THIS LENT STAY siLENT FOR A CHANGE
Let’s speak up with silence! Stand in solidarity with young people who don’t have a voice and join siLENT 2019!
Thank you for considering siLENT for your Secondary School. We want to make your siLENT journey easy and stress free, so here you will find everything you need for you and your students to kick start your siLENT journey this Lent.
We think Lent is such a great time to try something different, so why not silence? Take time to give up the things that fill life with noise and restlessness. By staying silent, you and your students are standing in solidarity with young people who don’t have a voice, for whom silence isn’t a choice.
HELP REACH A MILLION A ‘Million Minutes of Silence’ is a really simple idea - each minute is sponsored to raise money for projects supporting young people. Throughout Lent 2019 schools, parishes, communities and individuals will help clock up a million minutes of silence!
HOW YOUR SILENCE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Amy always wanted to show people who she was, but she wasn’t able to. Instead, growing up as a young person with a disability, she was often judged and bullied. Now that is changing. Million Minutes’ is working with For Jimmy to give Amy her voice. Our help enables her to use her experience of being rejected and bullied to support other young people living with disabilities.
Money raised from siLENT is supporting Amy to work with other young people and to reduce the stigma of the label `disabled`. She explains: “I refuse to call myself disabled because that word means you are not able. I want to support young people who have disabilities to understand we can do anything we set our mind too.”
For Jimmy is the charity set up in Jimmy Mizen’s name. In 2008, Jimmy was killed in a violent attack and still, every year, hundreds of teenagers are killed or injured by broken bottles, guns and knives. It doesn’t have to be this way. Million Minutes is working with For Jimmy supporting young people like Amy to stay safe and to build the communities they want to live in – communities of peace where young people are valued and belong.
Your sponsorship will support people like Amy to change their lives and their world.
Ideas of how to take part
A collective silence in school/groups - e.g. a silent assembly, or an hour for the whole school
24 hours straight. Choose a date in Lent (6 March-20 April), and start getting sponsored.
A Silent Relay - commit to staying silent in a ‘relay’. e.g. you could stay silent for the whole school day and ‘pass’ the silence on class to class.
No Phone or Social Media - Instead of spending all those hours online, ask your students or give it up for Lent, and then spend just half an hour a day in silence (and an hour on Good Friday and Holy Saturday). It adds up to 24 hours.
Get started with siLENT
1. Sign up and let us know how you or your community are taking part.
2. You'll then be invited to set up your online fundraising.
3. You can still do it the old fashioned way. Download the siLENT sponsor form.
LETS CHANGE THE STATISTICS: In the UK the average young adult spends 80 minutes a day on social media. Over the 40 days of Lent that's more than 2 entire days. Imagine what your students could do with that time by switching off and spending time in silence, and time with their family and friends. Real people, real time. Join us and start fundraising now.
USE OUR SCHOOL RESOURCES: Our resources are designed to enhance your schools' siLENT journey. We’ve included all the information you need and a range of activities, posters and sponsorship forms that you can use with your students in the classroom.
At Million Minutes we’re inspired and challenged by Catholic social teaching (CST). It lies at the heart of what we’re trying to do. At its centre is the basic concept of the dignity and equality of each human person. Please familiarize yourself with the principles and watch our animation here: millionminutes.org/CST