The Dubuque Community School District officially kicked-off Green Dot, the district's new violence prevention program for middle and high school students on Friday.
The Dubuque Community School District is the first district in the nation to implement Green Dot district wide at both the middle and high school level, according to a press release.
Green Dot is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influences across all levels of socio-ecological model. The program seeks to engage all community members through awareness, education and skills-practice to be proactive in establishing intolerance of violence as a norm. It also looks to engage them in a reactive interventions in potentially violence situations - resulting in the ultimate reduction in violence.
Conceptually, Green Dot etc. is comprised of three basic components:
- A single choice in one moment in time to use your voice, actions or choices to make one small corner of the world safer.
- A shared vision that creates momentum through the power of a common language and purpose.
- A social movement that harnesses the power of peer influence and individual bystander choices to create lasting culture change resulting in the ultimate reduction of power-based personal violence.
The Green Dot program in the Dubuque Community School District is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.
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