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The School Non-Violence Initiative is proud to bring together diverse groups of organizations and trained professionals to offer safety and violence prevention educational training programs in local schools. It is our goal to reach as many students as possible with best practices to ensure safety and end youth violence. Our programs include digital security, social media, cell phone etiquette, violence prevention, and personal safety. Our mission is to teach students, parents, educators, and the community how to deal with emerging safety issues.

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All students have the right to learn in a safe school environment. The good news is that violence within schools can be prevented! To prevent school violence, it requires an assessment of the risk factors that can signal the potential for violent behavior. Research shows that prevention efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and even students can reduce violence and improve the school environment. This program meets students, parents, educators, and the community where they are with easy-to-follow videos and educational seminars that promote school and community safety.


High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears. Elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what is being done at their school. Let their questions be your guide as to how much information to provide and use their questions as teachable moments to educate.


Classmates in the Library

In 2019, CDC’s nationwide Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) was administered to high school students across the United States. According to YRBS results from

13, 677 students about 1 in 5 high school students reported being bullied on school property in the last year. More than 8% of high school students had been in a physical fight on school property one or more times during the 12 months before the survey and 7% of high school students had been threatened or injured with a weapon (for example, a gun, knife, or club) on school property one or more times during the 12 months before the survey. In high school, almost 9% of high school students had not gone to school at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey because they felt they would be unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.

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