Safe School Ambassadors is an essential guide for school administrators, counselors, teachers, parents, and youth organization leaders. It challenges the current "outside-in" thinking that keeping schools safe is accomplished primarily by adults through heightened security and stricter policies. It makes the case for a complementary inside-out approach that taps the power of students to change the social norms of a school culture in order to stop bullying and violence.
Rick Phillips, M.Ed., a former teacher and principal, is the executive director of Community Matters, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young people to be agents of positive social change. John Linney, M.A., has twenty years of youth development experience and is the executive director of Impact Coaching and Speaking, specializing in organizational climate issues. Chris Pack, BSE, program director of Community Matters, co-developed the Safe School Ambassadors program and has developed and delivered many training seminars on youth development.
Acknowledgments. Introduction. Part I: The Extent and Costs of Mistreatment and the Outside-In Response. Chapter 1: A Day in the Life. Chapter 2: The High Cost of Mistreatment. Chapter 3: The Outside-In Approach. Part II Building Safer Schools from the Inside Out. Chapter 4: The Inside-Out Approach. Chapter 5: Building a Safe School Climate. Part III: Youth as Social Change Agents. Chapter 6: Empowering Youth. Chapter 7: Understanding and Mobilizing Bystanders. Chapter 8: From Bystanders to Peacemakers. Chapter 9: Results and Stories of Ambassadors in Action. Part IV: A Call to Action. Chapter 10: A Road Map for the Future. Appendix A: Presentation Tips. Appendix B: Responding to Questions and Concerns. Appendix C: Ambassador Survey. Appendix D: Recruiting Allies and Partners. Appendix E : Needs Assessment. Notes. Resources. Index.