Kids on the Block
The Kids on the Block Program provides school based prevention services which increase public awareness about the problem of child abuse and equip children with the skills to recognize, resist and report such abuse. The program is approved by the Diocese of Covington as a Safe Environment Program.
Dynamic, interactive performances are provided using life size Kids on the Block puppets to educate children about child abuse and neglect. The program includes different programs in which the puppets discuss their “personal stories” regarding both physical and sexual abuse. Following the presentation, the puppeteers are trained to address issues related to child abuse and answer questions from the children via the puppets, so that children can clarify any information and gain additional insight into abuse.
Children are provided with activity booklets that reinforce information provided in the presentations and are given a 24-hour abuse reporting number. An Educator’s Guide is provided to adults who view the program which includes signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, reporting procedures and suggestions for how to respond to disclosures.
New Program on Bullies & School Safety
The Kids on the Block Program on Bullies & School Safety has been developed to educate children about what constitutes bullying, promote sensitivity toward peers, provide specific strategies to make schools a safer place, and help children avoid or cope with bad situations. This program:
- explains/defines what constitutes bullying
- examines various problem solving techniques
- encourages children to talk about their feelings and about unjust situations
- provides intervention strategies to adults and children
- increases awareness and acceptance of human similarities and differences
- encourages children to be secure and confident in their own perceptions of right and wrong and to reject unacceptable bullying behavior in others.
Performances are provided using three life size Kids on the Block puppets, Eddy Franklin, Clare Sanchez, and Melody James. The program includes two skits in which the puppets share their personal experiences with bullying. A bullying situation is examined and ways that the child being bullied can address the problem are explored. Ways in which children who witness teasing or bullying behavior can respond to help diffuse the situation are also addressed. Following the presentation, the puppeteers answer questions via the puppets and ask students to share their ideas and suggestions.
"We had the new show "Kids on the Block bullying" at our school this week for grades 2-5, and it was excellent! The children loved the new puppets, the script was very kid-friendly and the bullying topics that were covered encompassed all forms of bullying, showing the children that it can be done by any child, girl or boy and what to do when it happens and who to tell. Bullying is becoming such a problem now, starting early in a child's school career, and this program was a great tool for us to use to help the children understand what it is, what it looks like and what to do when it happens. I would recommend it for any school. We were very impressed, and will definitely have them back next year! Thanks so much!" - Elementary School Counselor
SCHEDULE A PERFORMANCE:
The Kids on the Block Program on Bullies and School Safety targets school age children, 1st through 5th grade. This pilot program is available to a limited number of schools and community groups in the tri-state area for a reduced fee of $300 plus mileage (55.5 cents per mile).
The Kids on the Block Child Abuse Education and Prevention Program targets school age children, grades K through five. The program is offered to all Northern Kentucky schools and community groups. The program is free in Boone, Campbell, Grant, and Kenton counties. Performances are available outside of these areas for a fee. Request a performance for your school today.
Age-appropriate storytelling is available for childcare centers in the above service area at no cost.
CHECK OUT THIS GREAT VIDEO ON ANTI-BULLYING. NEVER EVER (The Bully Project
This program would not be possible without the generous support of the following funders:
- Fiscal Courts of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties
- Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing N.A.
- Chas. A. Seligman Family Foundation
- The Archdiocese of Covington
- The Jack J. Smith, Jr. Charitable Trust, PNC Bank and Karen Wachs, Co-Trustees
- The Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee
- The Sutphin Family Foundation
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