Youth-to-youth model key to prevent bullying: Red Cross

Elementary school students across Port Alberni learned about how to prevent bullying this week.

ADSS leadership students talk to a John Howitt Elementary class about bullying on Nov. 17.

Elementary school students across Port Alberni learned about how to prevent bullying this week.

Students from Mike Roberts’ leadership class at Alberni District Secondary School were at John Howitt Elementary to deliver a message on how to prevent bullying in their schools on Tuesday.

According to Roberts, ADSS decided to partner with the ‘pink shirt’ anti-bullying campaign about eight years ago.

“We decided to do something as a school. We ended up making our own lesson plans and we went into elementary schools and we delivered our own anti-bullying campaign,” he said.

When the Red Cross developed their own curriculum a few years ago, Roberts had the opportunity to get trained in it.

“We then trained some youth because youth facilitation is the name of the game,” he said.

Having older students rather than adults deliver the curriculum is key, said Mary Crocker,  Red Cross provincial lead of the Respect, Education, Violence and Abuse Prevention Program.

“This bullying prevention program is called Beyond the Hurt,” she said.

“Our program is unique because of the peer youth-to-youth model and we’ve heard through time and experience that bullying prevention works best if it’s told to kids by kids.”

Roberts agreed.

“They listen. They just do,” he said.

“Although the senior students are young adults they’re still high school kids and the youth here know that. They see the passion.”

The senior students delivering the workshops are handpicked, Roberts said.

“I don’t take just any student. They want to be involved, they need to be the right person and they need to have passion about this so that it comes out in their presentations.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/AlberniNews

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberni Golf Club reopens with new COVID-19 rules

J and L Mixed Scramble kicks off 2020 season

Help is available for Port Alberni businesses restarting after COVID-19 closures

Popular food truck finds a new location on Johnston Road

A LOOK BACK: recreation in Port Alberni’s downtown

Take a peek at Alberni Valley history with the Alberni Valley Museum

QUINN’S QUIPS: Port Alberni woman honoured for her love of helping

Carolina Tatoosh earns provincial honours for her work with Nuu-chah-nulth elders, youth

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

An ongoing updated list of Alberni Valley events affected by COVID-19

Has your event been cancelled or postponed? Check here

B.C. woman launches First Nations search, rescue and patrol program

Linda Peters envisions trained searchers ready to go at moment’s notice in each B.C. First Nation

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Man who bound, murdered Vancouver Island teen still a risk to public: parole board

Kimberly Proctor’s killer is still ‘mismanaging emotions,’ has had ‘temper tantrums’

Getting hitched at historic B.C. gold rush town still on table during COVID-19 pandemic

Micro-weddings, online visits, offered at Barkerville Historic Town and Park

Stolen gargoyle returns to its perch on central Vancouver Island yard

Petey, a concrete gargoyle statue, was returned by Nanaimo RCMP after being found by city crew

Revelstoke woman finds welcoming letter on her Alberta-registered truck

There have been multiple reports online of vandalism to vehicles with Alberta licence plates

Spirit bear possibly spotted in West Kootenay

A local resident spotted the white-coloured bear while on an evening trail run near Castlegar on May 27

Most Read