Middle School (6-8) Programs
Middle school presentations should be scheduled in one period time slots.
The goal of this program is to teach students to deal with conflict in a healthy, effective way. Through group activity and discussion, students will explore the concept of conflict by defining it and discussing options for dealing with it, such as aggressively, passively and assertively. They will then consider possible outcomes and consequences when each option is used. Compromise and the concept of "putting yourself in someone else's shoes" will also be illustrated through the use of scenarios and other activities.
INTERNET SAFETY AND CYBER-BULLYING
Internet, email, social networking sites, chat rooms, and even text messaging are all new avenues through which teens may experience cyber bullying, over exposure, or online predators. This program uses activities and group discussions to address these issues in the cyber world. Students will discuss the importance of keeping personal information private online, and participate in a trivia game consisting of questions about both Internet safety and cyber-bullying. The program concludes with a discussion of the students’ rights and responsibilities as members of the Internet community.
Our safety tips, summarized as No, Go, and Tell, are discussed with teenagers, reinforcing their rights to feel safe and be happy at school and in their home. Students will watch a video that shows three students experiencing different safety problems. Students will discuss each scenario, identify how to get out of the unsafe situation, why each student might have trouble speaking up, and who they could talk to about an abuse or harassment problem. Scenarios used in this program are realistic and age appropriate for teenagers.
This program brings audience participants together to explore and understand the causes, consequences and effects of sexual harassment. It also helps students to identify any sexual harassment problems that may currently exist, as well as provide resources to prevent future problems and promote positive change. The video “Be Cool” shows students the various ways they can deal with a sexual harassment problem, and opens a discussion in which students can to discover their feelings, examine their own attitudes and behaviors, and receive answers to commonly asked questions in a safe, supervised manner.
At a time in their lives when relationships are beginning to change, students are asked to consider the qualities that are important to them in personal relationships. With their answers in the forefront of their minds, students read a story about a relationship that goes from healthy, to unhealthy, to abusive. Students discuss the warning signs shown in the story, and discuss the cycle of violence, controlling behavior and the impact and consequences of abusive behavior (for both the victims and the perpetrator). Students are then encouraged to think about what they could do if they or a friend were in a similar situation. In closing, options and resources for both the victim and involved friends are reviewed.
BEING AN ALLY AND ACTIVE BYSTANDER
Has there ever been a time when someone stuck up for you when you really needed an ally? In this activity, we focus on giving the audience the tools and skills to stick up for others when they see a member of the community in need of some help. The first section of this program is designed to illustrate to the audience the meaning of being an ally to those who in need. We also use real-life situations to role-play safe strategies to intervene in situations to create an environment free of discrimination and harassment.
BUILDING A MAN
Making a man is actually more difficult than it seems. Often the specific roles that men are expected to perform are unobtainable and contradictory. In this program we explore how the media portrays men by comparing popular male figures to see who society would say is the “real man.” Then we use these characteristics to build society’s ideal man. What seems like a structure as strong as Superman, through discussion lead by the audience’s own experiences, will become as fragile as a Jenga set, and at what cost.
COACHING BOYS INTO MEN
This program utilizes the impactful relationship between a coach and his team, as well as the influence peers have on one another regarding acceptable and tolerable behavior. Coaching Boys into Men calls for twelve weekly discussions between a coach and the team, that last roughly fifteen minutes, where they can openly and honestly discuss aspects of healthy and respectful relationships. The program also works to promote non-violent interactions between men and women, and charges athletes to become role models in challenging harmful behaviors on a continuum that promote violence. As leaders in their schools, athletes have the tools and social status to positively influence the culture in which they operate on a daily basis.
Watch this video to learn more (1 minute 15 seconds): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzmQwY6JFLY
Note: Program content and activities can vary depending on the available time period.
All programs encourage students to recognize their right to be safe and to share concerns or incidents of abuse with a trusted adult