Bullying today, in classrooms, playgrounds and cyberspace is adversely impacting students' performance in the classroom, with peer-to-peer relationships, and the ability to cope with day-to-day problems and situations. The solution is not to stop bullies and bullying behavior, but to teach young school kids, beginning as young as kindergarten, a better way to react and cope. Let's create a new generation of kids who aren't afraid of bullies!
Throughout the USA, there are hundreds of thousands of children living in foster care, being raised by grandparents or siblings or homeless. Sexual trafficking of minor girls is a growing problem. For very good reasons, these children have low self esteem, lack self confidence, do not respect themselves nor others and feel ... and look ... like victims. Our program seeks to reverse this trend by working with kids as young as kindergarten to build up their self esteem.
RIDE TO WIN is a youth empowerment program designed to give kids the confidence they need to avoid becoming a bully's next victim! This four-week workshop is taught in an outdoor, living classroom, a ranch with horses and farm animals! We use horses as instructional partners to build self-confidence, teach independence, encourage responsibility, understand consequences, illustrate cause-and-effect relationships, develop social skills, and recognize non-verbal communication and cues.
Studies have shown that children who are engaged, motivated, and focused become empowered, self-confident, self-assured, achievers and leaders. They don't drop out of school; they get better grades, have better social skills, and are less likely to be bullied. In our program, students learn how to confront and overcome their fears and are less bothered by bullies or bullying behavior. Our program seeks to work with 250 students, along with teachers, family members and peer mentors.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).