Throughout the year, StopBullying.gov featured a series of blog posts co-authored by bullying prevention subject matter experts at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and other key partner organizations. The series, called “Take Action Today” shared compelling and personal stories of teachers, school nurses, law enforcement officials, and others who work every day to prevent bullying in their schools and communities. The collective efforts of these groups, such as the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY), Sesame Workshop and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) are helping to create safer social climates for children and youth across the country.
Many people want to help address bullying, but don’t know how. The “Take Action Today” booklet - PDF provides community leaders with real, tangible examples of how individuals, organizations and entire communities are preventing bullying. We hope that these examples will inspire others to make the prevention of bullying a top priority over the long-term. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions to stopping bullying, but the efforts highlighted in the “Take Action Today" booklet offer a snapshot of strong initiatives being led each and every day by a variety of community stakeholders.
Key elements of these blogs were not just the stories shared, but the resources leveraged to ensure students had safe and supportive learning environments. Each blog is paired with one of 11 User Guides which address the unique challenges that various community leaders face, and recommends some specific next steps for action. As an important part of their prevention efforts, many of the organizations featured in the booklet also conducted bullying prevention trainings with their members using StopBullying.gov’s Training Center Resources.
The complete list of featured blogs include in the "Take Action Today" Booklet - PDF includes:
- How Mental Health Professionals Can Prevent Bullying
- Business Leaders and Bullying Prevention
- Youth Professionals and Mentors in Bullying Prevention
- Local Parks and Recreation Office Works to Prevent Bullying in Their DC Community
- How Families and Students Can Take the Lead in Creating Safer School Environments
- Mayors Bringing the Community Together to Stop Bullying
- School Nurses Strive to Build Positive School Climates
- How Faith Leaders Can Support Bullying Prevention Efforts in the Community
- Creating Safe School Environments and Building Bridges
- Preventing Bullying from the Very Beginning
- Where Policy Meets Practice in Making Schools Safer
All 11 User Guides can be found on the Bullying Prevention Training Center, along with our Training Module and Community Action Toolkit. Be sure to stay connected with StopBullying.gov on Facebook and Twitter to share your stories of taking action in bullying prevention.