New York, NY (PRWEB) November 12, 2012
October was Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and communities online and off are working to become safer and more inclusive. At The Boys’ Club of New York (BCNY), the Mental Health Department is engaging members in a Steps to Respect anti-bully initiative the week beginning November 26. Our full-time Social Workers are leading bullying-awareness and character education activities, and teaching respect and responsibility.
The week will include a wide range of activities that will resonate with boys of different ages. BCNY’s youngest members, the Explores, ages 6 – 9, will learn about bullying through puppets and role playing. The social workers will also work on friendship skills with the younger boys, helping them identify characteristics of a friend, so that they might be and choose good friends. The Junior members, ages 10 – 13, will explore what it means to stereotype and label without really knowing a person, and will practice standing up to bullies through guided role play. Senior members, ages 14 – 20, will focus on the danger of making assumptions and reflect on when assumptions have been made about them, and will work collaboratively to develop and anti-slur policy for their departments.
In addition to this programming, all members will participate in an anti-bullying t-shirt contest, create anti-bullying art for the three clubhouses, including murals and origami, and write essays, poems, and stories about creating a bully-free world.
Steps to Respect is part of BCNY’s renewed focus on Character Development & Life Skills and Mental & Physical Health. Communication, listening, decision-making, and leadership skills, as well as overall wellness, are entrenched in these programs. At BCNY, members practice these life-long skills at the Clubhouses and are encouraged to bring them home to their families and communities. Steps to Respect teaches tolerance, kindness, and other qualities we hope our boys’ both demonstrate and impart.
About The Boys’ Club of New York
The Boys’ Club of New York is committed to nurturing, mentoring and guiding boys and young men to prepare them to reach their fullest potential. Throughout its 136-year history of youth development, The Boys’ Club of New York has combined a single-minded focus on boys and young men with a unique, multi-disciplinary approach that prepares them for a fulfilling and meaningful adulthood. The Boys’ Club of New York accomplishes this through an approach that includes music and arts programs, social and recreational activities, academic support and athletics.
By introducing boys to new ideas, expanding their interests, developing their hobbies, providing a safe and nurturing environment and offering ongoing counseling and mentorship, the Boys’ Club of New York helps shape boys and young men into the best men they can be.
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For further information, please call Helen Frank, Communications Manager, 347-505-5416 or helen(dot)frank(at)bcny(dot)org