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Bully prevention resources

What works and what doesn’t?

According to a study published in the Journal of Criminology, anti-bullying programs have negative effects and can make bullying worse instead of better. Researchers found that for a bully prevention program to work it must change the school climate. This means changing values and expectations of youth, teachers, and school administration.

Articles based on psychology and science

Key Club ‘s Response to Bullying

Key Club International is teaming up with Project Happiness. Project Happiness specializes in emotional resilience-building programs, which provide proven techniques to cultivate one’s own authentic happiness drawing from the three pillars of Neuroscience, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness.

Through strength-based curriculum, Project Happiness is working to help create a world where:

  • School bullying will no longer be a socially accepted behavior.
  • Young adults will be taught to know and value their passions and personal strengths and become more compassionate to themselves and others.
  • Building one’s character will be as important as building one’s resume.
  • Success will be measured by the degree to which we experience meaningful, fulfilling lives (not just by our job titles and credentials)

Learn more about Key Club’s effort to spread happiness and nurture growth of kindness, compassion and empathy. Check out the Key Club Guide to Project Happiness.

Spreading Happiness

Creating a happier school environment is a good thing. Science says that happier students:

  • Handle stress better.
  • Discover smart ways to help themselves and their friends.
  • Have healthier, more positive relationships.
  • Bully less and are nicer to be around.
  • Sleep better at night.
  • Have an easier time learning new things.
  • Accomplish more.

Here are things Builders Club members can do at school to increase happiness.

Organize a school Employee Appreciation Day. Honor the people who make a difference in your school community that don’t usually get recognition. Janitors, cafeteria employees, secretaries, school nurses, and counselors.

Change the school cafeteria into a coffee house. Set-up a small stage in one section of the cafeteria. Promote the coffee house ahead of time and schedule guitarist, ukulele players, etc. to sit and play nicely during lunch while everyone eats. Make posters to post around the cafeteria giving it a coffee house look. Put thank you notes and messaging on each of the cafeteria tables.

Leave your handprint. Cut out paper handprints. Distribute these to students and ask them to write down how they hope to leave their handprint (make a difference) in the world. Post all the handprints on a prominent wall at school, using painters tape to adhere the hand prints.

Create happy announcements. Use the helpful information you learn in the Project Happiness Handbook to write informative messaging to be included in with morning announcements each morning. Tips to help students begin their own happiness journey.

Start a Circle of Happiness. Download a free Circle Kit from the Project Happiness website and start a Circle of Happiness at school or in the community. These materials will help you discover proven ways to thrive and grow sustainable happiness habits. Helpful online resources make inviting others to participate easy.

Learn about the science of happiness. Visit to learn why happiness is important and what we can do to bring greater happiness to self and others.

Celebrate the International Day of Happiness. Join the world in celebrating the International Day of Happiness on March 20. Here are more suggestions of ways club members can participate.

Build a Culture of Care

Culture of Care Initiative

Our student leaders are our No. 1 ally and resource in creating world-class experiences within Kiwanis Youth Programs. Our Culture of Care initiative provides students with the training and resources to be leaders in their school in preventing bullying, reducing incidences of violence, understanding healthy relationships and personal boundaries and more.

Erika’s Lighthouse Metal Health Resources

Partner with a Key Club in your area to bring helpful resources to your club and school including mental health resources from Erika’s Lighthouse, an organization that empowers students to change the world by providing mental health resources teachers can use to educate young people about adolescent depression.

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Increase Your Happiness Quotient

Interested in increasing your happiness quotient while helping others gain this important skill set? Join Key Club and Project Happiness in their effort to combat bullying by teaching happiness.

Learn more about how Key Club International and Project Happiness are working together to improve overall well-being of youth within our schools and communities.