Listen to your friends if they share troubling
feelings or thoughts. Encourage them to get help from a trusted adult-such as a school
psychologist, counselor, social worker, leader from the faith community, or other
professional. If you are very concerned, seek help for them. Share your concerns with your
Create, join, or support student organizations that
combat violence, such as "Students Against Destructive Decisions" and
"Young Heroes Program."
Work with local businesses and community groups to
organize youth-oriented activities that help young people think of ways to prevent school
and community violence. Share your ideas for how these community groups and businesses can
support your efforts.
Organize an assembly and invite your school
psychologist, school social worker, and counselor--in addition to student panelists--to
share ideas about how to deal with violence, intimidation, and bullying.
Get involved in planning, implementing, and
evaluating your school's violence prevention and response plan.
Participate in violence prevention programs such as
peer mediation and conflict resolution. Employ your new skills in other settings, such as
the home, neighborhood, and community.
Work with your teachers and administrators to
create a safe process for reporting threats, intimidation, weapon possession, drug
selling, gang activity, graffiti, and vandalism. Use the process.
Ask for permission to invite a law enforcement
officer to your school to conduct a safety audit and share safety tips, such as traveling
in groups and avoiding areas known to be unsafe. Share your ideas with the officer.
Help to develop and participate in activities that
promote student understanding of differences and that respect the rights of all.
Volunteer to be a mentor for younger students
and/or provide tutoring to your peers.
Know your school's code of conduct and model
responsible behavior. Avoid being part of a crowd when fights break out. Refrain from
teasing, bullying, and intimidating peers.
Be a role model--take personal responsibility by
reacting to anger without physically or verbally harming others.
Seek help from your parents or a trusted adult-such
as a school psychologist, social worker, counselor, teacher-if you are experiencing
intense feelings of anger, fear, anxiety, or depression.