ABCs of Bullying Prevention in Community Settings

Date: January 30, 2014
Time: 5:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: MSU Extension Office - Washtenaw County, 705 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Contact: Debbie Morgan: 734-222-3905 Maggie Davidson: 734-222-3936 Terry Jones: 734-222-3943

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 three hour 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.

The workshop will be facilitated by MSU Extension program leaders Janet Olsen and Karen Pace, who are co-authors of the Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environments curriculum.

Visit the ABCs of Bullying Prevention in Community Settings registration page for more information.

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