Peter Yarrow's Operation Respect

Peter Yarrow's Operation Respect

Posted: Updated:
MYFOXNY.COM -

A recent survey finds what many people say is to blame for a lot of today's social problems. The study points to a lack of respect, and you might agree. But, the good thing is there are plenty of people out there trying to make it better.

Peter Yarrow's music with Peter, Paul and Mary is legendary, and his message today is contemporary. Yarrow is the founder of Operation Respect, an exciting program to create a respectful, safe and compassionate environment in school, home, and everywhere. It's especially designed for young people to learn about life, to grow and be positive about themselves and others.

"Here are places all over America that have adopted this program and combined them with other programs," Yarrow said. "There's great hope because we see the children are transformed. This is possible to do."

Yarrow's message is very clear: he is teaching humanity, caring and letting young people know if they have this love for themselves and others they can change the world.

"If we bring up kids have the dimension of respect being really important in their lives," yarrow said. "They could be building something that takes us away from the mean spirit and the frightening aspects of our society."

It's a long list including the recent in tragedy Newtown, Connecticut.

Operation respect was started more than 14 years ago. The Don't Laugh at Me program, which starts in grade school, is the centerpiece. It cuts right to the heart of being free of bullying, ridicule and violence.

"Kids are not formed yet -- you have to reach them before they are formed," Yarrow said.

He uses music to convey his message. The words to a simple yet powerful song say it all: "Operation Respect: but is it too much to ask, don't laugh at me don't call me names. Don't get your pleasure from my pain."

"Teachers say it is right on target and teachers say young people are feeling empowered," Yarrow said.

http://www.operationrespect.org/index2.php

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Woman killed in NYC home with 2 children there

    Woman killed in NYC home with 2 children there

    Saturday, April 19 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-04-19 21:58:30 GMT
    A woman was shot and killed inside her Ozone Park home on Saturday while her two children were there. The woman was shot in the chest and died at her house on 101st Avenue and 104th Street. The NYPD says the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute.
    A woman was shot and killed inside her Ozone Park home on Saturday while her two children were there. The woman was shot in the chest and died at her house on 101st Avenue and 104th Street. The NYPD says the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute.
  • Man struck and killed by NYC subway train

    Man struck and killed by NYC subway train

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:19:38 GMT
    A man in his 60s was killed by an oncoming train in midtown Manhattan after jumping on the tracks to grab his personal belongings that fell.
    A man in his 60s was killed by an oncoming train in midtown Manhattan after jumping on the tracks to grab his personal belongings that fell.
  • Woman in custody in NYC stroller snatch attempt

    Woman in custody in NYC stroller snatch attempt

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:55:51 GMT
    Police say an 8-month-old baby was nearly snatched by a stranger while being pushed down a Manhattan street in his stroller, but a bystander intervened to foil the abduction attempt.
    Police say an 8-month-old baby was nearly snatched by a stranger while being pushed down a Manhattan street in his stroller, but a bystander intervened to foil the abduction attempt.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices