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Safe School Ambassadors: Harnessing Student Power to Stop Bullying and Violence

Safe School Ambassadors: Harnessing Student Power to Stop Bullying and Violence

Rick Phillips, John Linney, Chris Pack

ISBN: 978-0-470-19742-4

Apr 2008

352 pages

Select type: Paperback

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Safe School Ambassadors is an essential guide for school administrators, counselors, teachers, parents, and youth organization leaders. It challenges the current ""outside-in"" thinking?that keeping schools safe is accomplished primarily by adults through heightened security and stricter policies. It makes the case for a complementary ?inside-out? approach that taps the power of students to change the social norms of a school culture in order to stop bullying and violence.


Part I: The Extent and Costs of Mistreatment and the Outside-In Response.

Chapter 1: A Day in the Life.

Chapter 2: The High Cost of Mistreatment.

Chapter 3: The Outside-In Approach.

Part II Building Safer Schools from the Inside Out.

Chapter 4: The Inside-Out Approach.

Chapter 5: Building a Safe School Climate.

Part III: Youth as Social Change Agents.

Chapter 6: Empowering Youth.

Chapter 7: Understanding and Mobilizing Bystanders.

Chapter 8: From Bystanders to Peacemakers.

Chapter 9: Results and Stories of Ambassadors in Action.

Part IV: A Call to Action.

Chapter 10: A Road Map for the Future.

Appendix A: Presentation Tips.

Appendix B: Responding to Questions and Concerns.

Appendix C: Ambassador Survey.

Appendix D: Recruiting Allies and Partners.

Appendix E : Needs Assessment.




  • Bullying and violence in schools are a very hot topic at the moment, from the extreme violence of school shootings, to the everyday bullying going on in the average middle school playground.  Every counselor, school psychologist, and teacher needs training in how to deal with this.
  • The authors have developed a unique program, called ""Safe School Ambassadors"" that has been used at 500 schools (over 20,000 children and teens have received the training described in the book) with marked results.
  • The program enlists students themselves in the prevention of violence and bullying by training them to respond with specific strategies to diffuse different situations.  Rather than becoming ""snitches"" for the administration, these ""ambassadors,"" who are typically leaders of different cliques, are trained to deal effectively with their peers and work to create a culture in which cruelty and violence are not tolerated.
  • Safe School Ambassadors has a cadre of seven trainers who work with schools around the country.