Shred Hate Champions Program
The Champions Program is an adult-facilitated, youth leadership program that supports the No Bully program implemented in Shred Hate schools. Led by Athletic Directors and/or Coaches, the program guides a team of selected student athletes through the process of becoming ‘Upstanders’ in their school community, students who will take an active role in creating a bully-free culture. Throughout the year, Champions will learn skills for interrupting pre-bullying and bullying behaviors in safe and appropriate ways, supporting targets and potential targets by creating a culture of acceptance, and planning and leading school-wide and/ or community-wide events to end bullying in their school.
Although the scope may seem large, this curriculum guide offers step-by-step planning tools and scripted 45-minute sessions to move the students quickly into action. Designated No Bully trainers and the No Bully Leadership Team at each school are additional resources for the program. These students will be joining youth athletes across the country who also want to make a difference in their schools.
Why did ESPN, X Games and MLB take on Bullying?
Shred Hate is a bullying prevention program created by ESPN and the X Games, supported by Major League Baseball, that seeks to eliminate bullying by encouraging kids to choose kindness. As part of the program, No Bully, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that trains and gives schools the tools to activate student compassion as a method for eradicating bullying and cyberbullying, provides innovative, anti-bullying curriculum, and works directly with local school districts and cooperating schools. The ultimate goal of Shred Hate is to cause a tangible reduction of bullying incidents in schools by igniting the compassion of youth. With 10 million students bullied each year in the U.S., the need and timing for such a program is critical.
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