ABCs of Bullying Prevention and Be SAFE - Safe Affirming and Fair Environments

Date: October 11, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Holiday Inn, 1951 US 41, Marquette, MI 49855
Contact: Lynn Krahn: or 906-475-5731 Erin Ross: or 906-663-4045

Part 1: ABCs of Bullying Prevention: Addressing Bullying in Community Settings Workshop

Bullying is widespread and of great concern to many of us – including young people, families, educators, youth workers and other community members. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bullying is a form of youth violence that can cause physical injury, social and emotional distress and even death. Bullying has serious consequences which put youth at higher risk for substance abuse, academic problems, mental health issues and violence in adolescence and adulthood.

While schools across the country have stepped up efforts to protect students from harassment, intimidation and physical violence, support is needed to help adults in a variety of youth settings learn ways to work with young people to build healthy relationships and settings. Educators, youth workers and families all have important roles to play in creating environments that foster healthy social and emotional development.

Providing adults with opportunities to explore and connect around these issues is the focus of a Michigan State University Extension workshop titled ABCs of Bullying Prevention: Addressing Bullying in Community Settings. This half-day workshop is designed for adults who live with, care about and work with young people, including parents, caregivers and those who work in schools, youth and family agencies, youth organizations (such as 4-H, Scouts, and Boys and Girls Clubs), juvenile justice, faith-based communities, recreation departments and other community groups.

During the ABCs of Bullying Prevention workshop, participants will:

  • Share perspectives on the prevalence and types of bullying behaviors affecting their communities – and explore how these perspectives connect with recent research.
  • Examine bullying, bias and harassment through the lens of differences.
  • Explore key strategies for addressing these complex issues at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels.
  • Learn about programs and resources that can be used in community settings, including an MSU Extension initiative titled Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments.

Part 2: Be SAFE Curriculum Workshop

The new Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments curriculum is designed to help young people aged 11 to 14 and adults work in partnership to create environments that are physically and emotionally safe. While the primary audiences for Be SAFE are young people and adults involved in out-of-school time settings, it also applies to middle school settings. The overall goals of the curriculum, which draws from extensive research from a variety of key disciplines as well as evidenced-based bullying prevention programs, are to:

  • Promote social and emotional learning and development.
  • Address and reduce bullying.
  • Prevent bullying behaviors by tapping the wisdom and assets of youth and adults.
  • Develop positive relationships with peers and adults.

Be SAFE includes 10 key focus areas with engaging activities as well as an extensive introduction, an evaluation component, ways to connect with families, specific recommendations from groups that have used Be SAFE, and ways to learn more about the topics. You’ll leave the workshop with a variety of strategies for using Be SAFE within your youth settings. More information about the curriculum, including a free PDF download of the curriculum introduction is available at

Facilitator: The workshops will be facilitated by Lynn Krahn, Extension educator and Erin Ross, Extension educator. They are based on the work of MSU Extension program leaders Janet Olsen and Karen Pace, who are co-authors of Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments curriculum.

Workshop registration and accommodations

The registration cost for these workshops includes the workshop materials, BeSAFE curriculum and refreshments. Online registration closes on Sept. 28. A $50 cancellation fee will apply after Oct. 1.

Marquette County participants - you can get a $30 reduced fee if you are one of the first 10 Marquette County participants to register.  When you register and get to the payment page, click on any option except credit card, and then click “next”.  You will receive another invoice by email or mail for $70.  Please monitor your email for an invoice.

For more information about MSU Extension resources and events related to bullying prevention, visit

Visit the ABCs of Bullying Prevention and Be SAFE registration page for more information.

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