The Respect Program’s mission is to build resiliency and social skills in children through literature and art to stop bullying. The program also encourages a love of reading in children for future academic and professional success.
The Respect Program uses age-appropriate stories and poetry in lessons with children ages 3 – 14. There are seven lesson themes related to self-care, anti-bullying strategies, and respect for others.
- Reach For Your Dreams
- Express and Regulate Emotions
- Speak, Write, and Draw With Your Voice
- Expand Social Skills
- Cultivate Diversity
- Treat Others With Respect
In addition, The Respect Program provides anti-bullying workshops for teachers, parents, and non-profit staff on ways to use literature, creative writing, and art projects to support social emotional growth, healthy social skills, and a love of reading.
The Respect Program also works with nonprofits and schools to assess the social climate and to measure changes in bullying and self-care behaviors over time. The program comes with a program evaluation framework so you can receive qualitative and qualitative feedback from participants.
Here are some of children’s comments about what they learned in The Respect Program:
- “I learned how to control my anger and how to stop bullying”
- “To stand up to a bully. Tell a teacher when someone is being bullied”
- “I learned that bullying is wrong and I can help stop it.”
- “I learned that everyone needs to respect and care for each other.”
- “How not to be a bully and how to be a good bystander”