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PACS Actively Caring for People Movement

September 17th, 2014 Posted in Alumni News

Caring for People MovementJoin UNT’s College of Public Affairs & Community Service (PACS) as they roll out the Actively Caring for People (AC4P) movement.  It’s a large-scale movement to establish a more compassionate, interdependent, and empathic culture within schools, businesses, organizations, and throughout entire communities. AC4P refers to any behavior that goes above and beyond on behalf of the health, safety or welfare of another person.  As a result of the April 16, 2007, school shootings at Virginia Tech, Dr. Scott Geller, Professor of Psychology, has applied behavioral science that is the foundation of AC4P.  By encouraging people to actively care, individuals are inspired to perform intentional acts of kindness as part of their daily routine, which ultimately leads to an actively-caring culture and community.  Many high school and college campuses have implemented AC4P and found reductions in bullying and at-risk behaviors.  To learn more about the AC4P movement check out the following website and video.

PACS is bringing the AC4P to Denton with a three part approach:

  1. Fall Forum—October 2 at 11 a.m.: Dr. Geller will address UNT, TWU and Denton ISD students about AC4P in a large lecture setting.  The idea is to bring all of the students in the community together to introduce AC4P, encourage them to make an impact one person at a time, pass out bracelets and inspire small acts of kindness and recognizing them.  Closing remarks with be presented to students by UNT alumnus Johnny Quinn calling students to action.  The event is October 2nd at 11 am in the coliseum and will be followed by a community engagement fair with local nonprofits available to provide information on how to get connected in communities.
  2. Community Think & Drink Event—October 2 at 6 p.m.: Dr. Geller will address Denton change makers (elected officials, local nonprofits, etc.) in a more intimate evening event.  The event is October 2nd at 6 pm at Oak Street Draft House.
  3. Monthly Touch Points: To sustain the movement, monthly touch points will identify and solve problems in the community, recognize impact and give people opportunities to get involved.

For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/DentonHumanityRestored

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