Category: Press

Pat Kerrigan interviews Community Matters CEO Diana Curtin

August 1, 2019 KSRO Radio

Pat Kerrigan speaks with Community Matters CEO Diana Curtin about our mission and the Safe School Ambassadors® Program, and how it changes the culture on school campuses.

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Safeguarding Schools Inside-Out Instead of Outside-In

April 20 2019 by Karen Bossick, eyeonsunvalley.com

Most schools adopt an adult-driven, control-driven, outside-in approach to secure schools. They rely on school resource officers, punitive policies and, often, metal detectors. That approach—keeping trouble out—may work at an airport or in a prison but not in schools, says Community Matters founder Rick Phillips.

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Most bullying happens away from adults. This Wisconsin school teaches kids to step in.

April 3, 2019 by Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
(Photo: Tork Mason/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Safe School Ambassadors at Adams-Friendship High School in Wisconsin are making a difference in the lives of their peers.

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Together we can end bullying

December 6, 2017 (updated) by Amy Neumann, Sean Gardner, Ann Tran, Huffington Post

Bullying has become a huge issue these days, both online and off. Not just for individuals, but also for families and communities.

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To fight cyberbullying, school makes students online hall monitors

July 13, 2015 by Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle

Students at Pasadena High School train as Safe School Ambassadors to stop cyberbullying.

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Safe School Ambassadors lead the change

March 3, 2014 OpEd by Karla Conroy, SSA Program Adviisor, Adele Harrison Middle School, Sonoma Index-Tribune

The Community Matters Safe School Ambassadors program, and the Waking Up Courage Assembly, have led to a change in the school environment at Adele Harrison Middle School.

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HuffPost Greatest Person Of The Day: Rick Phillips Stops Bullying From The Inside Out

May 9, 2011 by Lucas Kavner, Huffington Post

Community Matters founder Rick Phillips discusses his journey from childhood to a career in education, and ultimately to the founding of Community Matters and the creation of the Safe School Ambassadors® Program.

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