The Power Up program seeks to encourage the 85% of the population who are bystanders to bullying (rather than targets or bullies) to recognize the strength in those numbers and use it to intervene when they see something wrong!
An all-girl program, Power Up is focused on preventing the verbal and relational bullying prevalent among girls in grades 4 -12.
Power Up is unique in that it focuses on experiential learning, relational bullying, and defender training to teach bullying prevention. Power Up teaches girls how to think, not what to think. Girls are encouraged to see the nuances of behaviors; trust their gut to know when they perpetuate, experience or witness bullying; and understand that no simple answer works in every situation. By teaching the girls keys to strong interventions they are free to form defenses in their own words.
This six-hour program is strongly research-based and is offered as an event, series or overnighter. As we strive to build a world where girls will stand up to bullying instead of just standing by, we have come to emphasize the three main objectives of the Power Up program:
Girls will know bullying when they see it.
Girls will explore ways to prevent bullying in their communities.
Girls will be prepared to effectively intervene when they see bullying happen.
Power Up is a volunteer-led program—the more volunteers we have, the more girls we can reach! If you're interested in becoming a Power Up volunteer (or if you'd like more information about how your girl can get involved) please contact the Power Up staff in your area:
(Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, Island and Snohomish counties)
(Lewis, Pierce, Thurston, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Pacific counties)