Start a Stop Bullying Now! Club

Starting a Stop Bullying Now Club at your school is one of the most effective ways to address the problem of bullying and harassment. The club can meet every month to plan bullying prevention activities. The members can include students, the principal, teachers, athletic coaches, school counselors, and even bus drivers.

Step 1: Getting Started

  • Find 2-3 students who are interested in starting a club/project.bullying7
  • You will want to decide if it is better to have a club that meets regularly to work on different projects or if you want to create a team to do a one-time project at your school. What you decide will depend on the number of students involved and the resources at your school.
  • Request a teacher, counselor, or other adult to serve as your advisor.
  • Have a planning/introductory meeting where you discuss:
    • Why is this club/project important? What is the purpose of this club?
    • What kinds of bullying do you see at school?
    • What are different ways we can teach others about bullying?

Step 2: Involve Others

  • Work with your advisor to recruit other students to be a part of the club project.
    • Tip: The best way to get people interested is to ask them individually.
  • Are there other clubs at school that you can work with (student government, culture clubs, the newspaper, etc.)?

Step 3: Start the Conversation

  • Once you have invited more people to join, have an introductory meeting to introduce the new members to the club/project.
  • Discuss your goals and why this is important to you.
  • Give the new members an opportunity to share why they joined and to contribute any ideas they have.

Step 4: Create a Timeline

  • If you have formed a club, create a timeline of meetings (weekly, monthly, etc) and what you want to do at the meetings.
  • You can have a focus for each one:
    • Discuss a specific aspect of bullying with a reflection.
    • Do an activity with members.
    • Plan a specific project or projects.
    • For activities and reflection ideas, check out some of the tools created by other students.
    • If you are planning a project, check to see if there have been similar projects that can help you plan yours. 

      • Break what you plan into smaller tasks and assign people to each of the tasks.
      • Determine the order in which tasks need to be completed.
      • Determine whether you need to get approval from any of the school administration (your advisor can help with this).
      • Decide how are you going to present the project.
      • Determine who your target audience is.

Step 5: Execute and Showcase the Project

  • Bring the project to the target audience.
  • Communicate the importance and value of such a project.
  • Be available to help explain the project in more detail if needed.

Step 6: Evaluate the Project

  • bullying3Once you have completed the project, have a debriefing meeting in which you discuss how you think the project went. If you want, you can create a short feedback survey to collect information anonymously
  • Have a conversation about the following:
    • What worked well?
    • What did not work well? How can these parts be improved in the future?
    • Were the tasks divided up evenly?
    • Were the deadlines manageable?

For more information and guidelines, refer to the Youth Leaders Tool Kit.