Category: Press

Student ambassadors train against bullying, violence

September 9, 2019 KUAM News

About 400 recruited students from nine private schools and one public high school participated in the two-day Safe School Ambassadors® training that was hosted for the sixth year by the Judiciary of Guam in partnership with the Guam Department of Education.

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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.


Safeguarding Schools Inside-Out Instead of Outside-In

April 20 2019 by Karen Bossick,

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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Cyberbullying Prevention – Rick Phillips

February 26, 2019 – Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) podcast

Community Matters founder Rick Phillips discusses the growing prevalance, causes and effects of cyberbullying on today’s youth with host Tiquan Gilbert of PRIMA.


Diana Curtin on Sonoma County’s Talking

September 19, 2018 – KZST Radio

Community Matters Executive Director Diana Curtin is interviewed by news director and host Ted Williams on Sonoma County’s Talking and discusses CM’s mission and the Safe School Ambassadors® program.


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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New Study: Cool Kids Get Bullied Too

April 2, 2014 – KQED Forum with Michael Krasny

CM founder Rick Phillips joins a panel of experts on bullying to discuss a study of North Carolina youth that showed a surprising increase in bullying victimization as they went higher up the social ladder.


Safe School Ambassadors lead the change

March 3, 2014 OpEd by Karla Conroy, SSA Program Advisor, 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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