Take Ten impacts bullying and violence in this way.
Take Ten’s founding quote, from Nelson Mandela, is “many who live with violence day in and day out assume that it is an intrinsic part of the human condition. But this is not so. Violence can be prevented.”