Bullying Prevention Programs:
One by One: We Get Along (jk-grade 3)
The Power Within (4-6/occasional 7/8)
Each of our bullying prevention/social competency and skill development programs are 5 sessions which are completed in classrooms (usually one period a week for 5 consecutive weeks)
The primary program fosters development in social competency such as self-monitoring, appropriate problem solving, knowing when to seek help and recognizing passive, aggressive and assertive choices.
The junior level program takes a more in-depth look at a bullying situation and the players involved (the person who chooses to bully, the person who was targeted and the bystanders). During the program, students discuss the decision that each individual could make and the ramifications of those choices. Social competencies are explored as they apply specifically to a bullying situation (ie. Students are taught to be assertive through the use of a strategy specifically designed to combat bullying.) A fifth session also introduces concepts of cyber safety/ responsibility and cyberbullying.
Schools that had recently received programming (last year or two) are eligible to receive follow-up programming which is a four session program building upon information and analogies presented in the previous year.
One of the unique benefits credited to our programs is that we teach an invaluable common language that students utilize when discussing problems with peers, staff and parents. This language allows students to effectively communicate thoughts and feelings about a situation in a way that is less intimidating or restrictive to them. Our language also separates the choice from the individual and therefore, decreases labeling among students which serves to perpetuate bullying behaviours.
To Access The Program:
Historically, we have offered the program on a first come, first serve basis. An informational packet has been sent out to schools at the beginning of the school year and a representative from the school (teacher, administrator, CYW) has initiated contact and started the booking process. Those interested in having the program at their school are invited to contact our Kitchener office (519-743-6071) or our Cambridge office (519-622-0815).
Approximately 18 schools from WRDSB and WCDSB and the private sector per school calendar year
Last year, John Howard Society ‘s Community Crime Prevention Team presented programming to 9417 participants in Kitchener/Waterloo and Cambridge area.
As the program’s popularity has increased, we are now dealing with quite a substantial waiting list for full programming in the Kitchener-Waterloo city boundaries.
There is no cost for the programs as they are currently being funded through United Way. However, John Howard Society always welcomes any donations made by the school to support our programming
Bullying Prevention/Social Competency/ Conflict Resolution and Assertive Skill Development Programming in schools within Waterloo and Upper Grand Regions
John Howard Society of Waterloo-Wellington is a community-based, non-profit, charitable organization operating in the area since 1950. Our mandate is to address the root causes of crime and to support the creation and maintenance of healthy communities. Thus, our primary role is providing primary, secondary and tertiary prevention services to children, youth and adults in Waterloo Region and Wellington County including the cities of Cambridge, Guelph, and Kitchener/Waterloo.
Our mandate is to address the root causes of crime and to support the creation and maintenance of healthy communities.