Sport in Society (SIS) and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) have invited schools to apply for participation in an innovative Bullying Prevention Institute. Through this program, key stakeholders, including student athletes, adult advocates, parents and other community members will be trained to create a bully-free culture in their schools and communities by inspiring and empowering young people to work for change. Student athletes and an adult coordinator from each selected school will participate in a 2-day training where participants will develop competencies to promote respect in their schools and communities. Seminars will also be held for school administrators, athletic directors, coaches and teachers, who would like to become certified facilitators of the Project Teamwork Curriculum while serving as advisors to their student athletes.
Upon completion of the training, student athletes will apply their learned skills through community service activities with middle school students who look up to the student-athletes as role models. Recognizing the pivotal role that parents and other concerned adults play in reinforcing these messages and efforts, SIS and MIAA will provide an educational awareness component for parents and community members. These sessions will be designed to inform parents and community members about the program their student athletes will complete, and also provide them with the skills to support these young people as leaders in the community.