The Peace Out Project, a licensed and trademarked program, is designed expressly to address the serious problem of bullying and abuse in our schools. It is a creativity-based, interactive awareness program. POP, as we like to call it, teaches self-love, self-worth, and conflict resolution strategies while paving the path to peace. Our lessons are powerful, pervasive and perpetual, allowing the process of peace within our communities to become a reality.
Peace Out Project Guidebook© Overview
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 1 provides a basic introduction about bullying. The corresponding curriculum guide provides a succinct definition of bullying and its consequent effects. Initial fundamental concepts briefly addressed include creating inner peace, resolving inner conflict, cultivating compassion, becoming aware of respectful communication, creating the safe space and understanding the connection between peace and self-love . The group activity includes a freeze-play and weekly creative activities.
Chapter 2: Top 10 Strategies to Manage Conflict
Chapter 2 moves quickly into the top 10 Strategies to manage conflict when facing a bully or aggressor. The consequent discussion revolves around helping the student to understand the importance of each of the 10 strategies. The group activity includes role-play scenarios.
Chapter 3: Boys & Girls
Chapter 3 identifies the distinct differences by which boys and girls bully one another. Discussion revolves around understanding how kids abuse one another and then introduces the vital concept of self-love. Specific strategies to create love of self are provided. The group activity involves reviewing various scenarios to deepen a child’s understanding of self-love.
Chapter 4: True heart
Chapter 4 covers bullying against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender youth. Group discussion delves into defining and understanding the concepts of acceptance, prejudice, bigotry, racism, and sexism. The group activity is a role-play. The recommended weekly activity is a diversity forum.
Chapter 5: Wrong Way Relationships
Chapter 5 clearly defines the markers of abusive relationships of any kind. In contrast, the attributes of healthy relationships are definitively provided. After group discussion, the class is encouraged to design a co-creator’s agreement in which students determine how to work together cooperatively based on their emerging understanding of the attributes of healthy relationships.
Chapter 6: Emotions in Motion
Chapter 6 introduces the concept of deep, conscious breathing to help manage powerful emotions. A scripted extended breathing session, designed to trigger the Relaxation Response, is provided. The weekly exercises are designed to help kids identify anger warning signs and choose to breathe as a supportive measure to stay clear and balanced.
Chapter 7: Feeding the Beast
Chapter 7 builds upon the concept of self-love via a related concept, that of self-acceptance. The concept of self-acceptance is taught here by helping kids understand the nature of their emotions and feelings without guilt, shame and self-judgment. This chapter covers the range of human emotions, how to manage them, and the importance of self-acceptance, self-honor and self-respect.
Chapter 8: Creative Energy
Chapter 8 discusses the cycle and nature of abuse and it’s connection to creative energy. The goal of this chapter is to teach and encourage the use of creative activities to transform anger, pain, fear and upset. Creative activities keep kids deeply connected to a powerful part of themselves, giving them the opportunity to break beyond a broken sense of self. It is also hoped that students begin to understand the wounds that lie beneath the facade of a bully so that strong boundaries emerge from awareness rather than fear.
Chapter 9: Perfect Balance
Chapter 9 highlights the concept that within every person there are masculine and feminine attributes. All parts of us, consequently, have value and worth. A healthy, happy person has a healthy balance of these masculine and feminine qualities. This chapter encourages boys to become aware and accepting of their feminine qualities and girls to become aware and accepting of their masculine qualities.
Chapter 10: Hi Def Education
Chapter 10 has been included to help kids identify their unique learning styles to potentially ease their stress and frustration in the classroom. It is commonly known that bullies are often frustrated learners. Three distinct learning styles are covered: auditory, visual and kinesthetic. A fun game is provided at the chapter’s conclusion to help kids identify their unique learning style.
Chapter 11: Transforming Conflict Into Opportunity
Chapter 11 is designed to help kids expand their limited perspective of one another, encouraging them to take time to observe and see the bigger picture before making judgments. The metaphor of the “iceberg” is utilized to support the understanding that everyone is comprised of a unique set of experiences, values, ideas and beliefs. This chapter is designed to support the emerging appreciation of differences and diversity.
Chapter 12: You Are The Magic
Chapter 12 encourages students to look within themselves to honor their own unique life experience, discover their own unique gifts and to dream! Weaving together several Peace Out Project concepts, kids are encouraged to connect with their own inner magic, creativity, dreams and vision with deep self- love and self-worth.