Boys & Girls Clubs of Adair County Schools Partners with Cherokee Nation Youth Services Department to Prevent Bullying

As a follow up to National Bullying Month in October, the Cherokee Nation Youth Services Department provided a Bullying Prevention presentation to several of the Boys & Girls Club of Adair County Schools sites, including the Rocky Mountain, Maryetta, and Stilwell Units.

Bullying takes many different forms and affects youth across the country. As adults, it can be easy to accidentally overlook when bullying is taking place unless it is overt. According to one large study by Bradshaw and colleagues in 2007, staff at all school levels (elementary, middle, and high) underestimate the number of students who are involved in frequent bullying. In this same study, they found that the most common types of bullying that middle school students experience are name calling, teasing, spreading rumors and lies, and pushing or shoving. Club members got the chance to learn about these common types of bullying and how to address them. After the presentation by the Cherokee Nation, the Club members played “Bullying Prevention BINGO” to reinforce the newly learned knowledge.

The Boys & Girls Club of Adair County Schools’ Club members meet in local public schools for afterschool programs. Because most bullying takes place in school, on school grounds, and on the school bus, the school/Club partnership was an ideal setting for the presentation. Kristal Diver, Chief Executive Officer of the Club, shared that the partnership with the Cherokee Nation Youth Services Department has been beneficial to the Club members and their families as well as the Club staff: “The regular support of the Cherokee National Youth Services Department has broadened our ability to provide needed services.”

Bradshaw, C.P., Sawyer, A.L., & O’Brennan, L.M. (2007). Bullying and peer victimization at school: Perceptual differences between students and school staff. School Psychology Review, 36(3), 361-382.