Youth ART Project – Bullying Prevention in Schools

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About the ART Project

In spring of 2015, Safe and Caring was awarded a grant from the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) titled Aboriginal Youth ART Project—Bullying Prevention in Schools. The project is for approximately 4.5 years, from June 2015 through August 2020). Funds are to implement the ART® program in two First Nation school communities in Alberta—Mistassiniy School in Bigstone Cree First Nation, and a second site to be determined—to address bullying and aggression for youth.

ART involves teaching alternate strategies to prevent aggressive and bullying behaviour. Through a 10 week strategic building block series of classroom training (30 hours), youth participants will develop:

  • Social Skills Training: youth learn pro–social behaviours based on teaching, reinforcement, and role playing
  • Anger Control Training: youth learn strategies to recognize and control their anger
  • Moral Reasoning Training: youth increase their level of understanding of fairness, justice, and concern for the needs and rights of others

Following the 10 week group sessions, one–on–one sessions and small group mentorship will continue with participating youth in the community.

To support this work, the ART project has a Community Steering Committee comprised of Elders, local law enforcement, school administration, local probation offices, and other community stakeholders.

Interested in learning more? Check out our info sheet and weekly classroom session overview:

 

 

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