SSA Expansion Training
Changing the climate of a school will not happen overnight.
In fact, experience shows us that it takes about 3 years for the SSA program to really take root at a school. During this time, the number of Ambassadors will naturally decline, due to attrition, graduation, and other factors. To maintain an effective program, schools must have a “critical mass” of Ambassadors, which means they must train new Ambassadors every year or two.
Expansion Trainings replicate the Initial Training. They are 2 days in length, and are designed for training up to 40 NEW elementary, middle, or high school students and 6-8 adults; on Day 2, schools may add up to 12 previously-trained veteran Ambassadors. (1:6 adult to student ratio for each day).
To equip Ambassadors to be effective, they cover four key elements:
- Developing an understanding of the problem so that Ambassadors will notice mistreatment;
- Developing an understanding of the costs of cruelty to motivate Ambassadors to take action;
- Skills training (Actions) and practice
- Understanding program requirements (e.g. family group meetings, Code of Conduct, and Action Logs);
Expansion Trainings also provide a great avenue for bringing new adults into the program.
Schools are strongly encouraged to schedule fall Expansion Trainings in the spring in order to get their first choice of dates.