Our next Green Dot SHEro is Alexandria Berg, who works as a community health specialist at SSM Health. Alex was nominated by Kyle Jefferson, who serves on our Board of Directors. Here’s what Alex had to say in her own words about “why” bystander intervention matters:
“Coretta Scott King, an author, activist and civil rights leader, once said, ‘The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate action of its members.’
“We all have a voice and an impact in our community. Some are big and some are small, but collectively, we can all make a difference. We all can create and be a catalyst for change and shift the paradigm.
“By participating in the Green Dot training, you can gain the awareness and skills to help prevent violence in our community. It also allows you to connect with others in the community who are committed to helping others and make our community a safe place to live, work and play. Being aware of the issues of violence and its ripple effect in our community is a great first step.
“Like Maya Angelou said, ‘I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.’
“Finding ways on how you can get involved and be part of the solutions is a great next step. And that can look different for everyone and their comfort level. I am a big advocate for being involved in the community and leaving a positive impact on the people you come across.
“I know many others like me, who are passionate about making this community a safe and welcoming place to live. Some are wonderful at using their voice to stand up, advocate and intervene for themselves and others to create positive change. Some would call those people loud or outspoken, but sometimes that is what we need to shift the paradigm.
“I am continuously learning to be more bold, and use my voice in some aspect. Trainings, education and resources, such as Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training, can help you build your confidence, knowledge and skills on how to use your voice to intervene.
“Each of us, is a role model for somebody, for someone you know or may not know. And even if we don’t think we are, we can act as though we are – to be kind, cheerful, loving, courageous and supportive. Because you can be sure someone is taking notes and being inspired by you.
“Strength, movement and change can come when we talk about these issues and gaps in our homes and communities as a collective.