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How Youth Empowerment Leads to a Positive School Climate and Academic Success

By Diana Curtin, CEO Community Matters When effective youth empowerment is integrated as an integral way of operating, it is transformative for students, adults and schools. National best practices and current research validates that when schools make youth empowerment a cornerstone of their comprehensive school climate efforts, schools become communities where staff and students feel
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Bullying, Cyberbullying and Teen Suicide: Risks and Prevention Strategies

by William Grace Frost Former Director of Strategic Relations, Community Matters Data recently published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), indicates that suicide is now the #1 cause of death for 11-14 years olds in America. The first time I heard this statistic, it nearly took my breath away. Then after the shock wore
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How Students Can Help Prevent Sexual Misconduct at School

by Dr. Glenn Lipson Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, MakingRightChoices.com In the insurance industry, SAM refers to sexual abuse and molestation incidents. It seems that every other day in the news there is another person in a school being accused of engaging in inappropriate intimacy with a student. One of these events is too many, but
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Risk Factors & Solutions For Supporting LGBTQ Students

by De Palazzo Statewide Safe Schools Director, Equality Florida When I was a youth, there was nothing that would aggravate me more than watching someone being treated like a second class person—simply because they were different, whether that difference be pertaining to their size, weight, shoes, hair, belt, how they walked, how they talked, held
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Peer Pressure and Peer Intervention – One Voice Can Make the Difference

by Lyndsey Burcina Curriculum Developer & Program Coordinator, Metta Center for Nonviolence Teen addiction rates are on the rise, and the cause can often be linked to the need for peer acceptance. Every day, youth between the ages of 11 to 18 are pressured by their peers to try something new. It used to be
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A City’s Collaborative Approach to Violence Prevention

by Jason Carter Violence Prevention Manager, City of Santa Rosa, CA In the late 1990s and early 2000’s, the City of Santa Rosa was experiencing an increasing amount of violent street gang activity, and an acknowledgement by the Santa Rosa Police Department that the City could not arrest our way out of the gang problem.
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Amplifying Youth Voice in a Restorative School Community

by Sue Perkins Director of Training & Program Development, Community Matters “Begin with the end in mind.” – Stephen R. Covey During staff development workshops I often ask educators to reflect and share why they decided on a career in education. “To support kids”, “Because I wanted to make a difference”, “My third-grade teacher changed
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Youth Empowerment Is Key to Bullying Prevention

by Bernadette Sproul Director of Finance & HR, Community Matters As National Bullying Prevention Month is recognized in communities across America, with schools and other organizations joined as partners, awareness of bullying and its consequences continues to be a vital part of our nation’s conversation. Why is it so important to bring attention to this
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Successful School Climate Improvement: 5 Action Steps for Starting the Year Off Right

by Rick Phillips Founder, Community Matters It’s déjà vu all over again, as another start to the school year is upon us. This is a time to reconnect to our reasons for caring about students and doing all we can to ensure that they attend schools where they feel welcome, safe and connected to caring
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