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Expect Respect campaign launched

2012-08-09T00:00:00Z 2012-08-09T14:32:00Z Expect Respect campaign launchedBy ALANA LISTOE Independent Record Helena Independent Record
August 09, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Some business owners and community leaders are hoping to set a tone of respect in the Helena and they launched their campaign at Alive @ 5 under a moderately gloomy sky Wednesday night. Specifically that means expecting respect from each other, to local businesses and the community as a whole.

The philosophies and framework to create a caring and safe environment comes from the Montana Behavior Initiative, a research proven strategy for effective education in schools through supporting staff and student behavior and supportive decision making. This is the first time the strategies will be implemented in a community-wide environment.

According to the Youth Connections Coalition, 59 percent of youth in Helena perceive adults in the community as thinking stealing, fighting and vandalizing another person’s or business’s property is OK. And it says that seven out of 10 Helena youth perceive violence as a type of entertainment.

Shalon Hastings, owner of Taco Del Sol, is one of the business owners involved in the effort to reduce inappropriate behavior among young people.

“We are setting the bar so people know that should they come across a situation, they know they have support of their fellow citizens, businesses and it gives them confidence to step in,” she said. “We have all committed ourselves to it.”

Participants at the event launching included county commissioners, Helena Police Department, the Big Dipper, Lewis and Clark Library and student representatives from each high school.

Susan Dotter, MBI expert, is delighted with the community involved.

“These Helena businesses are the first in our state and probably in our nation to take this learning framework and adapt it to a broader landscape: Our public places for families and community get-togethers like this. They are brave folks, and I guess it’s not a surprise that our most entrepreneurial community representatives would be trailblazing such a great idea.”

Drenda Niemann, director of Youth Connections, said the group has been learning about effective ways to foster respect community-wide since February.

“Tonight is the unveiling of the message and how we hope that will create a safe and supportive environment for our kids,” she said.

Five Helena Expect Respect banners funded by the Business Improvement District and Youth Connections will go up this week between Pioneer Park and the Great Northern Carousel. Window clings will accompany the campaign to share the vision and expectations and there is talk of bumper stickers too.

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  1. steeline
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    steeline - August 11, 2012 11:51 am
    I think that this "movement" is a great thing. When 59 percent of the kids think that adults appove of stealing violence etc. it is time. It is a good starting place and for those parents that don't approve of social devient behavior stand up and make a statement to those parents who condon social devient behavior. Our kids are exposed to more devient info/media than ever before. Hollywood has trashed our moral compass. When the kids have to step up and take charge of the direction they are going, it tells us something. Respect is taught in the home first. Every adult has the duty to be respectful and demonstrate it so the kids can observe it. We have to restore the moralality of our Country.
  2. FlamingLiberal1
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    FlamingLiberal1 - August 09, 2012 1:14 pm
    Well, my generation and older were taught that you had to show respect to others, especially our elders and those in authority. The under-30 set seems to think that people need to earn respect before they give it, rather than using respect as their default attitude.
  3. justme59601
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    justme59601 - August 09, 2012 12:11 pm
    should we teach kids to expect respect or that respect is earned?
  4. skooter
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    skooter - August 09, 2012 8:41 am
    Wow - great campaign. Sorry I missed the launch...

    Sad that this even needs to be verbalized vs the stats given about the apathy and destructive bent of the target groups...but good to see someone stepping in to make a differences.

    Hopefully a lot of parents are paying attention and doing their jobs to teach/reinforce these values. Otherwise, this and most other messages will fall on deaf ears.
  5. kilson91
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    kilson91 - August 09, 2012 8:33 am
    Being born and raised in Helena I think this is a GREAT first step in our community coming together for a good cause.
    On the other hand I was very sad to be sitting in the crowd at Alive @ 5 while this presentation was going on and over half the crowd was not even paying attention. I could barley hear what they were saying on stage because of all the commotion going on behind me. This is such a good cause and for a good reason. I think that more people need to jump on this band wagon of RESPECT. WE ALL EXPECT RESPECT IT SO LETS GIVE . I believe our community as a whole will greatly prosper from a cause such as this. COME ON HELENA LETS GET TOGETHER AND "EXPECT RESPECT"

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