Students at Templeton Secondary got a crash course from the Red Cross in violence and abuse prevention through their program Beyond the Hurt. The program has been running since 1984. Throughout that time, the program has promoted healthy relationships and safe environments for children and youth in Canada.
Kirsty Babcock, a Youth and Family Worker with the Templeton Community Schools Team says the program works in partnership with schools, organizations and communities to deliver education around preventing bullying, promoting healthy youth relationships, preventing violence against children and youth and implementing violence prevention.
Babcock says Templeton students learned how to plan and prepare a Beyond the Hurt Workshop. The process forced them to work as a team and to be familiar with topics such as healthy relationships as well as explaining the role of power in creating and preventing bullying and harassment.
Students also learned about the four types of bullying (physical, social/emotional, cyber and verbal).
Following the training sessions, the Templeton students presented at Grade 8 classes nearly every day as well as to Grade 6/7 classes at Hastings, AR Lord and Franklin Elementary schools.
"These students take their role very seriously and obviously see the need for a program like this," says Babcock. "I would say that more than one student has been bullied in the past and sees this as an opportunity to help others."
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