Let's put an end to bullying. YWCA has formed national partnerships and to address bullying, cyberbullying and cybersecurity.
Ending CyberBullying with the Department of Homeland Security
More than half of 14-24 year olds say they have experienced digital abuse. To raise awareness of cybersecurity, cyberbullying and online safety issues nationwide, the YWCA USA has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect.™ campaign.
The YWCA USA and YWCA of the National Capital Area will kick off the partnership this October, during National Cyber Security Awareness Month, with an event at the William E. Doar, Jr. Public Charter School for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. At this event, representatives from the YWCA and DHS will reach out to approximately 100 elementary school students, their teachers and parents to share the importance of online safety. Learn more
YWCAs with Anti-Bullying Programs
On a local level, YWCAs in the following communities offer anti-bullying programs. Please contact them directly for more information.
YWCA Aurora: A new pilot project was launched in 2013 to bring conflict resolution and bullying prevention workshops to Aurora-area classrooms. Using the renowned Second Step and Steps to Respect classroom-based programs, elementary school students are taught the fundamentals of social-emotional learning. Every workshop and activity helps students understand the importance of empathy and respect as well as to recognize and refuse bullying in their communities.
YWCA Sauk Valley: In-school anti-bullying programs in Lee and Whiteside counties make schools safer by teaching children to recognize, refuse and report bullying behavior. YWCA Sauk Valley uses a whole-school approach to train staff and parents to better assist students, which helps to create a school environment that is safe, caring and respectful.
YWCA Quincy: A Girl Like Me is a pilot project for fourth-grade girls established in partnership with the local YMCA that helps to promote self-esteem and prevent relational aggression (bullying). In addition to anti-bullying programming, the girls participate in community service.
YWCA Northeast Indiana: Digital Boundaries, and interactive program in Fort Wayne, teaches students and parents how to use technology safely, and how to recognize and address bullying in the forms of cyberbullying, sexting, and texting. The program is designed to teach preventative strategies as well as open up dialogue on the issues of bullying and the advancement of technology.
YWCA Evansville: The Live Y’ers mentoring program for at-risk girls in grades 3-12 addresses bullying.
YWCA Wausau: The “Bullying is NEVER Cool” programs is a school-based program that helps students in third and fifth grade understand the effects of bullying and how they can stop its spread in their schools. The program addresses physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual bullying and harassment.