The FCCLA Students Taking On Prevention (STOP) the Violence program empowers youth with attitudes, skills, and resources in order to recognize, report, and reduce youth violence. Violence in today’s schools is too often a headline in the national news. Whether it is fighting, making threats, or bullying, violence has forced school officials to take drastic steps to address this concern. Millions of dollars have been spent on metal detectors, hidden cameras in the classrooms and hallways, and security guards. Dollars spent on security measures such as these are not spent on additional teachers, salaries, advanced technology, and facilities. But what can the students themselves do to STOP the Violence? FCCLA members use peer education to:
- reach their peers with violence prevention education
- recognize warning signs of potential youth violence
- encourage young people to report troubling behavior
- collaborate with school and community resources to address youth violence
- develop and implement local action projects to reduce the potential for violence in their school.
Colorado FCCLA offers two types of state recognition to chapters that complete STOP the Violence projects.
- State Project Awards: Chapters apply to showcase their hard work and innovative projects with the Colorado Program Award Application. The 1st place chapter honor may include cash awards and special recognition at the State Leadership Conference, online, and in Colorado Comments newsletter.
- State General Recognition: Individuals and chapters that complete a National Program project may complete the State Recognition for National Program Participation Form and receive a certificate of participation and special pre-show recognition at the State Leadership Conference.
- STOP the Violence Info Sheet
- STOP the Violence Tool Kit
- LearnPsychology: Bullying Awareness & Prevention
- Relationships For Dummies
- Stop Bullying- United States Government
- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
- U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
- CareerSafe Online