The US government estimates that over 70% of students and staff have seen bullying in their schools. Victims of bullying suffer higher rates of behavioral, psychological, and emotional problems that can lead to dangerous consequences such as self-harm and suicide. Those affected fare poorer in school, have lower GPAs and standardized test scores, and are at a higher risk of falling victim to Colorado’s 26% dropout rate. These national and state level statistics alerted us to the severity of the issue. We further defined our programming goals and objectives by this statistic:
It has been proven that “when bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds, 57% of the time”.
While we understand that many educators feel it is their job to prevent and respond to instances of bullying, by design, bullying often occurs in settings where adults are not present. Additionally, a new arena of online abuse has emerged in recent years. Cyber-bullying can take place in spaces where adults simply cannot enter.
Our bullying prevention programs are designed to focus on positive behaviors and socio-emotional learning while strengthening leadership qualities in youth.
HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living)