H.E.A.R. partnerships promote Guard training, bullying prevention

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Staff from UNL’s Empowerment Initiative, in collaboration with Career Training Concepts and the Making Caring Common (MCC) project, will conduct in a June 2-3 “train the trainers” bullying workshop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Workshop participants include 44 National Guard members, representing 12 states, who will learn about bullying research and how “Helping Everyone Achieve Respect (H.E.A.R.)” can stop bullying behaviors.

Many states have already sent National Guard leaders for the “train the trainers” workshop, and H.E.A.R. will have trained more than 200 leaders from 35 states after the June workshop. The goal of H.E.A.R. is to empower National Guard recruiters to teach an anti-bullying presentation that reinforces and extends the Guard values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

H.E.A.R. is the first anti-bullying presentation geared toward high school students that can be delivered by National Guard representatives in schools across the United States. It was developed in collaboration with Career Training Concepts by Susan Swearer, founder of the Empowerment Initiative, and Rick Weissbourd and Stephanie Jones, founders of the MCC project from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Since 2013, the H.E.A.R. presentation has been given in 42 states, and survey data has been collected from more than 12,678 students. The results reflect the impact of the H.E.A.R. message. Based on data from 7,807 students in grades 10-12 (46% female; 49% male; 61% Caucasian; 10% African-American; 13% Hispanic; 3% Asian-American; 2% Biracial), students reported:

  • 61% indicate bullying is a problem in their school.
  • 69% have witnessed bullying in past school year.
  • 84% were motivated by the H.E.A.R. presentation to try to prevent bullying.
  • 87% said the H.E.A.R. presentation helped them understand what bullying is and why people bully.
  • 84% said the H.E.A.R. presentation gave them useful strategies to try to prevent bullying.
  • 86% said the H.E.A.R. presentation gave them useful ideas for what to do if they are bullied.
  • 87% said the H.E.A.R. presentation gave them useful ideas for what to do if they witness bullying.
  • 92% said the H.E.A.R. presenter communicated effectively.
  • 92% said the H.E.A.R. presenter was knowledgeable about the topic.
  • 92% said the H.E.A.R. presenter treated them with respect.

After new questions were added to the H.E.A.R. survey, approximately 4,195 students filled out the revised survey. They reported:

  • 85% said they felt safe at their schools
  • 60% said students at their school reach out to help each other
  • 80% said their school faculty and staff actively work to create a positive, caring environment
  • 76% said appreciating diversity is an important part of their school’s culture
  • 89% said the H.E.A.R. presentation influenced their commitment to respecting and including others
  • 91% said the character values discussed in H.E.A.R. are important to them

At the Empowerment Initiative, we focus on translational research in order to foster positive, accepting schools and communities free from bullying and other negative behaviors. One of our goals is to scale-up bullying prevention and intervention efforts. By partnering with the National Guard, we are excited to create a national force of bullying prevention personnel who can influence positive growth in their homes, schools, and communities. Putting the Guard values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage into practice advances our ultimate goal to help everyone achieve respect and end bullying once and for all.

 

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