San Francisco, Calif. A report released this week shows that San Francisco Bay Area schools that partnered with San Francisco-based non-profit No Bully were able to stop or significantly improve 100% of bullying incidents in the 2013-2014 school year.
The California County Superintendents Education Services Authority (CCSESA) invited No Bully to partner with regional county lead, the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE), in 23 schools across the seven counties of the San Francisco Bay Area to train them how to implement the No Bully System®. The partnerships were made available by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) with funding from the voter approved Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63).
In 100% of cases the target of bullying experienced an improvement in either the frequency or the intensity of bullying by the 3-month follow-up. In over 96% of cases the target experienced a decrease in both frequency and intensity.
Significant improvement was also seen in students’ personal safety ratings. Students were asked to rate using a scale of 1 through 5, 5 indicating feeling ‘very safe.’ The average safety rating when the bullying first came to the attention of staff was 2.71 and rose to 3.96 after the No Bully System® was facilitated. At the three-month follow-up the average reached 4.16.
Numbers aside, these results stand for much more. Bullying is one of the biggest social problems facing youth today. This initiative demonstrates that every school can with expert training bring incidents of bullying rapidly and effectively to an end.
No Bully is a San Francisco based non-profit organization that partners with schools nationwide to implement a non-punitive and highly effective solution to end bullying and harassment. No Bully is helping schools transform into learning communities that are truly inclusive. www.nobully.org
Contact: Nicholas Carlisle