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Book a Be the Change bullying prevention workshops

Tuesday, January 20, 2015   Posted in: Training By: Be The Change NZ With tags: mental health, youth, workshop, bullying, depression

Be the Change NZ.Be the Change NZ runs half-day workshops to help prevent bullying and make a positive change in a school.

The bully prevention programme has gone from strength to strength since Be the Change NZ started developing Canterbury youth in 2013. The not-for-profit organisation have directly reached over 400 intermediate and high school aged young people plus 100 adults - and they can now offer your school or group their MOST first-rate, life-changing workshop.

The workshop is full of life-changing, evidence based experiential activities, games, prizes and videos. The aim is to empower students to create a pro-social culture as a positive alternative to negative issues such as bullying and depression.

The cost is $10 per person for between 60 and 100 students and adults (teachers, youth workers and whanau) at a 1:7 ratio.

Visit the Be the Change NZ website for more information or contact Vicki Edwards-Brown on 027 292 5333.

Be The Change NZ empowers young people to "be the change they want to see in their world" and inspires them to do this by incorporating the "5 Ways to Wellbeing" into their daily lives.

This theme runs through a number of team building exercises before asking them to open up with each other; sharing stories from their own lives to lay the foundations for the main exercise. This main exercise allows the young people to identify others that have similar experiences and make connections. As the morning progresses participants are asked to identify the changes they want to make in themselves and their school/community environment and together come up with solutions and action them in a planned school-wide, pro-social event.

More about Be the Change NZ and their workshops

Be the Change NZ is a non-profit organisation whose bullying prevention programme emulates evidenced-based "Social and Emotional Learning" (SEL) programming which has been proven to be an effective way to reduce the likelihood of bullying because it promotes skills, behaviours, attitudes, and environmental factors that are incompatible with bullying.

Through research we know that some of the major causes of disengagement and its resulting destructive behaviours are not academic but rather social issues. The biggest problems facing our young people today are not if they know their ABCs, but if they feel included and part of something worthwhile.

Be The Change NZ breaks down social and personal barriers and helps prevent bullying and subsequent issues such as depression and self-harm, allowing better engagement in learning.

The skills young people gain by being part of the Be The Change programme are:

  • leadership,
  • decision-making,
  • compassion,
  • empowerment,
  • confidence,
  • commitment,
  • participation,
  • connectivity,
  • creativity,
  • self-worth and value.

Be the Change NZ is proudly supported by: Aviva Families, YouthLine, Canterbury Youth Workers Collective, Attitude Programme for Schools and the CDHB School Based Mental Health Team.

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  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch