Strong Neighborhoods Conflict Resolution Workshop


(Rockford, Ill. - 02/25/2015) – Auburn High School students learned today how pop culture can influence the way we think about and act toward one another. During a workshop facilitated by Ashley Burks, Community Impact Manager with United Way and a 2009 graduate of Auburn High School, 75 freshman – senior level students analyzed different forms of media and developed strategies for effective conflict resolution.

"We need to recognize how media influences our minds," said Yazmyn Hanson, a senior student at Auburn High School. "I need to be more aware of what I say, what I do, and how I act around my friends."

Through the Strong Neighborhoods initiative, United Way is leading a place-based strategy to dramatically improve the quality of life for children and families, particulalry in two of the region's most challenging neighborhoods - Ellis Heights and Midtown District. Together with neighborhoods residents and community partners, United Way identified a need to create more youth empowering opportunities. The conflicts resolution workshop engaged students to better manage conflicts, and to critically think about how media influences their experiences and how to interact with each other in positive ways.


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley advances the common good in Winnebago and Ogle counties, creating opportunities for a better life by focusing on education, income, and health. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change.