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 Assessment

Our WSC 360 Assessment 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.

Professional 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.

Parent Workshop

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.

Youth Summit

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.

Call 707-823-6159 to schedule a no-cost preliminary school climate assessment

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The Safe School Ambassadors program has provided us with a well-designed student-to-student initiative that has made a positive difference in over 30 of our district’s schools. - Alison Adler, Ed.D., Chief, Safety & Learning Environment, School District of Palm Beach County, FL
…valuable BIG picture view of the school district and city…student presentations were impressive… provided a great opportunity to develop ideas and network into action plans… very motivating. - Safer Schools Symposium Participants
I knew I wanted to break the old mold of keynote ‘speeches’ and move our participants into a different mode. You made it happen. . . . Thank you for a great energizer and motivating keynote. - Starla Jewell-Kelley, Executive Director, National Community Education Association

Ten Keys to Safer Schools

Learn more about this school climate assessment and planning tool.