Founded in 2001, this program awards Sonoma County public schools with funding to purchase anti-bullying and anti-violence student education, materials and training curricula.
Bullying at school affects at least 1 in 7 children in our public schools. The long-term effects on bullied children have been well-documented and can be devastating, including diminished self-esteem, depression, even suicide. However, bullying and school violence have been determined to decrease with education and student/teacher awareness.
Each year, mini-grants are awarded to schools who are selected in collaboration with our Safe Schools contact at the Sonoma County Office of Education, an expert in the field of violence prevention. Each school chooses to implement the anti-bullying program that best fits their needs and must be a state-approved, evidence-based program in order to be funded by our mini-grant.
For information, contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Funds awarded to elementary, middle and high schools throughout Sonoma County have helped teachers purchase needed anti-bullying curriculum. Grant funds have been used to buy materials, provide training to staff, counselors and students in order to implement and maintain programs that address bullying at school. Examples of programs and curricula which have been purchased include:
This year's applications are being processed. Print out a Mini-grant Application. Applications must be received by Friday, October 28, 2016. Thank you for your interest in the Safe Schools program grant.
If you have further questions about the grant program, please contact our Safe Schools Program Chair at email@example.com .
Funding for this program is received from the SCMAAF annual Garden Tour as well as private donations directed to this cause. In cooperation with the Sonoma County Office of Education, we have been able to positively affect thousands of school-aged children throughout the county for more than 10 years.
For basic information on what constitutes bullying, please read this article by the American Academy of Pediatrics - Bullying: It's Not OK
If you are interested in becoming involved with this worthwhile program of the Alliance or would like more information, please contact Safe Schools Program Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org