"Be Upstanding" Bullying Prevention Program
The purpose of this school-wide program is to reduce bullying incidents in middle and high schools, and to initiate a systemic prevention network within the school community.
The "Be UpStanding" Bullying & Harassment Prevention Workshops teach students social skills, model specific actions, and demonstrate ways of being and behaving that can empower students to reduce peer-harassment, as well as self-harm. The "Be UpStanding" program serves as a catalyst to support peer-led intervention to alter school cultures around bullying. Workshop surveys are used to assess school and community specific needs, and to capture data unique to each school's social and ecological frameworks, a practice recommended in leading bullying prevention research (Swearer, Espelage, Vaillancourt & Hymel, 2010).
Peace Ambassador Leadership Program
In 2010, National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE) launched the Peace Ambassador Leadership Program as way to train students to co-facilitate NVEEE's signature 'Be Upstanding' Bullying and Suicide Prevention curriculum in K-12 schools. Studies have shown that youth are more likely to listen and respond to other youth in educational interventions, setting the stage for them to serve as role models and change makers.
Once a month, virtually or in-person, youth and young adults meet with trained professionals to develop leadership and conflict resolution skills, participate in service learning projects, increase self esteem and personal development, enhance public speaking skills, and most of all, students learn to show empathy, tolerance, and respect for others. The result of these trainings have been monumental.
Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit (PALS)
Each year 20 Peace Ambassadors are also chosen as Jr. Staffers (Group Leaders) at the Summer Peace Ambassador Leadership Summit (PALS) hosted by The Honor's College at Florida International University. PALS was created for high school students ages 14-19 in order to provide daily service learning opportunities, teach leadership skills, increase self- esteem and personal development, develop conflict resolution skills, learn peer mediation, enhance public speaking ability, and most of all students learn to show empathy, tolerance, and respect for others. PALS is open to all students including those who have either witnessed or experienced bullying at any point in there lives. Students participate in activities such as writing and producing public service announcements, role-playing how to positively react to different bullying scenarios, financial literacy, nutrition and more.
Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program
In addition to known research of mentoring theory, what is unique about NVEEE is that 1) youth are paired with a mentor, and in turn mentees are paired with a younger person that they also mentor [teaching what you learn], 2) youth get a wide variety of life skills coaching that include skills for academic success, appropriate social behaviors and etiquette, self-esteem and emotional intelligence, and teamwork and interpersonal skills, and 3) participation in the mentoring program is not terminal - there is a close-knit 'second family' interpersonal culture which fosters participants to transform into new NVEEE leaders when they age out of the program.