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The Upstander curriculum employs fun, exciting, and thought provoking activities to build an environment of trust and understanding. Through this consistent eight week program students are brought to an understanding of what negative peer behavior is and what they can do about it in their circles.
What is Upstander?
Upstander is an anti-bullying curriculum that is designed to focus on prevention and intervention. This is primarily accomplished through engaging high-school students in a conversation about negative social behaviors that lead to bullying in their schools and teaching them how to effectively intervene in deteriorating social situations.
Unlike most available programing - that concentrate on the perpetrators or victims in bullying situations – Upstander approaches the topic from the “Bystander’s” perspective, a category in to which the vast majority of students fall. These students are neither perpetrating nor being bullied but their presence gives an implied acceptance which may allow hurtful behaviors to continue.
Why Does Upstander Work?
The structure of the Upstander curriculum consists of eight interactive seminars that take place during the school year, rather than providing one-time exposure. The educational material provides students with interactive activities and the opportunity to become an active part of the solution by proposing new ideas to reduce bullying within their own school environment.
How It Started?
Media coverage and events have highlighted the need for better education and increased awareness on the lasting effects bullying has on victims and social climates within schools. In 2010 Friendship Circle was in a unique position to make a contribution in the field of anti-bullying. Seventeen years of experience in recruiting and educating thousands of teenage volunteers across the globe combined with the access to nationally recognized experts in the field of anti-bullying, allowed for the development of an innovative anti-bullying program, titled, “Upstander.”
Up•stand•er |uhp-stan-der| noun
A person who is present during any social interaction and takes action to ensure positive a outcome.
Example: Somone would have gotten hurt if the upstander hadn't stopped the fight.