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Afterschool: No Bullying Allowed

Deadline: Friday, July 13, 2012

Afterschool: No Bullying Allowed
is a statewide afterschool project aimed at empowering youth to prevent bullying and promote mutual respect in their social environments.


Goals for the Project:

·         Youth will reflect on the concept of bullying, learn to recognize bullying, and gain awareness about the impact of bullying

·         Youth will work together to develop strategies to promote a positive and safe community

·         Youth engage in a creative project to express their bullying-prevention strategies

·         Increase the visibility of afterschool programs in the statewide community

The Facts:

  • 70% of middle and high school students have experienced bullying at some point
  • Only 20-40% of bullying victims actually report being bullied
  • 8-15 year olds rank bullying as more of a problem in their lives than violence 
  • 5-15% of students are constantly bullied
  • 25% of students encourage bullying if not given proper education and support in anti-bullying techniques
Source: American Psychological Association



1.       Program staff should engage youth in a conversation about ‘bullying’.  Refer to the Resource List for discussion topics and ways to get kids thinking about bullying.

2.       Youth work together to come up with strategies to eliminate bullying and promote a positive and safe environment in their afterschool program.

3.       These ideas and strategies will then be used to create a project that may be submitted for inclusion in the Afterschool: No Bullying Allowed Handbook in one or more of the following formats (can be submitted as a group project or individual project):

·         Anti-Bullying Handbook:
Create a top 10 list to promote respect and/or prevent bullying in your program.  Generate a list of tips and techniques to combat bullying.

·         Illustrate a Slogan:
Brainstorm several slogans (e.g.  “proud to be me!”, “our afterschool is a no-bully zone!”) Then group votes on top choice and everyone illustrates what that slogan means to them. Product could be posters, anti-bullying badges, videos, bookmarks, paintings, drawings, etc.

·         Anti-bullying Postcards:
One side can be drawings, images, magazine cutouts, slogans, etc. On the other side, youth will write a letter.

o   Letter idea #1: Dear Bully (could be to a real bully or a hypothetical bully).  Should be a positive message but can explain how their actions hurt them or other people

o   Letter idea #2: Dear Teacher, Principal, Legislature etc. “Here are my ideas on how we can stop bullying…”



Youth ages 5-17 participating in afterschool and summer programs in Arizona are eligible to participate.



Register for free to participate by filling out the form at the top right of this page.  

Mail, e-mail or drop off completed Afterschool: No Bullying Allowed projects to:


Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence

112 North Central Avenue, Suite 700

Phoenix, AZ 85004  


Please include the following information with your project(s):

  • Name (First name & Last initial of youth who created the project)
  • Program and/or School Name
  • Age
  • Grade
  • City
  • Program Contact Person Name
  • Program Contact Person Email Address & Phone Number


Submit projects by Friday, July 13th for a chance to have your program’s work displayed in a Lights on Afterschool exhibit and in a printed publication:  Afterschool: No Bullying Allowed.  Projects will not be returned.

Afterschool Staff Trainings:

In preparation for participating in this project, afterschool & youth development program staff are invited to attend a 3-hour training on bullying and bullying prevention.  This training will focus on how to have conversations with youth about bullying and empowering youth to stand up and speak out when they see bullying occur.
More information and registration for Afterschool Bullying Prevention 101>>



Starting a Conversation about Bullying:

This project is an opportunity to start the conversation about bullying in your afterschool program. We encourage you to initiate discussions with youth about what bullying is and what to do about it when it happens.

·         Explain to children what bullying is (See Resources for links to great definitions)

·         Have youth share their ideas about bullying—Have you ever been bullied?  How did it feel?  Why do people bully others?  What does it look like?  Why is bullying hurtful? 

(Make sure you do not let the conversation address specific youth who might be bullying others within your program.  Keep specific names out of the conversation.)

·         Talk about what youth do when they see someone being bullied and what they should do.

·         Talk about the impact of bullying & cyber-bullying.

·         Encourage youth to reach out to others who are being bullied.

·         Set up a procedure so that youth who are being bullied know how to contact adults in authority and what to tell them. This system should provide maximum confidentiality, because youth may be reluctant to talk otherwise.

·         Have youth work together to brainstorm strategies to prevent bullying.



Ashoka Changemakers – Teaching Empathy>>
Bully Games:  8 Strategies to BULLYPROOF Your Kid
by Dr. Dana Sherman
A short handbook for parents and educators to that provides 8 strategies prevent kids from becoming bullying targets.  More information>>
Resources for youth that are suffering from bullying incidents:




Children’s Books About Bullying:


·         The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others by Bob Sornson & Maria Dismondy

·         Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

·         The Hundred Dresses by E. Estes

·         Nobody Knew What to Do: A Story about Bullying by Becky Ray McCain

·         Cockroach Cooties by Laurence Yep

·         Pinky and Rex and the Bully by James Howe

·         Talking About Bullying by Jillian Powell


·         Bullies Are a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain

·         Mean, Mean Maureen Green by Judy Cox

·         Blubber by Judy Blume

·         The Misfits by James Howe

·         The Revealers by Doug Wilhelm

·         Freak by Marcella Pixley

·         The Guardian by Joyce Sweeney



·         Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia

·         Don't Call Me Ishmael by Michael Gerard Bauer

·         Dough Boy by Peter Marino

·         I Wrote on All Four Walls: Teens Speak Out on Violence Edited by Fran Fearnley

·         This Is What I Did by Ann Dee Ellis

·         Buddha Boy by Kathe Koja

·         Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope by Olivia Gardner




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