Programs and Services
The Community Matters Difference
Principles - We understand that it is not possible to legislate civility or punish young people into being tolerant. We focus on waking up the courage of students and adults to change the social norms that allow bullying to occur.
Process - We build collaborative relationships with the organizations we serve. We listen, ask questions, and assess your current efforts. Our tools, resources and trainings result in measurable and sustainable improvements in the overall school climate.
Results - Our programs and services help prevent and measurably reduce bullying and violence, positively affecting attendance as well as academic achievement. They help young people develop into capable, connected and contributing members of society.
Programs & Services
For cost information, please see the Program & Services Guide page
The programs and services listed below are components of our Whole School Climate Framework. They are modular, providing the flexibility to address each school's specific culture, needs and goals. They can be implemented in phases over time in a coordinated way that doesn't overwhelm, gains support and buy-in and leads to sustainable change.
Whole School Climate 360 Audit
Our WSC 360 Audit helps school districts develop a deeper understanding of the essential role that school climate plays in achieving their core mandates. It provides an assessment of current strengths, gaps and opportunities for improvement. Click here to learn more.
Safe School Ambassadors®
The nation's most effective youth-centered bystander education program that prevents and stops bullying, cyberbullying and harassment. More than 60,000 students in over 1,200 schools across the country have demonstrated that this research-based program strengthens school climates, reduces bullying-related incidents, increases attendance and promotes academic excellence. Click here to learn more. (For smaller schools, see Connect & Respect program below.)
Waking Up Courage Assembly
This powerful, high-energy event delivers a compelling message to all students that bullying is not OK, and silence isn't either. It introduces students to youth-friendly language and skills they can use to safely and effectively defuse, de-escalate and stop bullying behavior. Click here to learn more.
Staff & Administrator Development Trainings
We help schools and other educational organizations empower and equip their staff - certificated, classified and administrative - to increase their understanding of the pervasive nature of bullying and cyberbullying. These engaging workshops strengthen skills for interacting positively with students and building a positive climate that promotes educational excellence. Click here to learn more.
This engaging, informative and skill-based two-hour session helps parents/guardians improve their interactions with their children, learn how to manage their children's social media activities and improve communication with the school staff. Click here to learn more.
Connect & Respect
For smaller schools, Connect & Respect is a one-day program that provides students and faculty with the skills and experiences to challenge stereotypes about one another and build more positive relationships, which reduces mistreatment and improves the overall social-emotional climate. Click here to learn more.
This one-day event brings diverse and influential youth together to discuss significant issues such as racial tensions, gang involvement, drugs and alcohol, bullying and violence. Through the summit, participants challenge stereotypes, openly share their views, generate ideas and recommendations, and learn ways to work more effectively with school adult leaders. Click here to learn more.
Safer Schools Community Symposium
This one-day Symposium brings together high-level decision-makers of a city, county, or region - the leaders best positioned to be partners, funders and advocates. The symposium presents the latest research and "best-practice" strategies for creating safer schools and empowering youth to reduce bullying and violence. Click here to learn more.
Keynotes and Presentations
Dynamically delivered and customized to your organization's audience and objectives. Topics include "Building Safer Schools from the Inside Out," "From Bystanders to Peacemakers: Empowering Youth to Stop Bullying and Violence," and others addressing strengthening school climate, violence prevention and youth development. Click here to learn more.