Bullying is a significant problem in Silicon Valley schools—according to the California Healthy Kids Survey, 50% of seventh-graders were verbally harassed in the past 12 months, and 34% of seventh-graders don’t feel safe at school. Click here to learn more about bullying.
To empower students to combat bullying and peer abuse, Project Cornerstone developed the Expect Respect program. Expect Respect helps students from different social groups—including bullies and victims, athletes and “mathletes,” tough kids and cheerleaders, class presidents and class clowns and everyone in between—work together to find common ground and create a “new normal” for their school where all students are accepted and supported by their peers.
In Expect Respect, a diverse team of students attends an intensive half-day workshop where they learn about bullying’s serious consequences, how to identify bullying behavior and how to effectively STAND UP to bullies. Then, the team identifies the kinds of bullying that take place at their school and creates an action plan to stop bullying and improve the overall school climate. Project Cornerstone provides follow-up support and coaching throughout the year to students and faculty advisors to help ensure that their action plan is fully implemented.
Expect Respect is aligned with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians for effective bullying prevention programs, and received national recognition from Sports Illustrated for helping student take a stand against bullying at their schools.
Expect Respect is aligned with and reinforces the curriculum for the ABC program so that students learn and apply the same vocabulary and concepts. But, the ABC program isn’t a requirement to hold a successful Expect Respect workshop at your school.
For more information about Expect Respect, contact us at (408) 351-6482 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff, students, and school volunteers who have participated in the Expect Respect workshop can access additional resources here.
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