Since the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, we have continually searched for answers to challenging questions to promote care and prevent harm in schools and communities across America.
Why did a shooter take the lives of 32 Hokies on April 16th?
Numerous factors led to the tragic VT shooting. In a review of school shootings, it’s well documented that numerous factors, from relational conflict and bullying to mental illness, contribute to violence in schools.
Does promoting goodness prevent a person from turning down a darker and violent path?
We still don’t know, but we believe it can! We gave out 2,000+ “actively caring” wristbands when we spotted kindness from students and staff on campus.
Does promoting care prevent aggression and bullying among elementary students?
We developed a simple kindness-promotion program where students look for caring from their peers and then are rewarded by teachers for caring, which reduced aggression by 40% (McCarty, Teie, McCutchen, & Geller, 2016)
Does a strengths-focused program develop character for middle school students?
We adapted the kindness-promotion program for middle schools and focused on building character strengths.
Can college students lead compassionate change in schools?
We trained 40+ college students in the science of peace promotion and violence prevention, a student-centric pedagogy, and developmental science. These college students taught 2,000+ students in four local middle schools.
How can students lead recovery after a school shooting?
At Chardon High School, we trained 80+ students to provide comfort and support to their peers and staff during a healing process.
How can we empower youth-led change before a school shooting occurs?
We developed a youth-led approach for students to develop their own school safety initiatives along with kindness and mental wellness campaigns to improve the school culture.
Can we empower students at every school and college across the U.S.?
We formed a non-profit, the COR Foundation, to develop more research-based youth programs and adult training along with a strategy to scale programs across schools.
How can adults support student-led change in schools?
We started to conduct research on school climate, consult with school administrators and train after-school club advisors.
How can we support School Resource Officers with more knowledge and skills to build trust, relationships and collaboratively create change with students?
We co-developed Preventing Problems by Promoting Positive Practices with Xero Associates and trained all of the Baltimore City School police.
How can we support a team of youth leaders to solve any school or community problem?
We developed COR 4 -- a four-phase process of youth development programming to enhance actions, consciousness, solutions and analytics to create school change.
How can we create change together?
We partnered with select non-profit organizations and colleges to begin the process of scaling our programs to schools.
How can we create a better culture?
Promote Care & Prevent Harm. It’s our new name, our vision and our strategy for culture change.