Project Friendship is a research and evidence-based anti-bullying program which focuses on the bystander, or the students who observe bullying behavior. By empowering the bystander, research indicates bullying behavior will decrease. Project Friendship is a comprehensive program directed at students, school staff and parents and focuses on five fundamental objectives:
- Decrease bullying and negative social behavior
- Increase pro-social skills
- Foster community awareness
- Increase conflict resolution skills
- Encourage respectful friendships
Project Friendship is a modular program that can fit the needs of a single school or an entire district. The menu of services ranges from interactions with students through interactive assemblies to indirect consultation with staff and parents to support students in the classroom and at home. Program features include:
- Grade-level and/or in-class assemblies which teach pro-social behavior, empowering each student to be a bully-busting bystander!
- Monthly teacher led lessons which focus on pro-social behavior, emotional regulation, conflict resolution, and character.
- Staff Trainings
- Parent Workshops
- Peer-Led Mediation Programs
- Group and Individual Counseling
- Positive Behavior Support Plans
- Consultation with the DI Team to facilitate integration at each school site.
Grade Level Assemblies
Project Friendship offers a range of options for delivering the concepts and strategies to your students. Depending on the needs of your school, Dynamic Interventions can provide school-wide or grade level assemblies. These sessions offer interactive activities to present, role-play, discuss and reinforce the concepts to promote a school-wide learning environment that resists bullying and empowers bystanders. Specific, easy-to-remember Bystander Rules provide practical strategies for students to use in a wide variety of situations. Assemblies can be reinforced through smaller group presentations in an in-class meeting format.
In Class Assemblies
In-Class Assemblies provide a more personalized way to provide and/or reinforce the concepts of Project Friendship. These meetings can be used to deliver the same concepts as the grade-level or school-wide assemblies, to reinforce the concepts with a particular classroom or student population, or to address specific classroom friendship challenges. In-Class Assemblies can also be modified to address specific pro-social skills in alternative or special education learning environments. Sessions are designed around your specific needs.
Staff trainings are an important part of Project Friendship. Dynamic Interventions offers trainings that are individually designed to address the needs of your school community. Sessions are offered in small or large group settings, and provide supplemental support to teachers and other staff to reinforce the concepts of Project Friendship in the classroom, on the playground, in the cafeteria, etc. Staff trainings bring your learning community together in a school-wide investment of your anti-bullying environment.
Parent Workshops provide a means to bring parents into your learning community as active participants. Within this setting, parents learn the concepts being taught in Project Friendship. Parents also learn strategies to help their children resist bullying and become empowered bystanders at home. These sessions provide a venue for parents to bring concerns to the table and brainstorm solutions so they can provide positive support to your school-wide objectives as an anti-bullying environment.
Peer Mediation offers your school the opportunity to have students work together to reduce bullying behavior on campus. This unique program includes training to staff and students, along with year-long supervision to ensure the program is sustainable for years to come! Research shows that the most effective way to reduce bullying behavior is to empower the bystander. By implementing a peer mediation program, the Dynamic Interventions staff can teach students how to effectively work with each other to manage conflict and increase pro-social skills.
Group and Individual Counseling
Group and Individual Counseling provides more intensive services to support specific students who are significantly impacted by bullying behavior. The concepts of Project Friendship can be reinforced with unique needs in mind, addressing groups or individuals who display targeted bullying behavior, are bystanders or targets.
Positive Behavior Support
Dynamic Interventions provides Positive Behavior Support planning for school-wide, classroom, or individual student needs, as a way to reinforce the pro-social skills and easy-to-remember Bystander Rules of Project Friendship. This planning can incorporate behavior systems or plans already in effect, or can be originally crafted to meet your specific needs.
Consultation with the DI Team
As part of Project Friendship, school staff and parents have access to the DI Team to answer questions about how the program is implemented, the philosophy behind the program components, or if they have a specific situation that needs extra attention. We believe that fostering a positive relationship with school and community is the best way to ensure Project Friendship is a success!
Project Friendship offers a broad menu of services when implementing an effective program. Consultation with a DI Team member will help you define your specific needs – whether for one site or a whole district – and create the optimal anti-bullying program for your unique population. Call Dynamic Interventions today at 661-257-1254 to see how Project Friendship can be included in your school district. We look forward to hearing from you!