No Place for Hate® is an initiative of the Anti-Defamation League offered free to schools. With public displays of hate on the rise, it is more important than ever for schools to commit to programs that clearly define expectations in behavior for all members of the community. Whether you are a student, educator, or family member, you have a role to play in combating bias and bullying as a means to stop the escalation of hate.

The initiative is designed to rally the entire school around the goal of creating a welcoming community committed to stopping all forms of bias and bullying. No Place For Hate® provides a unique framework to incorporate new and existing programs with one consistent message. No Place For Hate® can help your school foster a culture of respect and create a safe, bully-free learning environment for students at all grade levels.

No Place for Hate® is embraced by the public, private and parochial schools across the country because bullying and bias are an unhappy reality in most schools today and pose a threat to the safe learning environment school officials know is essential for students to succeed. The campaign has the added benefit of preparing young people to live and work successfully in our pluralistic nation and global community. Corporate leaders understand that this cultural competency increases the productivity and effectiveness of all staff.

Interested? Check out our No Place for Hate impact video and see what participating schools are saying about the program!

During the 2021-2022 School Year, 221 schools earned their No Place For Hate® designation in the Southeast region, giving an enormous amount of positive feedback. Schools are noticing a real impact on their school climate. When asked what the impact of NPFH on your school has been, one counselor stated “The indirect impact of NPFH happens through the conversations that carry over to family and friends outside of our school community. These valuable lessons begin to positively impact not just our students but the community-at-large thus creating a ripple effect of open-mindedness and acceptance.

 

How to become a No Place For Hate® School

After you register there are four steps to earn your certification. ADL is available to help you in whatever ways you need, but it’s in your hands to make it happen. Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open – click here.

The registration deadline for returning schools the 2022-2023 school year is October 3, 2022.  The registration deadline for new No Place for Hate schools the 2022-2023 school year is December 1, 2022.  If you are interested in a soft No Place for Hate launch at your school without official designation, please email Nathan Blankenship, Education Coordinator, at nblankenship@adl.org.

For further guidance and instructions on No Place for Hate best practices, ADL has recently launched a 45 minute learn-as-you-go training video. You can watch the video here and refer back to it as needed.

1. Form a committee with student leadership to oversee anti-bias activities in your school.
Suggested committee members (in addition to required students) include faculty, staff members, administrators, family members, and community or business partners. Committees are often called “No Place for Hate® Clubs” and serve as an umbrella organization. Reach out to all student groups for ideas and involvement. For student members, make sure they represent various social groups and networks! Click Here to learn more about forming a No Place for Hate Committee.

2. Adopt and Sign the No Place for Hate® Pledge
Organize an official presentation of the No Place for Hate® Pledge to begin the program. This can be done as part of a larger program, during a school assembly or pep rally or through individual classroom projects. Display a “giant” version of the pledge in a prominent area of your school and encourage family members, students, teachers and others to sign it.  Have teachers post copies in their classrooms for all of their students to sign.  Signing the Pledge does not count as an activity.

Once the pledge is signed, please upload a proof of your pledge signing (a photo or other document) to your school’s google folder in the Supplemental Materials & Uploads folder. You can get creative with what you upload, there’s no official form to submit!

3. Submit Activity Proposals for at least 3 projects by November 1, 2022.
Submit proposals for activities you plan to execute during the school year. You MUST submit the 3 proposal forms to have your activities reviewed and approved. This is done through your school’s google folder, which we created when you registered.  Please email us if you need access.  We encourage you to choose from the projects listed in the No Place For Hate® Classroom Resource Guide or be creative and design your own projects consistent with the No Place for Hate® message. You can also find ideas for pre-approved activities in our No Place for Hate online Activity Library.  Please review the Activity Guidelines before submitting your proposal.

4. Complete a minimum of three projects during the school year that aligns with the mission of No Place for Hate®.
Choose from the projects listed in the No Place For Hate® Classroom Resource Guide or be creative and design your own projects consistent with the No Place for Hate® message. Feel free to continue existing projects or programs, as long as you explicitly connect them to No Place For Hate®. Projects should be tailored to meet the needs of your school and impact the majority of your student body. When each project is complete, collect supplemental materials (press releases, articles, photos, videos, etc.) along with a very brief project description and upload them to your google folder and complete your activity forms.

CONGRATULATIONS! You have completed all activities and ADL will officially designate your school No Place for Hate®
Newly designated schools will receive a digital No Place for Hate banner immediately after designation and a physical No Place For Hate® banner at the beginning of the following school year.  If possible, an ADL representative will publicly present this banner to commemorate the milestone.

Check out this congratulations video to all of our No Place for Hate schools!