In a follow-up to a program created in the wake of the Rye school hazing incident last year, The Rye Youth Council is holding a program Wednesday to discuss "Civility in Rye". It is curious the announcement does not make explicit reference to the hazing incident – why is this?
An important conversation:
The Rye Youth Council invites all members of our community to participate in its second “Community Conversation” at the Community Synagogue on Wednesday, April 3 from 7pm to 8:30pm. “Civility in Rye” will be the theme of the discussion. Any member of the public interested in attending the meeting is urged to RSVP either by calling the Youth Council office at 967-3838 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is a follow-up to the first conversation that took place in mid-October, when more than 60 community leaders gathered to begin an honest and meaningful dialogue about the values in our community. A draft “Civility Statement” was created as a result of that meeting and can be viewed at www.ryeyouthcouncil.org. It will be shared and discussed on April 3. The goal of the evening will be to build community-wide support for this initiative and to find meaningful ways in which both individuals and organizations can promote and actualize civil behavior in all aspects of community life.
The following community organizations are supporters of the Civility Initiative:
Christ Church, Rye Community Synagogue, Midland School, Midland School PO, Milton School, Milton School PO, Osborn School, Osborn School PO, Church of the Resurrection, Resurrection School, Rye Board of Education, Rye City Council, Rye City School District, Rye Country Day School, Rye High School, Rye High School PO, Rye Middle School, Rye Middle School PO, Rye Police, Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye Presbyterian Nursery School, Rye Recreation, Rye School of Leadership, Rye YMCA, Rye Youth Council, Trinity Church. Any other local organization interested in adding their name to this list is asked to contact the Rye Youth Council.
RYE CIVILITY STATEMENT – DRAFT
The undersigned leaders and concerned members of the Rye community strive to promote respectful human relations and a culture of caring in all aspects of our community life.
We recognize the inherent rights and dignity of each person. We believe that all interpersonal exchanges, even adversarial ones, can be conducted with integrity and respect. We aspire to be part of a community that is rooted in respect, honesty, inclusion and cooperation.
We are aware that the success of maintaining a respectful community depends upon ongoing reflection and a commitment to recognize the inherent rights and dignity of each person, group, family, and organization.
We accept our obligation to hold ourselves and each other accountable for our behaviors. We commit to living as observable models of positive civic behavior.