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"WITS for Community Leaders"

Program

Summary

Community leaders Ñ including emergency services personnel (e.g. police officers, firefighters, paramedics), university or high school athletes, elders and other community role models interested in preventing peer victimization Ñ play an important role in the WITS Programs. Community leaders are not expected to teach the WITS Programs to students. Rather, their role is to: provide a positive first contact with children, reinforcing that they are part of a greater support network the children can call upon for help, communicate WITS strategies by participating in school activities, such as special assemblies and classroom visits, show there are responsible adults outside the schools who believe in the WITS message and are willing to help children before problems escalate. Community leaders launch the WITS Primary Program with the Swearing-In Ceremony Ñ a special assembly where Kindergarten to Grade 3 students are deputized as WITS Special Constables. Community leaders also kick off the WITS LEADerS Program with the Tug-of-Help skit. This interactive skit introduces students in Grades 4 to 6 as WITS LEADERS who younger students can turn to for help. Throughout the school year, community leaders return to the school for classroom visits to check up on how the new constables are doing with using their WITS. Training for Community Leaders is a free 60 minute online module.

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