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    University of Montana
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Montana Behavorial Initiative Resources

Asset Building

The Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. At the heart of the institute's work is the framework of 40 Developmental Assets, which are positive experiences and personal qualities that young people need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. This site is where it all started with links: About Search Institute, Resources, Catalog, HC•HY Conference, Survey Services, Training and Speaking, Downloads, Knowledge, Five Action Strategies, Research, Communities, Educators, Families, Faith Communities, a Bibliography and Archives.

The Hidden Treasure of Assets is a game that teaches the 40 Developmental Assets and the consequences of risky behaviors in a fun, easy-to-use, board game format.

James Vollbracht's Website, a popular speaker for Montana's MBI Youth day.

Resiliency in Action is dedicated to the exciting, hopeful, and very real concept of resiliency. Evidence is all around us of the ability of children, youth, adults, organizations, and communities to bounce back from stress and adversity. Their purpose is to spread the news of resiliency through sharing research and facilitating the practical application and evaluation of resiliency.

The National Youth Development Information Center provides community programs with the information tools they need to improve their services. The Center plans to become an important resource for research and documentation about the youth development field.

The Bureau for At-Risk Youths describes issues going on in the At-Risk Community and where to find resources to help today's youth cope with the important issues that face them.

America's Promise is a national not-for-profit organization led by General Colin Powell, dedicated to mobilizing the nation to ensure that children and youth have access to the fundamental resources they need to become successful adults. Thousands of corporations, nonprofit organizations, philanthropic foundations, service providers, communities and national, state and local governments, have joined the nationwide alliance.

The Child Welfare League of America is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to the well-being of America's vulnerable children and their families. CWLA is an association of almost 1,000 public and private nonprofit agencies that assist over 2.5 million abused and neglected children and their families each year with a wide range of services.

The National Resource Center for Youth Services offers resources and support for child welfare, youth services, juvenile justice, and other professionals whose focus is youth, children and families. NRC provides on-site training, management services, information and referral, conference planning, teen conferences, and a wide variety of affordable publications and videos. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life of our nation's at-risk youth and their families by improving the effectiveness of human services.

The Families and Work Institute is a non-profit organization that addresses the changing nature of work and family life. They are committed to finding research-based strategies that foster mutually supportive connections among workplaces, families, and communities.

Children First is a call to individuals, families and organizations to reclaim their responsibility for young people and provide the guidance, support and attention young people need to be successful. Children First is a philosophy, not a program. Children First was the first local initiative to take Search Institute's ground-breaking youth development research and transform it into community action.

Bullying Prevention

Lesson Plans

Angries Out – Resources to give people alternatives to conflict and violence when they are upset. Their mission is to help people of all ages learn to use their anger in ways that empower them.

Didax - This Company offers free samples of lesson plans from their publications

GoodCharacter.Com - A teaching guide for grades K-5. This site has a ready made lesson plan that you can use immediately. The site also allows you to order a video for use in the classroom.

Pay It Forward Foundation – Activities Based on the Movie

Intervention Central - Preventing Classroom Bullying – Lesson Plans

Websites for administrators and teachers

Bully Police – Find out how our state rates on bully policies and laws.

Bullying Online – This site has numerous tips for parents, teachers, and students. You can find resources from legal advice to school projects.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence - Anti-bullying resources from the University of Colorado. Tips, programming/support information, and fact sheets for parents and educators about school violence and bullying at school.

Children and Family in the Justice System - Bullying information for parents and teachers and links to school violence and bullying sites from around the world.

Kidscape - A British charity teaching children how to keep safe before they become victims

Kind Acts Foundation – Reward program for kindness

National Crime Prevention Council – This site is designed to help schools and communities learn what they can do to prevent crime.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program – Dan Olweus is the leader in bully prevention programming. This site will tell you more about his program.

Websites for Administrators and Teachers Continued

Safe Schools Coalition - Information and resources to help reduce bias-based bullying and violence in schools; to help create safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

School-Connect®: Optimizing the High School Experience is a 40-lesson curriculum (grades 9-12) designed to improve students' social and emotional skills, boost academic achievement, and facilitate supportive relationships among students and teachers.

Websites for Students

The Bully: A Discussion and Activity Story on Bullying – A story is followed by a question and answer section to help students verbalize feelings and gives strategies to use when being bullied.

Bullying Online – This site has numerous tips for parents, teachers, and students. You can find resources from legal advice to school projects.

Don't Feed the Bully – An award winning novel with an on-line study guide for teachers. Appropriate for preteens/Middle School Students.

Kids Against Bullying from the PACER Center, Champions for Children with Disabilities

Stop Cyberbullying – A site for students designed to spread the news on online safety, privacy and security.

Facilitator and Leadership Skills Links

This is a Course on Facilitation Skills developed by the Department of Defense. The course has four main sections:

Positive Behavioral Support Project of the University of South Florida Facilitator Guide

The National Staff Development Council has a wealth of information on a variety of topics ranging from finding the time to meet, achieving your vision, reaching consensus, and data-analysis. Look for the articles under the "Tools for Learning Schools " section. Former director of communications for NSDC, Joan Richardson

Don Clark's Leadership Guide - Starbuck's Coffee Executive Don Clark presents his multiple-chapter guide to leadership.

Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) is the leading nonprofit institution dedicated exclusively to leadership. CCL is designed to develop innovative models of managerial practice. Site includes newsletter and research about leadership.

Safe Schools Resource Links

Canadian Safe Schools Network with resources for students, parents and teachers.

Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Education - collaborate to help schools prepare for possible terrorism and disaster planning.

Prepare for Possible Terrorism

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado

Crisis Communication Guide and Toolkit from NEAHIN has downloads available on the following topics: Before a Crisis, During a Crisis, Moving Beyond Crisis, Tools for Educators and Resources.

Early Warning/Timely Response Guide from the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (CECP).

Emergency Planning from the U.S. Department of Education.

Florida Department of Education: Office of Safe and Healthy Schools website has links to information on Emergency Management, Coordinated School Health, Safe and Drug Free Schools, School wide Discipline and Climate, and Best Practices in Safety and Security.

Helpful Hints for School Emergency Management, Vol. 2, Issue 2, 2007 for more emergency planning tips and information from the Texas School Safety Center.

Managing Threats - Safety Lessons Learned from School Shootings

Melissa Institute - For Violence Prevention and Treatment

Montana's Emergency and Disaster Services - Featuring Earthquake Preparedness

National Institute of Justice - Research report on the use of security technologies in schools.

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline is a resource for students.

Preventing School Shootings - A Summary of a U.S. Secret Service Safe School Initiative Report

Safe School's Coalition reduces bias-based bullying and violence in schools and to help schools better meet the needs of sexual minority youth and children by providing information and resources.

Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Initiative is a comprehensive approach to youth violence prevention. The SS/HS Initiative is a unique Federal grant-making program designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among our Nation's youth, schools, and communities.

Safeguarding Buildings Against Chemical or Biological Attack from the Airflow and Polutant Transport Group provides information intended for emergency personnel and for building operators. It contains current advice for dealing with a biological or chemical release in a building.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) (Formerly Students Against Drunk Driving) has become a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, teen violence and teen depression and suicide.

Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is a student driven organization. Students learn about alternatives to violence and practice what they learn through school and community service projects. As they participate in SAVE activities, students learn crime prevention and conflict management skills and the virtues of good citizenship, civility, and nonviolence.

Student Pledge Against Gun Violence is a national program that honors the role that young people, through their own decisions, can play in reducing gun violence.

Teach Safe Schools will help you bridge the gap between research findings and the practices and procedures for violence prevention that are needed in your school.