The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed for students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. Goals of the program include
- reducing existing bullying problems among students
- preventing the development of new bullying problems
- achieving better peer relations at school
For more information on this world renown program, please click here.
The Highmark Foundation and its partners at the Center for Safe Schools and Windber Research Institute launched a web video, "Understanding and Responding to Bullying: What Parents Can Do?", in recognition of Bullying Prevention Month.
Bullying is a national concern due to its prevalence and documented effects on health and learning. Parents whose children are affected by bullying may wonder what they can do to help. Others may wonder what they can do to prepare a child to respond when confronted with peer aggression.
The webinars provide information about bullying, its effects, and how parents can help their children deal with bullying issues. They also include information about the role of the school in addressing bullying and tips for how parent groups can initiate a bullying prevention partnership with educators. Please click here to register for future webinars or view past sessions.
Each year we kick off the OLWEUS program by inviting a speaker who relates well to our students and delivers a powerful message that aims to address the goals of our program such as recognizing each other's differences, respect, and developing self-esteem. Please read about some of the speakers we have hosted.
- Doug Revis is set to visit JMS on September 7, 2018, to discuss "Silent Strength" with the students. Mr. Revis began speaking after the death of his brother Chris, who was born with brain damage. In the 41 years that Chris lived, he never spoke a single word, yet he left an indelible mark on all who had a chance to meet him. Now, Mr. Revis travels the county in hope that his stories will teach students about the love and positive impact that Chris shed throughout his short life.
To read more about Doug Revis and his program, please click here.
- Josh Drean visited JMS on September 12, 2017, with his motivational program, "Defeat Bullying Positively". Drean's high energy performances engage students as he discusses topics that are paramount to kids and teens. Originating from Utah, Drean attended Brigham Young University, where he earned a degree in psychology and served as the school's mascot, Cosmo the Cougar. In addition to traveling across the country as a motivational speaker, he is also a professional beatboxer and street performer.
To read more about Josh Drean and his program, please click here or visit joshdrean.com.
- Jon Pritikin has visited JMS a few times over the years with his program entitles, "No One Eats Alone". Diagnosed with a learning disability as a young child, Jon faced relentless bullying from peers and even his teachers who did not believe that he would ever overcome his challenges. Over the past 20 years, he has spoken to over 8 million people worldwide about his own struggles as well as how to deal with bullying, low self-esteem, and rising above obstacles.
To read more about Jon Pritikin, please click here.