The UAB Grant Program is open to all school districts and organizations working with students in Canada and the US until March 31st, 2017. With a United Against Bullying (UAB) grant you have the power to change students’ lives, moment by moment.
One school started an anti-bullying club but the students didn’t join. The teacher decided to change the focus of the club from anti-bullying to kindness, compassion, and what the students wanted to see in their school. Today there are 50-70 active club members participating regularly in random acts of kindness, making welcome bags for new students, decorating lockers of students who look like they could use a friend, and being an active ‘upstander’ – reporting any bullying they see and offering support. A school bus program with the same incentives and recognition for students who demonstrate respect and compassion was made possible with the UAB grant money.
“If you talk bout change but don’t change the reward and recognition system, nothing changes.”
– Paul Allaire
A common theme we are seeing in previous grant winners’ stories is the power of reward and recognition, of encouraging and focusing on the wanted behaviors – kindness, compassion, and empathy – which in turn empowers youth and makes them feel good about themselves. The kind actions cause positive ripple effects for everyone in the school community.
Sign language for “I love you.”
To inspire your anti-bullying or kindness program development, here are some strategies from previous grant winners:
United Against Bullying is running a Resource Tuesday campaign on Facebook and Twitter every Tuesday from January until March 31st, showcasing organizations offering resources, training, and inspiration to spark ideas for your proposal. All of the programs highlighted have free resources. Many have videos and guides for teachers and parents.
A small grant can purchase a lot of small prizes to encourage and recognize positive, kind behaviors. Younger students are happy with erasers, pencils, or bracelets. One high school asked their students what rewards would motivate them and the entire school administration honored their choices of one night off from doing homework or one extended break period.
Enrolling students in the process of designing your anti-bullying or kindness program will bring more willingness and participation of the students. Our youth are the ones who can end bullying – if they are encouraged, recognized, and empowered. Kind actions will cause positive ripple effects for everyone in the school community.
May you be inspired to make a difference for the students in your care. Fill out the grant application online today. It is a simple process with unlimited possibilities. unitedagainstbullying.net/grant
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