Hands Are Not for Hitting

2005 Leadership Development Award winner

The Junior League of Ann Arbor

The Junior League of Ann Arbor won the 2005 Leadership Development Award for creating Hands Are Not for Hitting, a program that trains members to teach second graders to resolve conflicts nonviolently.

Program Goal

This program is designed to prevent abuse, bullying, and violence at school by teaching students peaceful methods of conflict resolution.

Program Description

Through this program, League members receive special training from a panel of experts in understanding the mindset of a second grader. They then follow the seven-step curriculum they’ve established to work with the second graders and help them develop positive communication skills, such as problem solving, respecting other points of view, and using hands positively. Some methods used are games, team-building activities, crafts, and discussions.


This award allowed the League to recruit and train additional volunteers and to expand the program to more schools. The program also expanded to other Leagues such as the Junior League of Lancaster, which introduced the program in 2007 as a three-year initiative.