Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

STOP the Violence: FCCLA Program Tackles School Issue

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

STOP the Violence: FCCLA Program Tackles School Issue

Article excerpt

Violence in today's schools is all too often a headline in the national news. Whether it is school shootings, fighting, making threats, or bullying, violence has forced school policymakers to take drastic steps to address this issue. 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 dollars not spent on additional teachers, advanced technology, and facilities. But what can the students themselves do to prevent violence?

STOP the Violence-Students Taking on Prevention is a program designed to involve students and address school violence at its core from the peer-to-peer perspective. Developed by members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the program empowers young persons to recognize, report, and reduce the potential for youth violence. The program's goals are to:

* Empower students with attitudes, skills, and resources to make their schools safer;

* Engage young people in efforts to prevent youth violence;

* Use peer education to increase youth awareness of and involvement in strategies that reduce youth violence; and

* Reduce the potential for youth violence in schools with trained FCCLA members. …

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