What is the Rancing Revolution?
It is the project of Rancing Revolution to inspire, facilitate and advance conversations on the topic of bullying, and to do so in a way that not only discourages bullying behavior but also simultaneously encourages its positive counterparts - freedom of expression, acceptance of diversity, social support and overall health and well-being.
Our three-pronged approach - through Youth Education, Adult Education and Social Activism- frames the issue of bullying in the language of oppression and addresses both bullying behavior and lateral violence in a systems-perspective approach to this social problem. Our solution-focused mission is to eliminate bullying behavior from all levels of our society by inspiring and sustaining active cultures of Kindness.
Using macro-level theory based in critical social construction and oppression theory, as well as normative campaign strategy, the multi-part educational curriculum addresses bullying behavior in relation to the following themes:
- Power, privilege and oppression
- Culture and norms
- Difference and diversity
- Computer-mediated communication
- Shame and vulnerability
Our programming strives to cultivate counter-cultures emphasizing the primary values of empathy, authenticity and social support.
Why we need your support!
This year, with the support of an Americorps VISTA grant, Rancing Revolution is partnering with the University of Vermont and the Dewey House for Civic Engagement to implement a collaborative program that partners college student mentors with local schools and youth organizations to support the implementation and facilitation of Rancing Revolution programming. But to really get this program off the ground, we need your help!!
Your financial contribution would help support:
- The finalization of curriculum development
- The printing and distribution of educational materials
- The training of facilitators
- The costs of transportation and facilitation
- The cultivation of future partnerships, collaborations and outreach
The potential and growth of this program depends largely on this support! Join the Revolution and take an active role in inspiring, creating and sustaining positive social change!
What folks are saying about Rancing Revolution programs so far:
We're gaining recognition for our work outside the classroom as well! Check out the "In the News" section of our website to see clips on Channel 3, Channel 5 and a video by the Burlington Free Press.
“It’s okay to be different and people need to understand that. And people need to be kinder to each other – I have been trying to just to say ‘hi’ to more people in the halls and talk to different people than I normally do” – Allie, u32 middle school student
“Every person needs to change their mindset, one at a time” –Emily, u32 middle school student
“Rancing puts you in an uncomfortable situation to make you realize every single day people are judged, evaluated, ridiculed and mocked for simply expressing themselves.It really made me look at how we as a culture view difference.” –Alec, UVM SW student
“The act of Rancing can be a reminder that we are not alone in our struggles and that every person has joy inside of them that they can share.” –Amy, UVM SW student
“Rancing definitely made me feel empathetic towards those who don’t necessarily fit into the ‘norms’ of society, whether it’s their actions, their looks, or their identity that makes them feel excluded.” – Jasmine, UVM SW student
“I’ve always thought bullying was for middle school kids but you made me think about it and realize it happens even with adults. I would like to join and participate to help bring about change and a shift in thinking! I feel like this workshop was the highlight of my nursing career.” -- Stephanie, UVM Nursing student
Meet the Team!
"My name is Corey Richardson and I am a co-founder and Director of Rancing Revolution. I also teach social work part-time at the University of Vermont, coach youth soccer and am working on my Doctoral degree (dissertation on the topic of Bullying) through Tilburg University in the Netherlands. For me, Rancing Revolution is a labor of love. I have donated thousands of dollars and a year and a half of my life getting this project off the ground. I have done this because I am passionate about social change, about the true power and courage of Kindness, and about the possibility of paradigm-shifting social work revolutionizing the way we look at Bullying and other social problems. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, 'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.' I believe that, and it is that notion which guides this work."
“My name is Kailee Brickner-Mcdonald, director of the Dewey House for Civic Engagement at UVM. Rancing Revolution brings together two of my favorite things -- playing and making positive social change. Rancing started as simply a fun thing to do with friends when I was a student at the College of William and Mary. Now, to be able to work with the activity of Rancing as a metaphor and learning experience is amazing! I've worked with students who want to change the world since 2007-- in museum education, as a campus organizer for public interest campaigns, and most recently as Director of the Dewey House. Some of my most meaningful experiences include being one of the lead facilitators for UVM's Next Step Social Justice Retreat, developing the Dewey House curricula for service-learning courses, and seeing the constant growth and learning which students inspire in my own life.”
"My name is Marie Hebert and I am a recent UVM graduate in Community Development and Applied Economics. I've had the opportunity to work with many non-profit organizations both local and abroad, which ultimately led me to Rancing Revolution in my final year of university. With such a fun, positive way to go about bullying prevention, I was immediately hooked. I am very much looking forward to further spreading Rancing Revolution's message as an AmeriCorps VISTA this year."
“My name is Michael Hill, Jr., and I am a UVM graduate student in the Masters of Social Work program. I am very excited to be a part of the Rancing Revolution team. I have realized that I want to dedicate myself to making the greatest positive change I can in this lifetime. I’ve witnessed inspiration through working for AmeriCorps as a City Year member and doing community rehabilitation with middle school students through civic engagement. The Rancing Revolution message is dedication and inspiration in its purest form, dedication to changing the negative and instead embracing the positive; this message is the appropriate fuel for social change. As a new member to the Rancing Revolution family I am excited about devoting my skills, experience and perspective towards empowering a better community, hopefully one day a better world as well.”
“My name is Matt Tucker and I really enjoy helping people manage their small business or nonprofit. I train people to set up accounting systems, create business plans, and organize data. I am drawn to Rancing Revolution because of its simple and powerful message of being yourself and 'Rancing to your own beat'. I’m very excited to work with the Rancing Revolution team and to contribute to the development of an inspiring organizing and a meaningful anti-bullying curriculum that resonates with children and adults everywhere.”
"My name is JB Barna and I am a 52 year old social work educator at the University of Vermont who believes strongly in the power of kindness and positive energy. I have always been drawn to using our authentic selves to build relationships - relationships that end up being the foundation for social change and activism. Rancing Revolution gives me the opportunity to be engaged in the excitement generated by these concepts as they interact with bullying at all levels. And besides, it's really fun to think and create with the team of people Corey has brought together."
“My name is Rory Schulman and I am the owner of Red King Production, a company dedicated to taking video projects from concept to completion. I have been professionally shooting and editing videos for the past seven years, and believe that using video can be a great vehicle to help get the Rancing Revolution message out to the world. I think people sometimes forget that bullying can continue into adulthood, so getting the word out there is very important."
Risks and challenges
Cultures of bullying weren't built in a day, and actually have the potential to be strengthened on a daily basis! Dismantling bullying cultures and creating cultures of kindness takes change at both the individual and social level. This is hard work! The Rancing Revolution curriculum is an evolving document, constructed to acknowledge and reflect this challenge. We strive to build long-term relationships with schools and organizations, working together and evolving together to help create and sustain incremental change over time.