Bullying is a serious problem with social, academic and psychological consequences that impact the entire community. We have also found a direct link between childhood bullies and adult batterers.
"Great presentation! My students loved it and are still talking about it."--Teacher at Truman Elementary sharing her thoughts about the Get Connected Program.
As an agency focused not only on treating the effects of abuse and violence, but also preventing them, Synergy addresses this critical situation through our STOP Violence programs. The programs utilize curricula customized for age and gender to teach empathy and respect and introduce youth, parents and school personnel to proven strategies that prevent and overcome bullying behavior. Offerings include:
- Safe Dates is the only evidence-based curriculum that prevents dating abuse: a factor often linked to alcohol and other drug use. Highly engaging and interactive, this program helps 7th-12th grade teens recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative, or abusive dating relationships. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration designated Safe Dates as a Model Program, and in 2006, Safe Dates received high ratings from the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.
- Get Connected is the turn-key solution to bullying prevention that can create lasting change in a school climate. The program proactively addresses current trends in bullying by means of a three-pronged approach, where the unique needs of youth (k-8th grade), school faculty, and parents can meet in separate workshop sessions. Youth workshops incorporate engaging, developmentally-appropriate activities that emphasize empathy, reinforce positive behaviors, and empower youth to deter bullying. Adult workshops discuss the importance of bullying policies and tips for raising compassionate and resilient youth.
- STEP Up is a bullying prevention program designed for a select group of influential 5th-9th grade girls who have the ability to change social norms. The innovative eight session program is designed to deconstruct the nature of female aggression and empower young women with strategies to develop supportive relationships and conflict resolution skills. Some topics include: body image, rumors and gossip, cliques, cyber bullying, and handling conflict.
The following resources are a sample of the information and techniques covered through our programs:
- Is My Child Being Bullied?
- Strategies for Dealing with Bullies
- Tips for Parents
- Ten Ways Teachers Can Offer Support
- Strategies to Avoid Cyber Bullying
- Teen Dating Violence