UpStanders: Stand Up to Bullying
This initiative provides students with the knowledge they need to be positive change agents in their school. Students are empowered to stand up and speak out if they witness bullying. As 9 out of 10 bullying incidents occur when no adults are present, students play a vital role in both bullying prevention and the promotion of a positive school climate.
Rooted in Holocaust education, the UpStanders Initiative encourages students to explore why people behave the way they do. Long before the Final Solution, the Nazis and their collaborators used language to insult, demean, isolate and dehumanize their victims, much like bullies treat their targets. The program is meant to inspire students to realize that they have the ability to make a difference for good; to be a positive influence in the lives of others, and while doing so to improve and enrich their school community.
The UpStanders Program feature four core presentations and supplemental materials for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
1) Students visit the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center in Maitland, Florida. They learn the history of the Holocaust and how it relates to human rights and American ideals. They also explore how prejudice and bias can escalate into violence and discrimination and discover the power of speaking out against bullying.
2) A Holocaust Center staff member visits schools and presents to students about bullying prevention. Students are provided with a tool-kit for how to recognize bullying and safe ways to intervene in order to stop bullying. The key to empowering students is turning bystander behavior into ‘UpStander’ behavior.
3) Students hear the personal testimony of renowned speaker John Halligan, whose son took his own life after being bullied in elementary and middle school. Mr. Halligan encourages students to think about the consequences of bullying as they relate to teen depression and society as a whole. John is also available to do an evening program for parents that focuses on information he and his wife Kelly wish they had known.
4) Mitch Bloomer, the Holocaust Center’s resource teacher will provide an in-school presentation on the history and lessons of the Holocaust as they relate to the UpStander concept. Thousands of lives were saved during the Holocaust because of a few Rescuers who were ready to take risks to protect their friends and neighbors because it was, simply, the right thing to do. Mr. Bloomer has developed a curriculum that draws a clear connection between bullying, bystanders and the Holocaust. His message to the students is that they can learn to become an UpStander rather than a bystander. This presentation is 45 minutes.
In addition to the core program components, the UpStanders Program includes bullying prevention trainings for parents and teachers. Also, when students are in 8th grade, they are encouraged to serve as mentors to younger students through activities such as starting an UpStanders after-school club, creating PSAs, participating in poster competitions, etc. The program is also accompanied by a curriculum guide that draws clear connections between the lessons of the program and concepts already being addressed in the classroom
The LEAD Program, part of Aspire Health Partners New Horizons Program, provides students with an opportunity to learn the skills needed to make a positive difference in their schools. LEAD stands for leadership, empathy, acceptance, and diversity. This intensive experiential workshop held on your campus will provide opportunities for students to explore their own preconceived thoughts and feelings in order to strengthen their acceptance and empathy about their peers. This experiential workshop will also teach specific skills and provide an opportunity for students to practice what they have learned with their peers
Focus on Safety
This is a program sponsored by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. This program is designed to educate students on the following topics: violence prevention, substance abuse, bullying (including cyber bullying) and character education. This program is taught by Seminole County deputy Sheriffs and is provided to 5th grade elementary students. For additional information you may contact the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Division (407-708-7640).
Challenge Day's mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression.
Our 6 1/2-hour Challenge Day program is designed for 100 students. Our program is created to build connection and empathy, and to fulfill our vision that every child lives in a world where they feel safe, loved, and celebrated. Challenge Day is more than a one-day program. Our programs go beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts, building empathy and igniting a movement of compassion and positive change, known as the Be the Change movement.
Seminole County high schools participate in Challenge Day on a rotating basis.
Narcotics, Overdose, Prevention and Education (NOPE) Program
The cornerstone of the NOPE mission is the high-impact, multimedia presentation that is delivered to high school students. The NOPE presentation is purposefully blunt and evokes powerful emotions. The response from students, parents and teachers has been very positive. Many students reach out to NOPE's wealth of resources beyond the presentation and seek guidance for themselves or to get help for a friend.
Seminole County high schools participate in the NOPE program on a rotating basis.
Mock DUI Program
Teens and parents from the high school participate in this emotional reenactment simulating a fatal DUI car crash on prom night. The mock crash scene goes through each step of how law enforcement, emergency medical technicians, fire rescue, ambulance and rescue technicians combine their efforts to save victims' lives when an actual crash occurs. The purpose of the Mock DUI program is to educate younger drivers of the possible ramifications and potential dangers related to drinking and driving.
The Seminole County Mock DUI program is presented to every Seminole County public high school and two private schools on a bi-annual basis.
To Be Kind
To Be Kind (TBK) was established in 2011 by the Leadership Class at Lake Brantley High School. Unlike many other bullying programs, TBK seeks to prevent bullying rather than react to it. The program was launched via social media and has quickly established itself as a highly appreciated and impactful program. Schools throughout Central Florida have established TBK programs in order to remind students how it feels to be treated with kindness; something that is easy to forget.
In 2012, TBK partnered with Orlando's WFTV Channel 9 and WRDQ TV 27 to create public service announcements for elementary, middle, and high school students. These PSAs aired from September 2012 until February 2013 throughout the Central Florida area.
In 2013, TBK experienced a major milestone when it was selected by player Rob Valentino of the Orlando City Soccer Lions as his player cause. The partnership with Rob and Kay Rawlins, OCS' Director of Community Relations, has brought many new and wonderful opportunities to the program.
With the support of the local school district, the community, and many wonderful sponsors, TBK is looking forward to continued growth and to provide new resources for all who wish to bring this program to their area. For more information, or to request a guest speaker, please contact us. Please note that guest appearances are limited to the Greater Orlando area.