Bullying Prevention (BRACE)

The BRACE Project

We’ve integrated bullying prevention and restorative actions into our work with youth across a variety of programs for many years. While those efforts continue, we’re also proud to be a partner in The BRACE (Bullying Remediation and Court Education) Project.

The Project brings together the Worcester County Juvenile Court, the Worcester Juvenile Court Probation Department, the  Worcester Police Department, Worcester Public Schools, the Worcester District Attorney’s Office, and Y.O.U., Inc. to provide a cost-effective, “second tier” action plan for not only the repeat bullying student, but also his or her family. The program runs for one school day, and offers education and training around the destructive effects of bullying, and the serious legal and financial consequences of bullying.

Students from any Worcester public school can be referred to the B.R.A.C.E. program by a teacher or guidance counselor, and will be scheduled for the next available B.R.A.C.E. session.

The Bullying Prevention & Education Conference

The Project has also grown into a full-day annual conference for educators, social workers, and other professionals working with youth. Each year national speakers on bullying remediation and prevention gather at a Worcester school to discuss research and strategies that can be adopted locally. Breakout sessions and interactive activities to bring back to one’s school district or work environment are part of the day. Past topics have included cyberbullying, healthy relationships, school culture, etc.

The conference has been generously supported each year by DCU for Kids.

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