“For years, schools have been reporting on the breakthrough that SSA achieves in stopping bullying and improving school climate. And now we have the scientific results to back up the positive impact."
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Sebastopol, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2013
Community Matters, the nation’s foremost bullying bystander education organization, today announces that it has been published in the prestigious SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) for its Safe School Ambassadors® program.
Only a select handful of bullying prevention programs are listed on the SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidenced-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) website.
The independent research leading to the NREPP listing found:
- Schools that implemented the SSA program had suspension rates drop by 33% while,
- Schools (demographically paired) without the SSA program saw suspension rates increase 10% during the same years.
To review the NREPP Intervention Summary click here.
“We are thrilled by the results of this review,” says Rick Phillips, Founder and Executive Director of Community Matters. “For years, schools have been reporting on the breakthrough that SSA achieves in stopping bullying and improving school climate. And now we have the scientific results to back up the positive impact. It’s great news.”
“It has been our mission for over 17 years to stop bullying, to create ‘upstanders’ from bystanders. We have learned that waking up the courage of student leaders and equipping them with skills to intervene in incidents of bullying is the most effective way to reduce suspensions and improve school climate and academic achievement.”
About Community Matters - Community Matters is one of the nation’s leading school climate consultant organizations and the creator of Safe School Ambassadors (SSA), the most effective anti-bullying bystander education program in the U.S.
To date, the SSA program has been implemented in over 1,200 schools in 32 states to nearly 60,000 students. Community Matters’ mission is "to collaborate with schools and communities in creating safe and inclusive environments where all youth and adults thrive."
VIDEO: To view a short video about the Safe School Ambassadors Program, click here.