“I’m like you” project started in October 2019. It is a type of Bottom-up Service-Learning so the students chose the problem to face and found community partners to carry out a solidarity service.
“I’m like you” born from a group of 3 psychology students who decided to face the cyberbullying problem. So they started a collaboration with the Scholas Occurrentes Foundation that has been working on this issue for years. The students started investigating the topic of cyberbullying through the analysis of the video database of the Scholas Occurrentes Foundation. Their aim was to create workshops to take to schools to raise awareness among children. During the pandemic, they rethought their project. They decided to open an Instagram page “Io come te” (I’m like you) to raise awareness on this issue, felt even more urgent because, during the pandemic, social media were the only way to have relationships with others.
The target of the page were children: from kindergarten to primary school. The students involved children through stories, drawings, and direct experiences shared on the Instagram page. They created different contests and developed a small active community around this Instagram page.
They also started a collaboration with an association of mothers from northern Italy: “Kids Guiding Moms” which involved them in their projects.
We can consider “I’m like you” as an Advocacy Service-Learning project in an Extreme E-Service-Learning mode because both, service and learning occurred online.