APA’s new Safe and Supportive Schools Project takes on bullying

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded program will help create safe and supportive school environments to reduce bullying, change group norms and improve school climate.

APA’s new Safe and Supportive Schools Project will help schools prevent bullying and become places where students feel safe, accepted, connected to their peers and supported by adults. Funding for the project is provided by a five-year, $1 million cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH).

“Safe and supportive schools are associated with improved education and health, including sexual health, for all students,” says SSSP Director Lacey Rosenbaum. Housed within APA’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office, the project will focus on LGBT youth, with an emphasis on homeless youth, youth in alternative schools and young men who have sex with men — all of whom are at a disproportionate risk for HIV and/or sexually transmitted diseases. 

Developing evidence-supported resources on safe and supportive schools for school counselors, nurses, psychologists, social workers and other personnel who can take steps to improve school climate is also a priority for the Safe and Supportive Schools Project. The CDC/DASH has funded 19 state education agencies to help school districts build HIV/sexually transmitted disease prevention programs using APA’s resources.

Members interested in sharing knowledge and expertise on safe and supportive school environments should email the Safe and Supportive Schools Project.