Community Matters in the News
Click on the links below to access articles on Safe School Ambassadors and other Community Matters programs and services, as well as interviews of and editorials by Executive Director Rick Phillips.
Safe School Ambassadors take an "inside-out" approach, believing students have the power to peacefully interject in many situations when they see bullying and harassment among other students. Teachers and staff alone cannot solve these problems, and the Safe School Ambassador Program is one piece of a school-wide effort to engage students as part of the solution.
In Community Unit District 300, three schools in Carpentersville and Algonquin have launched a new anti-bullying program this year. The Safe School Ambassador Program is student-driven. Leaders in the various social groups are trained to prevent, stop or report bullying, whether it is Internet-based or happens within the school.
The Joseph and Janice Lueken Family Foundation on Thursday unveiled its plan to fund the implementation of the Safe Schools Ambassador program throughout Bemidji Area Schools' six elementary schools.
Aransas Pass High School Safe School Ambassadors visited Kieberger Elementary Tuesday, May 21 to share the Dr. Seuss book, Horton Hears a Who and the advantages of becoming a SSA student.
Orangeburg, SC Consolidated School District Three is taking a proactive approach in tackling the issue of bullying in the schools by introducing the Safe School Ambassadors Program to train selected student leaders how to identify bullying and to “intervene non-violently.
Changing a culture of hazing in schools takes more than the mere adoption of anti-bullying policies or having students take pledges - it requires making the school environment not just physically but emotionally safer
Students from Lincoln Junior High in Taft, CA are taking the battle against bullying up another step, and, as Lincoln assistant principal Heather Ward told the District's Board of Education, it's starting to pay off.
115 students from grades 4 through 12 in the Reed-Custer Consolidated Union School District in Braidwood, Illinois, participated in a two-day, comprehensive training program to become Safe School Ambassadors.
CM Executive Director Rick Phillips addressed the National Safety Response Conference, held in Las Vegas, NV on January 16 - 18, 2013 on the topic of "Creating Safe Schools from the Inside-Out".
Sebastopol-based nonprofit shows students how to create a culture of kindness at school.
CM Executive Director Rick Phillips is interviewed by Melissa Forman on WCIU-TV about the Safe School Ambassadors program and our work with schools in the Chicago area.
Urbana Middle School program making a difference with ‘Safe School Ambassadors’
Students from five of Guam's secondary schools have been picked to become Safe School Ambassadors. The student ambassadors are being trained this week to not just talk about bullying and school violence but to put a stop to it by influencing their peers in a positive way.
We can’t legislate this problem away. We can’t punish our children into being compassionate. The best solution is to wake up the courage of bystanders.
Punishment sounds great, but it rarely stops the taunts, assaults and cyber-attacks. There's really only one thing that works. Students must speak out and stand up to their peers. That was the message at a daylong conference this week attended by school officials from San Francisco and the Bay Area.
The new documentary “Bully” will be tough to watch, but Sebastopol's Rick Phillips is hoping teens and adults who see it won't trudge home feeling hopeless.
“If not me, who? If not now, when?” That is the mantra of the Safe School Ambassadors.
At Urbana Middle School, the message is out: Bullying is not acceptable.
It's something no parent wants their child to go through, but it happens in schools every day.
Everything we want –- higher graduation rates, less violence, cultural respect and diversity –- all of that will happen if we create a real community in the schools.