Starting a Stop Bullying Now Club at your school is one of the most effective ways to address the problem. The club can meet every month to plan bullying prevention activities. The members can include students, the principal, teachers, athletic coaches, school counselors, and bus drivers. The leaders of the team will be responsible for starting school-wide bullying prevention programs using the initiatives listed in the Strategies section of the website.
Step 1: Get Started
- Find a teacher, counselor or other adult to serve as your Leadership Team advisor.
- Meet together with your high school Leadership Team and your adult advisor to discuss the characteristics and behaviors common among young children.
Step 2: Involve Others
- Ask the Project Team adult advisors to help you recruit a group of 12 to 15 younger children to form the Project Team.
Step 3: Start the Conversation
- Meet with the Project Team to start a discussion.
- Let the Project Team members do most of the talking; the Leadership Team should facilitate the discussions.
Step 4: Plan a Project around Bullying
- Meet often, possibly once a week, with the Project Team to review key bullying prevention messages.
- Brainstorm with the Project Team about the ideas for their project. What is the purpose and what are their goals for the project?
Step 5: Showcase the Project
- Help the Project Team plan an event at the school that showcases their project and the lessons learned about how to Stop Bullying Now!
Step 6: Evaluate the Project
- Debrief with the Project Team and Project Team Advisor
- Review the development process. What happened? What did you accomplish? What did you learn?
The Youth Leaders Toolkit will provide you with step by step instructions for creating and maintaining a bullying prevention club, including worksheets to help you get organized.