SOS creates safety and belonging so students succeed academically, feel comfortable being themselves, and develop character assets. Our proven peer-facilitated programs help orient and connect students to their school. Contact us if you are interested in our trainings.

All offerings are individualized for the client after an initial discussion regarding needs, demographics and time issues. Most trainings involve students and/or staff and parents.

Anti-bullying Programs

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Being An Ally

This 4 hour course offering (includes one hour with staff, 3 with students) trains staff and students in specific strategies that will help them to recognize and neutralize the daily bullying that takes place on the playground, in the classroom and on the internet and replace it with empathy. The training is specially designed to work in single classrooms or single grade levels where the teacher or the team is committed to the program. It can eventually become a school wide program, but this offering can show positive change in a single classroom. The classroom teacher must be engaged with the students to be successful. It would be possible to train two classrooms of students with the involvement of the classroom teacher and one parent or another staff member per class. The extra hour of training includes one hour instruction for the classroom teacher before the student training.

Peer Mentors - grades 9-12

This is a 4 hour training for student leaders who will mentor students that have been referred for bullying, homophobia and/or hate language in an afterschool setting, helping them with their homework and respectful behavior issues on a regular basis.

School Assemblies

Designed by request.

Odd Girl Out - grades 7-12

This is a 2 -1/2 hour film and discussion with young women and their mothers about girl bullying which is scheduled after school or in the evening. Presented by the consultants or can be taught to staff/parents to facilitate

LEARN - Learn Empathy and Respect Now - grades 6-12

This is a 6 hour evening alternative to suspension program which involves students and their parents and a minimum of two local staff members. It requires cooperation from the administrators who make referrals to the program (instead of suspension) for disrespectful or harassing behavior. The training for this program involves 1 hour of staff training, 2 hours of facilitation training and facilitator ( two staff) attendance at the first series of evenings ( 6 hours, 2 hours per week)

This program has also been adapted to be presented as a two hour training for sports teams, dance teams and cheerleaders, either as prevention or for those teams who are facing sportsmanship issues.

Positive Discipline - for parents

2 hour program with a respectful behavior focus

Creating a Common Language of Respect at Home - for parents

2 hour program

Conflict Mediation Programs

Peer Mediation - grades 7-12

Curriculum from Peninsula Conflict Mediation Center, San Mateo, California – Redwood City

This 6-hour training involves learning and practicing active communication skills including listening, restating, reflecting, questioning, empathy, and expressing feelings.

It teaches a prescribed script based on two peer mediators working with two disputants to solve their problem.   Practice is included in the training.

Conflict Managers on the Playground - grades 3-6

This 6-hour training involves learning and practicing active communication skills including listening, restating, reflecting, questioning, empathy, and expressing feelings.

It teaches a prescribed script based on two conflict managers working with two disputants to solve their problem. Practice is included in the training. The level of skill work based on age is the difference between the two trainings above.

Bridges to Safety

Bridges to Safety - grades 4-8

The Bridges to Safety training enriches the Conflict Manager on the Playground program so that trained students are prepared to do the character education lessons in Bridges to Safety with younger students in the school. One hour of the six hours of training is spent helping the on-site coordinator devise an implementation plan for Bridges to Safety.

Philosophy behind Bridges to Safety

Bridges to Safety enables younger students to get to know their conflict managers, and they are then more likely to use the program. Anecdotal evidence shows that initially managers and mediators have trouble getting business. This is exactly why we developed BTS – to give the students a way to introduce themselves to their peers in a non-threatening way.

Talk It Out

Talk It Out - grades K-6

by Barbara Porro

This is a 6 hour staff-only training (which can be done in three 2-hour segments) that teaches a specific structure and strategies for empowering young students to solve their own problems.

School Transition Programs

Middle and Freshman Transition

This is a 12 hour training (can be done in 3 – 4 hour sessions) in which upper grade peers will learn the skills needed to mentor incoming students who are transitioning from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school . Leaders will meet in groups of 5-6 students during regular school time during a scheduled period at least 6 times throughout the first semester and facilitate interactive lessons such as respectful behavior strategies, cultural competencies, sexual harassment, stereotypes, bullying, etc. Incoming students will develop a positive relationship with an upper class student who will help them to learn about their new school, develop positive attitudes and work habits, feel safe and maximize the academic and social successes in their new environment. This program is appropriate for middle schools and high schools and has been shown to influence attrition rates, grades, acceptance of diversity. It also aids the teacher in classroom management. It has been vetted by the Social Policy Research Institute of Menlo Park and by researchers at San Francisco State University.

Sharon Yoerg and Maureen Campbell provide additional peer mediation, community-building, and conflict resolution training to compliment the Student Transition and Peer Mediation programs. Please contact us with your request.

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