Become A LIGHT So We Can BE THE CHANGE!
Our first pledge with our partner World Vision in 2010.
WHEN WE TAKE THE PLEDGE WE ARE SAYING
I pledge to do everything, within my power, to make a positive change in my home and community.
I will not hide anyone who commits a crime.
I will not get involved with gang activity
I will stay in school, and be the person (light) I was born to be. (youth)
I will not be the problem, but attempt to be a creative solution to the problem.
I will treat my family, friends, and neighbors with respect and honor all life.
I will shed light on any situation that threatens, or harms individuals in my home, school, place of employment or community.
I will be accountable for myself!
I am a lightI
I WEAR THIS BAND
TO TAKE A STAND
I AM A LIGHT
I PLEDGE TO BE
THE CHANGE YOU SEE
IN MY HOME AND COMMUNITY
I AM A LIGHT
one good decision
or doing one kind act
at a time
I AM A LIGHT
Born To Be Light, Inc is a non-profit organization dedicated to the aggressive promotion of nonviolence. We aim to create an international movement of people who will take a pledge against violence. We wear a special solidarity glow-in-the-dark BTBL wristband to signify our commitment to self-accountability and being a light in our homes and community.
The vision is to have Born to Be Light wristbands become a national symbol of commitment to nonviolence and change.
Violence can only exist if we say yes! We say yes by participating, directly or indirectly. We say yes to the murder and crime indirectly by not identifying the culprits. After a violent crime, our mouths cry no, but our silence screams yes, even as the tears roll down our faces, because we will not shed light by sharing what we know.
BTBL CREATING A "LIGHT NETWORK"
We are inviting organizations to join the fight against violence by having their group take the pledge of peace. We then ask them to partner with us by offering their existing resources to those in their community. We post their names, a link to their website, and/or offer their contact information.
Every organization that participates and share the bands shows we have the power to come together and be an example of peaceful coexistence. Why? There is strength in numbers. Together we can make a difference!
"One light can light a room; a million lights can light an entire city."
AGGRESSIVELY MARKET PEACE
1) Share the peace pledge and the bands with church groups and community organizations. The organization's leaders create a special message that encourages self-accountability with youth and their families. We supply the pledge-bands, you supply the message; together we change our community one pledge at a time.
2) Aggressively market nonviolence in our communities using billboards, TV and radio advertisements, concerts, movies, and documentaries. We are encouraging organizations to create events that open the conversation of taking responsibility for your own behavior. During the event, they administer the pledge and share the wristbands.
3) Bring back the loss of respect for life in our homes, schools, and communities.
We aim to flood the community with "THINK FIRST -- SEE IT>SAY IT" messages that will inspire peace and unity IN EVERY COMMUNITY!.
SHARE THE VISION
FOR EVERY ACT OF
ORDER YOUR BANDS, AND TAKE THE PEACE PLEDGE TO YOUR ORGANIZATION TODAY!
THE GLOW-IN-THE-DARK WRISTBAND
The white, green-glowing wristband is a constant reminder that we have pledged to be role models and examples of a peaceful and non-violent existence. The ever-glowing white wristband encourages us to remember to start with ourselves first, using the power (light) that is always within us to help stop the violence. We are part of the solution, not the problem. WE ARE the CHANGE.
As the bracelet shines, so should we, day and night, from light to light.
TO BUILD A GLOBAL LIGHT NETWORK BY PLANTING THE SEED OF LIGHT
To reach individuals "fed up" with crime in their communities and encourage them to get involved, from home to the streets, and help end the violence.
To reach parents who want safe communities and encourage them to start by being the light in their home.
To reach at-risk youth to encourage them to take accountability for their actions, and become examples of change in their communities.
To bring light to the power of one: "The man in the mirror."
To highlight individual opportunities to be the change in the community
To aggressively market the idea of "PEACE FIRST" in our homes and community.
Shed light on the hidden faces killing our children and terrorizing our neighborhoods
Encourage family awareness/consciousness of what is happening in our own homes, with our own children.