One of the best practices in bullying prevention is to make sure any program, initiative, campaign or movement is not a short-lived effort because:
In order to realize higher rates of success, programs must be implemented and sustained over time.
Students will not invest meaningful time or effort in a movement that does not have longevity or a positive impact in their lives.
Below are some quick recommendations for keeping sustainability in mind.
- Is there administrative and staff support for student-led initiatives?
- Have you identified adults in your building who will assist you?
- Who will take over if you are unable to support the students?
- What is the process for official approval of a new initiative in your school?
- Have you identified community support for additional resources? E.g., parent group, local businesses, local and state government.
- What role will your students play in institutionalizing and elevating this movement?
- What are key components of a successful student-led initiative in your school?
- Could this initiative be linked or integrated with any other existing initiatives? E.g., school climate, character education, SEL or other bullying prevention efforts.
- Have you identified future opportunities for students to be engaged in bullying prevention as they move on to high school?
- Do you have team building activities that would bring cohesion to the group as new members are added?