RC Middle School | Youth Mental Health & Bullying Prevention Programs for Middle Schools
Rachel’s Challenge youth mental health and bullying prevention programs for middle schools provide activities, lessons, and age-appropriate content curated around the mission of reducing bullying, self-harm, and youth violence.
Get in touch to learn more about our programs for middle schools.
You’re Never Too Cool for Kindness
Anyone who’s been there (and even some who haven’t) will tell you that adolescence ain’t easy. The landscape of the in-be-teen is riddled with potholes and detours. Middle School inhabitants can be unpredictable: one minute surly and sulking, the next bold and boisterous. The struggle to stake out a social identity in such a dynamic environment can lead to conflict, when boundaries inevitably collide.
The message of Rachel’s Challenge is finely tuned to speak to this dilemma. We approach it from two directions: first, by teaching better emotional regulation skills, we give students a firmer foundation to stand on, helping them build the confidence, security, and resilience to cope with their daily experience and their changing world. Then, from that solid ground, we invite them to reach out- to overcome prejudice, and grow critical social emotional skills like empathy and compassion.
We provide simple tools that encourage self-reflection, and help reframe negative experiences into a source of learning and strength. And by creating a shared experience around the story of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the Columbine shootings, we invite a bond that can forge connection out of differences.
What’s amazing is how effective it is. For all their aloofness and feigned detachment, it turns out that Middle School students are keenly in tune with the need for kindness – perhaps more than most. So when we give them permission to be kind, and model some simple behaviors, the chain reaction that emerges gains a lot of momentum, fast. Negative behaviors like bullying and social isolation quickly wither in the path of a rumbling Middle School kindness train.
Positive Behavior Support with Our Programs
We prefer to say that we are not exclusively a bullying prevention program for middle schools; but instead, we are a kindness development program.
Because when it comes to behavior management, the effective power that comes from supporting positive behavior far outweighs disciplinary action taken against negative behavior. Which is a fancy, technical way of saying that carrots work better than sticks. Especially when so many of us are hungry for the very things Rachel’s Challenge presentations model: connection, compassion, and hope.
Our Middle School programs are age-appropriate, with different levels of subject sensitivity for varying maturity levels. Both Digital and Live programming allows for customization and flexibility for your school. Digital and Live tracks compliment each other and are completely modular. The Live school assemblies are 60-minute presentations followed by a 1.5-hour training. Our Digital offering is a 6-week classroom program with follow-up and supporting materials.
Benefits of Bringing Youth Mental Health & Bullying Prevention Programs to Middle Schools
- Longitudinal studies have suggested that individuals who bully others in childhood are more likely to be violent and offend as adults, so reducing behaviors in youth is key to supporting adult wellness.
- School-based anti-bullying programs were effective in reducing bullying perpetration by approximately 20–23% and bullying victimization by approximately 17–20%.
- Fully implemented, Rachel’s Challenge partner schools achieve notable gains in community engagement, faculty/student relationships, leadership potential, and school climate; along with reductions in alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.
What About K-8 / K-12?
We’ve worked with hundreds of K-8 or K-12 schools over the past 20 years. We know that each school is a unique blend of students with a unique set of needs.
At Rachel’s Challenge, we work hard to deliver age-appropriate content that speaks specifically to the intended audience. To do this in a K-8 or K-12 setting, we make all our elementary, middle school, and high school programs available. That way you can work with your Rachel’s Challenge representative to put together the program that is right for you.