The WE WILL Generation
The WE WILL Generation Movement
The WE WILL Generation
A program designed to inspire student to student engagement to lead the bullying prevention movement!
Students are ready to lead the bullying prevention movement. “We will be the generation that says, ‘This is our issue and we will be the solution.’”
WE = Uniting as a community
WILL = Creating positive, inspired change
GENERATION = Recognizing today’s students as leaders
Bullying is an issue that directly impacts children and youth every day. Today’s generation of students is ready to take action and uniquely positioned to prevent and stop bullying. What they need is education, support, and inspiration – and a creative program that will give them the practical skills to be part of the solution. The WE WILL Generation is an exciting new initiative developed by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center that uses a students-teaching-students model to build leadership and encourage a change in culture to address bullying.
All are invited to join the movement! The WE WILL Generation is student-centered with many opportunities for all students. Educators, parents, and community members play an important role in supporting, inspiring and encouraging students to take action.
A featured resource of the movement is PACER’s WE WILL Curriculum, which is a free on-line, student-to-student curriculum designed for high school student leaders to engage, educate and inspire other middle and high school students to be a part of The We Will Generation.
Why is a Student-to-Student movement important?
Almost 60% of bullying situations end when a peer intervenes.
A powerful statistic, showing the important influence that peers can have. Imagine the power of student-to-student engagement in which students are educated, inspired, and supported to take positive action to help their peers.
- Today’s students, like no other generation before them, have the opportunity to address bullying and change the culture within their schools, communities, and online.
- This generation knows that bullying is an issue for their peers; they want to help, and research shows that their actions will make a positive impact.
- To be successful they need a school-based structure, supported with online resources that provide practical strategies, solid information, and action steps.
- Students often have an intrinsic understanding of their social environments and can exercise more “social leverage” with peers than adults.
- Students who feel ownership of their communities, and realize that they can make a difference, can be powerful influencers.
- In a student-to-student model, the presenters and the audience both learn powerful lessons about bullying and what they can do to prevent it.
- This generation is ready to take action. What they need now is education, support, and inspiration – and a creative, practical program to make it happen!
Goals of the WE WILL GENERATION
- Broaden and refine students’ understanding of bullying.
- Provide a framework for students to internalize the right to individuality and an understanding of differences.
- Create an environment in which students feel educated, inspired, and supported to take action to build an inclusive culture.
- Help all students recognize and develop positive strategies to respond to bullying situations.
Messages of the WE WILL GENERATION
Respect Differences – Each student has the right to his or her individuality. Through differences we are stronger.
Unite Together – When we stand together we are stronger than when we stand alone. Our common bond is that we all have something to offer.
Take Action – There are opportunities to help those who are struggling. There is power in kindness and building people up.
Safe and Supportive School Climate
A student-to-student program is one element of a successful plan to address bullying. A student focused program should be supported with other initiatives that include:
- school-wide assessment of bullying
- development and distribution of bullying prevention policies and rules
- engage, educate and involve parents
- building bullying prevention activities into school curriculum
- educator and school-personnel training and support
- trategies to support students involved in bullying situations
For more information on creating a safe school climate, visit StopBullying.gov