Vaughn CollegeFebruary 24, 2012
Mission StatementWalk4Good is a growing community of kindness-drivenindividuals from all walks of life whose primary missi...
The NumbersIn a recent Good Housekeeping study, 77% of students said they had   been bullied. Think about it. Out of every...
Wake UpThis is your wake-up call. Today. Right now.We get one life. One go ‘round.How are you living your own life?
We’ll walk to inspire you.                    Christine and her dog Jessie                    will walk the 2,180 miles of...
The Hike           Christine and Jessie will depart in early             June to the Appalachian Trails             northe...
Let’s Talk Kindness
Kindness CountsWhat does Kindness Mean to You? • Compassion • Caring • Helping others • Being friendly • Smiling • Volunte...
What’s Pay-It-Forward?                 When you pay-it-forward, you                  don’t repay the person who           ...
How big should mykind act be?                    So how big does each good deed                      need to be?          ...
When you dedicate a mile,     you make a promise.Walk4Good needs 2,180 dedications. One for each mile Christine and Jessie...
Dedications  MILE 5 – BECKY KAPLOWE: This is dedicated to all young girls and women.  "You are beautiful, you are strong,...
Dedications  MILE 56 - AMY WERTHEIM: I dedicate a mile to the troops in Afghanistan and  now in Africa. If not for those ...
The Power            Let’s do the math: 2,180 miles              = 2,180 dedications and              2,180 good deeds tha...
Lead by ExampleCreate a culture of Kindness at Vaughn College. Don’t just develop a  few programs, lead by example.You mus...
Culture of KindnessThe tenor of most organizations is set by the leader and schools are no  different. Listen to the grape...
Culture of KindnessCreating a culture of kindness begins and ends with YOU.Each one of you can go back to your desks and p...
The Choice is Yours“Never imitate. For how do you know that you may not imitate evil;  and he who imitates evil always goe...
Online Community  Website- Dedications may be made, ideas shared and  inspiration provided. www.walk4good.org
Online Community  Facebook - Community sharing ideas and experiences.  @walk4good
Online Community  Twitter – Great way to get the word out and share stories  and tweets from the road. @thewalk4good
Online Community  Tumblr – Jessie the dog will be blogging! @walk4good
Online Community  YouTube – Videos will be uploaded regularly and throughout  the hike and people’s pay-it-forward experi...
“Changing the World One Step at a Time.”Email:info@walk4good.org
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Christine Baker founded Walk4Good to inspire people to practice kindness. This presentation, first made to Vaughn College, highlights Walk4Good and how institutions from the inside out can create a culture of kindness.

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Walk4Good Kindness Presentation

