2012 – 2013 Bullying Prevention Project
What are the appropriate grade levels:
7 and 8
Is there a limit to the number of participants:
Is there an opportunity for community service:
Yes – 1-2 hours for some, 5-6 hours for others.
Is this a new or existing project:
This is an existing project.
Estimated project cost:
During an Advocates’ presentation at the Wood River Middle school in September 2010, a student said there was a high school aged bully on the bus. Many students then spoke up and said they were being bullied by him, but had been too scared to tell. The Advocates’ staff person spoke to the principal, and he took the steps needs to remove the bully from the bus.
Bullying is the most common form of violence in our society; between 15% and 30% of students are bullies or targets. National studies indicate that middle school students who are bullied are 13 times more likely to be abusive in subsequent personal relationships. In addition, bullying peaks in middle school. The Advocates strives to prevent bullying through education to middle and elementary school students.
The Advocates’ Bully Prevention Program provides bullying prevention education in the schools throughout the school year. The Advocates’ Youth Program’s Coordinator provides the education to students on a regular basis and parents 1-2 times per year. Through facilitated interactive discussion, the students define bullying, develop bullying scenarios based on personal experiences, act out the scenarios, and learn tools for intervention as a victim or bystander.
The estimated cost to provide one education session through this program for 20 students is 0 or per student. The funds pay for staff time to provide the education which includes preparation time and creating interesting activities to enhance student learning. Five thousand dollars would pay for 200 students to be educated.
The community service aspect is for students to formalize and write down the scenarios and perform them at the elementary schools during presentations to 4th and 5th grade students.
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