SUSS – Students United for Safe Schools is a bullying prevention team building program

for middle and high school students. This innovative program was designed and created by CAPS – Child Abuse Prevention Services through the CAPS Bully Prevention Center.

CAPS is Long Island’s leading non-profit resource dedicated

to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and provider of youth violence prevention and child safety education to K-12 school age children.

SUSS teams are committed

to changing school culture and reducing bullying and cyberbullying behaviors in their school communities.

SUSS uses a social norms approach.

We know that adolescents shape many of their views and opinions based on what they feel their peer group believes. Thus, correcting misperceptions is likely to result in decreased problem behaviors and promoting healthy behaviors.

Each participating school surveys its students

on perceived issues of bullying and cyber-bullying. The survey results help SUSS teams design program initiatives that are based on factual information that dispel student misconceptions.

Each student-led SUSS team

(under the guidance of their faculty advisor) will decide what positive and consistent social norming projects they want to implement in their respective school communities with the goals of reducing incidents of bullying and cyber-bullying, and naturally changing their school culture to a place where all students feel a sense of respect, safety, and belonging.

HELP IS AVAILABLE IF YOU ARE BEING BULLIED

Bully Helpline

SUSS IS HERE FOR YOU

If you or someone you know witnesses bullying and needs guidance on how to reach out to a targeted student.

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