We’re excited to announce that Coweta County Schools , Family Patterns Matter, Inc and the law firm of Montlick & Associates, have partnered together to bring The Ambassadors 4 Kids Club (A4K Club), to schools in our community. The A4K Club is a new national youth club dedicated to keeping America’s kids safe. The mission of the club is to prevent and stop all forms of bullying and abuse, by creating an environment where every child feels safe and accepted.
As you know, bullying is a serious problem with more than one out of every five students reporting being bullied according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. The administrators and school board members take this issue seriously and make sure all teachers and students understand current ant – bullying policies and procedures. However, studies show that not all children report bullying incidents when they occur, and often times it’s hard for parents and teachers to see bullying when it comes to social emotional and cyberbullying.
The good news is that our children have the power to help stop bullying. More than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied (Hawkins, Pepler, & Craig, 2001). The Ambassadors 4 Kids Club was designed to make a difference in our communities, and to empower children to find their voice, to stand up and speak out against bullying.
The A4K Club program consists of fun and interactive meetings and activities for 4th, 5th, 6th grade and middle school students that will be guided by a school educator/sponsor. During meetings, the A4K Club Sponsor will facilitate conversations where students can comfortably talk about bullying issues they either experience and/or witness, and together come up with solutions on how to handle the situation. Students will also engage in a creative activity to promote kindness, respect, compassion and acceptance towards everyone at school and within their community. Club members will be recognized for their leadership in promoting kindness and their dedication to end bullying in our community through the Ambassador of the Month and the Ambassador of the Year Award. The Ambassador of the Year winner will receive a $500 scholarship from the law firm of Montlick & Associates. The A4K Club Sponsor will select the students based on the following are criteria:
• The student demonstrates leadership in the A4K Club meetings and activities throughout the month/year.
• The student exemplifies kindness, compassion and respect on a daily basis.
• The student speaks up and stands up for themselves and for others.
• The student motivates others to show kindness and respect.
• The student invites new students to join A4K.
We are excited about the opportunity to bring this program to schools and look forward to working with your children this school year. The Ambassadors 4 Kids Club has something to offer to all students and we hope you will encourage your child to join the A4K Club which will be part of the Ambassador clubs in your schools.