Power Up encourages the 85 percent of the population who are bystanders to bullying (rather than targets or bullies) to recognize the strength in those numbers and use it to intervene when they see something wrong. An all-girl program, Power Up is focused on preventing the unique verbal and relational bullying prevalent among girls.
The stereotypical vision of bullying is the kind of physical bullying more common among boys. Far more common among both boys and girls is verbal bullying, name-calling and other forms of verbal harassment. Most people and programs virtually ignore relational bullying, the systematic diminishment of a child’s sense of self-worth through exclusion, shunning and gossip. Relational bullying is all too common among girls of all ages, but girls can be taught to prevent it and to intervene when they see any bullying happen in their schools.
Submitted by Michele P., counselor at LW St. John Middle School in Parachute, Colo.
“We had a student named Andria who was on the wrong path, constantly getting in trouble and making poor decisions. She was given the option of either suspension from school or attendance in the Power Up Bully Prevention program being presented by Girl Scouts of Colorado. Andria chose to attend the Power Up program. Andria actively participated throughout the program. Since the program, Andria has been awarded -Most Improved Student,- an honor bestowed upon one student per year by the entire school staff. Andria has turned her life around and is no longer getting in trouble. Her grades have improved dramatically and she has become a positive and active student in her school.”
In evaluations of 6-12th grade participants in the Power Up program…