  1. 1. Vaughn CollegeFebruary 24, 2012
  2. 2. Mission StatementWalk4Good is a growing community of kindness-drivenindividuals from all walks of life whose primary mission is toinspire and empower people to practice kindness and to passacts of kindness onto others. We envision a world where weare all a more engaged in our local communities andpersonally deliberate in our willingness and intent to helpthose around us.
  3. 3. The NumbersIn a recent Good Housekeeping study, 77% of students said they had been bullied. Think about it. Out of every four students in the study, three had been bullied.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 66% of all annual traffic fatalities are caused by road rage.79% feel people are ruder to each other now than just 10 years ago; 42% say they encounter rude behavior every day.We’re all under a lot of stress and feel pushed to the edge: one study shows that 9 out of 10 of us are highly stressed most of the time.Stress causes more than half of Americans (54%) to fight with people close to them. (Source: American Psychological Association study, 2007.)
  4. 4. Wake UpThis is your wake-up call. Today. Right now.We get one life. One go ‘round.How are you living your own life?
  5. 5. We’ll walk to inspire you. Christine and her dog Jessie will walk the 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail over 6 grueling months to inspire YOU to make a difference in your own life.
  6. 6. The Hike Christine and Jessie will depart in early June to the Appalachian Trails northernmost point, Mount Katahdin, Maine. They will battle black flies, ticks, raging stream crossings, every imaginable kind of weather on their journey, but they will walk continuously until they reach Springer Mountain in Georgia.
  7. 7. Let’s Talk Kindness
  8. 8. Kindness CountsWhat does Kindness Mean to You? • Compassion • Caring • Helping others • Being friendly • Smiling • Volunteering • What else?
  9. 9. What’s Pay-It-Forward? When you pay-it-forward, you don’t repay the person who did something nice for you. Instead, you do something nice for someone else. For example, if someone changes your tire while you are stranded on the highway, you might pay it forward by shoveling your elderly neighbor’s walkway after a snow has fallen.
  10. 10. How big should mykind act be? So how big does each good deed need to be? They can be as big or small as you want, from opening the door for a stranger or feeding a homeless person to volunteering. The aim is simple: show someone in one’s life kindness and feel good about it.
  11. 11. When you dedicate a mile, you make a promise.Walk4Good needs 2,180 dedications. One for each mile Christine and Jessie walk.These dedications are free. Anyone may make a dedication in honor of a loved one (living or deceased).In return for making a free dedication, PAY-IT-FORWARD!
  12. 12. Dedications  MILE 5 – BECKY KAPLOWE: This is dedicated to all young girls and women. "You are beautiful, you are strong, you are important." You become what you believe. This is in support of all victims of domestic violence. To the survivors, thank you for showing me out of the darkness and into the light so that I may shine that light for others to help them believe they are worthy of the light also.  MILE 15 – VICTOR VELASQUEZ: I would like this Dedication for My Brother Ray or as he was called Papi Hoss. He was a Vietnam Vet a brother, uncle, godfather, husband and so much more to us but most Important a dad. He will not be here to see the birth of his two new grandchildren, but if he were, he would be the best grandfather in the world like he was the best big brother in the world. He taught me so many lessons that I carry with me to this so please walk for My Brother We Miss You.
  13. 13. Dedications  MILE 56 - AMY WERTHEIM: I dedicate a mile to the troops in Afghanistan and now in Africa. If not for those brave men and women, the ground we walk on would not be there for us. God bless them! How will I pay it forward? I will continue to visit nursing homes and hospitals with my Therapy Dog, Dozer.  MILE 444: MARIO VEGA: I dedicate a mile to those students in school who are verbally bullied and abused. How will you Pay-It-Forward? I’ll try to be nice to everyone I see.  MILE 254 – ROSANGEL VENTURA: Please walk a mile for the homeless and the lonely people. People who are lost in the world and don’t have anyone by their side. How will you Pay-It-Forward? I will do more community service and I will donate clothes and shoes for the people in my community.
  14. 14. The Power Let’s do the math: 2,180 miles = 2,180 dedications and 2,180 good deeds that touch thousands of people, who in turn will go out and help others. That’s the power of Walk4Good.
  15. 15. Lead by ExampleCreate a culture of Kindness at Vaughn College. Don’t just develop a few programs, lead by example.You must “become” kindness for young people. That means you exercise this trait toward your students, but it also means you exercise it toward others.You eat, sleep, and breathe kindness.Other studies show that 80% of kids enter school feeling good about themselves. By the fifth grade, that percentage has dropped to 20% and by 12 grade it is only 5%.
  16. 16. Culture of KindnessThe tenor of most organizations is set by the leader and schools are no different. Listen to the grapevine among staff and faculty, and the head of school’s communication effectiveness will be evident.  If the conversations are toxic and negative, so is the atmosphere and students DO feel that.When the adults in a community are engaged in hurtful talk, it bleeds into the way students interact with one another.  Schools need to take a look at their communication style, from the head on down.Make time for kindness – from your staff, faculty and students.
  17. 17. Culture of KindnessCreating a culture of kindness begins and ends with YOU.Each one of you can go back to your desks and pretend this was just a waste of two hours, that the time away from your desks left you with nine fires to put out and little time fix things. You can snap at your staff, ignore the homeless person on your way home, be rude to the dry cleaner.It’s your choice. Which will you choose?
  18. 18. The Choice is Yours“Never imitate. For how do you know that you may not imitate evil; and he who imitates evil always goes beyond the example set, while he who imitates good always falls short.” -Og Mandino The Greatest Miracle in theWorld
  19. 19. Online Community  Website- Dedications may be made, ideas shared and inspiration provided. www.walk4good.org
  20. 20. Online Community  Facebook - Community sharing ideas and experiences. @walk4good
  21. 21. Online Community  Twitter – Great way to get the word out and share stories and tweets from the road. @thewalk4good
  22. 22. Online Community  Tumblr – Jessie the dog will be blogging! @walk4good
  23. 23. Online Community  YouTube – Videos will be uploaded regularly and throughout the hike and people’s pay-it-forward experiences shared. @walk4good
  24. 24. “Changing the World One Step at a Time.”Email:info@walk4good.org

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