Just a few minutes experiencing ostracism or rejection causes people to report a reduced sense of self-esteem, self-control, belonging and meaningful existence.
In 2015, 28 percent of 12- to 18-year old students reported being bullied at school, and one in 10 students in the U.S. drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
Rejection can create surges of anger and aggression; correlations exist between peer rejection and higher rates of delinquency, arrest, violent behavior and substance abuse.
The Indiana Youth Institute, Boys and Girls Club of Crawford and Harrison Counties and Purdue Extension of Harrison County are hosting a special training session to help caring adults in the community learn about the effects of rejection and ostracism, and ways to overcome and prevent violence and tragedy.
The workshop is on Wednesday, January 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Purdue Extension, 247 Atwood Street in Corydon.
Annette Lawler and Rebecca Wilkins, extension educators at Purdue Extension of Harrison County will be facilitating a discussion in conjunction with a film screening.
The documentary film “Reject” takes an in-depth look at the science of social rejection, with a solution-oriented focus on the roots of bullying behavior and violent behavior against the self or others.
The film includes commentary from experts in psychology, education, medicine, neuroscience, and juvenile justice who have studied rejection in their respective fields.
As part of IYI’s Youth Worker Café program, the seminar and lunch are free, but reservations are required. Attendees may RSVP by going to www.iyi.org/ywc.
Please contact IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones at [email protected] for registration issues. For more information about the event, attendees may contact IYI Southwest Senior Outreach Manager Joe Shrode at [email protected].
Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children. If South Harrison Community School Corporation is closed due to weather, this event will be rescheduled to a later date.