What PeaceMaker Minnesota Will

 

 

Fund

 

 

To Help Stop Violence

 

 

 

 

  1. Material (curriculum, teaching supplies, etc.) for implementing a model or evidence-based violence prevention program.  For a program to be considered a model or evidence-based program, it must to listed as such on one of the following websites:

 

 

 

    • U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, OJJDP Model Programs Guide, Type of Program: Bullying Conflict Resolution /Interpersonal Skills, Gang Prevention, Restorative Justice, http://www.ojjdp.gov/mpg/search.aspx

 

 

 

  1. Measuring outcomes using an evaluation tool that allows comparison with other schools in other school districts and provides information that can guide future efforts at building a caring school environment.

 

At this time, the evaluation tools found meet this criteria include:

    • Minnesota Student Survey
    • An abbreviated form of the Minnesota Student Survey provided by PeaceMaker Minnesota
    • Olweus Bullying Questionnaire

 

  1. Efforts to address student needs at all levels:
    • To teach all students about bullying prevention, positive relational skills (empathy, cooperation, perspective-taking, respect, anger management, etc.) and peacemaking (peer mediation, restorative practices, nonviolent action, biographies of peacemakers or Civil Rights movement leaders and participants, genocide studies, etc.).

Examples of efforts that would be supported impacting students regardless their risk factors for perpetrating or experiencing violence include:

i.                    Implementing a classroom curriculum like Second Step or a bullying prevention program like Olweus

ii.                  Implementing a reading program, like that offered by Zaner–Bloser, that reinforces messages about empathy, problem solving, etc.

iii.                Implementing a Circle Process as a way to build communication skills and student connectedness

iv.                Bringing in a program like Youth Frontiers or Climb Theater

v.                  Hiring staff or a consultant to teach social emotional skills to all students

vi.                Hiring additional staff to help monitor places where bullying commonly takes place, such as the playground or lunchroom

vii.              Organizing a school assembly

viii.            Purchasing coloring books that reinforce bullying prevention messages

ix.                Purchasing security cameras or metal detectors

x.                  Purchasing televisions for school buses

xi.                Purchasing a Peaceful Playgrounds program

 

 

·         Targeted interventions to build protective factors for kids with risk factors for perpetrating or being victims of violence.  These interventions will only be supported to help kids with identified risk factors, not the general student population: 

i.                    Additional reading help

ii.                  Hiring staff or a consultant to teach social emotional skills

iii.                Social / emotional skill building computer programs such as Ripple Effects software

iv.                Mentoring

v.                  After school tutoring

vi.                Summer programming

vii.              Food assistance programs

viii.            Efforts like service learning that promote commitment to school

ix.                Efforts to build student engagement, friendships and connections to school

x.                  Mental health services

xi.                Suicide prevention

xii.              Financial assistance to help purchase clothes or to pay for after-school activities.

xiii.            Outreach to parents

xiv.            Gang diversion efforts

 

 

·         Risk factors include:

i.                    Involvement in the criminal behavior

ii.                  Kids that bullied or were bullied previously

iii.                Low academic achievement

iv.                Friends who engage in problem behavior

v.                  Low attachment to school

vi.                Aggressive problem-solving skills

vii.              Substance abuse

viii.            Week ties to peers

ix.                Early and persistent anti-social or problem behaviors

x.                  Economic deprivation

xi.                Little family support or parental involvement in problem behavior

xii.              Living in high crime neighborhoods

xiii.            Having a physical or mental disability

xiv.            Depression and talk about suicide

xv.              Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), perceived as LGBT or having parents who are LGBT

 

 

·         Instructive, non-punitive, consequences for kids who break school rules.  Examples of efforts that would be supported include:

i.                    To pay for a group to facilitate the restorative Circle Process

ii.                  Peer mediation programs for student conflicts (not bullying)

iii.                Educational programs within modified learning centers to prevent recidivism

 

 

·         Efforts to support kids who are hurt others such as counseling, peer mentoring, etc.

 

 

  1. Training and ongoing education in the areas of youth violence prevention for all school employees, school board members, members of the school’s Peace Maker committee, and others working with the school’s youth such as coaches.  Funds can support an annual school-wide training program that provides in-depth training for new employees and a refresher seminar for returning employees.  Funds can be used to bring in a trainer or to send people to yearly seminars, conferences, workshops, etc.

 

Examples of training and educational opportunities that would be supported by Peace Maker:  on or off-site training of school staff in an evidence-based program; training and educational programs about restorative practices, workshops organized by World Citizen; the annual bullying prevention summit organized by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), etc.

 

 

 

  1. Efforts involving staff, students, parents and the larger community.  Examples of how funds could be used in this area include:

 

    • Support a Peace Maker committee (pay for staff time devoted to managing, implementing or reporting on the school’s violence prevention efforts, pay for member trainings, food for meetings, etc.) made up of parents, staff, members from the community and students. 
    • Bring in guest speakers for parents or offer a film presentation and discussion
    • Organize a community concert on peacemaking
    • Provide peaceful parenting workshops for all students
    • Create a community public awareness campaign with billboards, videos, distribute educational material to churches, etc.
    • Create a school anti-bullying video
    • Create public service announcements to be aired on a local cable TV channel
    • Create a peacemaker calendar or have students make posters that are distributed to local churches and businesses for display
    • Pay for a bullying prevention pep rally that invites parents, grandparents and others from the community
    • Involve groups like the Jefferson Awards or Project Footsteps to help support student engagement in violence prevention efforts

 

 

  1. Efforts to give your program “roots” so that it continues from year to year.  Examples of what Peace Maker can pay for:

 

    • Staff or consultant time needed to develop rules and consequences regarding bullying and procedures for how staff should intervene
    • Staff or consultant time for monitoring and evaluating classroom implementation
    • Staff or consultant time to coordinate a school district’s safe learning environment efforts.
    • Staff or consultant time reporting to the school board on program outcomes.
    • An ongoing consultant, project manager or administrative assistant to help with ongoing implementation and improvement.
    • Designated meeting space for meeting with kids, conducting circles, etc.
    • Training for school board members.
    • Celebrations upon meeting program goals.

 

 

 

 

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