YouthMAX Curriculum Lesson I
STAND UP AND BE COUNTED
Our job as adults is to encourage our kids – all kids – to take responsibility and not accept the role of the victim that is being imposed on them.
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to discuss the concept of bullying and recognize that this interaction happens everywhere, not just in youth but in adulthood as well.
However, the effects are most severe with youth because of the long-term implications. They are just forming ideas about who they are. Along with maturing comes all of the insecurities and self-consciousness that give the bully power over the individual and open the door to lifelong problems of low self-esteem, depression, poor school performance and the many other negatives that result. So, how do we begin to diminish the power of the bully?
Learn positive attitudes and actions that will help stop bullying and lift others up.
Nearly everyone has been bullied or knows someone they care about who has. Bullying doesn’t benefit anyone – not even the bully. It lowers and demeans the bully – who is strong enough to be a force for good – and it harms the target who feels powerless and ashamed.
Stand Up and Be Counted teaches three ways to deal with bullying in a positive, affirming way.
Stand Up – Be confident in your own value.
Lift Up – Use your influence to help others.
Pick Up – Help others who are being bullied by picking them up.