Youth and Volunteers Participate in Anti-Bullying Events
For the Community Action Project, the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas (MHA) hosted two volunteer Anti-Bullying workshops during the National Anti-Bullying Month in October, 2012. Over 50 volunteers from the community and MHA programs filled approximately 250 bags for youth with anti-bullying resource information, bookmarks and trinkets for local distribution within the community. Children and teen volunteers made “puzzle piece” posters and participated in educational and interactive activities with 2 guest speakers from our MHA Counseling Center. They broke the youth into ages 12 and under; 13 and older and geared their presentations age appropriately.Each youth attendee received a “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully” dog-tag necklace and were served pizza and cookies.
At the senior’s event, a retired detective talked about senior abuse and bullying, offering many resources and tips for safety and reporting. Senior volunteers also stuffed anti-bullying bags for youth for local distribution. Seniors and MHA staff even handed some out for Halloween, in addition to their own candy, in various neighborhoods.
The anti-bullying youth bags and materials were also distributed to:
- All youth event participants
- All Children’s and Youth Service Programs and the Counseling Center at MHA
- Various USD 259 and Communities in Schools staff.
Youth and staff during the gathering and welcome.
Youth and volunteers filling anti-bullying bags.
Younger youth listening to Andrew, counselor and guest speaker from MHA who focused on “being different,” what are bullies, and copies skills and techniques when being bullied.
One of four “puzzle piece” posters decorated by the youth. They worked in groups to put their puzzles together as a team, then explained and displayed them. The posters were hung around the agency during the month of October.
Senior volunteers filling bags for youth.