Individual Interventions

Reach out to students to help them form positive, healthy relationships. Let them know that you take a positive interest in them.
Provide tutors or mentors from within the school, community, service organizations, colleges or churches.
Encourage and facilitate part-time employment or volunteer opportunities.

School-wide Strategies

Anger Management and Counseling programs
Offer Mediation and Conflict Resolution programs
Establish a confidential reporting system for youth to let you or other
administrators know about perceived threats of violence
Offer drug and alcohol interventions for youths and families
Provide extended school hours to allow for involvement in supervised recreational activities.
Classes for parenting skills
Establish crisis centers that are staffed with professionals equipped to work with violent youth
Offer violence prevention training for all teachers and staff in the school.
Enforce discipline and dress codes consistently.
Author and enforce a Post Incident Response Plan as part of the Incident Management Plan (as mandated under Project SAVE legislation).

District-Wide Strategies

Determine specific discipline codes and review them periodically to make sure they are in keeping with local, state and federal education laws.
Distribute and implement a district-wide Incident Management Plan and
Emergency Response Plan.


Mentoring can be a very powerful tool to help children who may feel otherwise disconnected from school and society to gain a sense of belonging. The sites listed below provide a lot of information about setting up your own mentoring program and utilizing the mentoring resources that are currently available.

Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation

Conflict resolution and peer mediation have gained widespread popularity as methods of deterring violence. When children (and adults) learn the skills to handle disagreements respectfully and calmly, it is less likely that violence will occur. The following links give more information about conflict resolution and peer mediation—definitions of the two, examples of programs that have worked in the past, and information about what you can do to integrate these strategies into your educational counseling program.

Parent Involvement

As was mentioned previously, if you are giving children one message at school and they are receiving a different message at home, you will have a very difficult time preventing violent behavior. It is extremely important to let parents know what you are trying to do, and to encourage them to support your violence prevention curriculum at home. You can do this by including them in activities you plan as part of your program, and educating them about what your goals are. There are many sites devoted to helping parents deal with aggressive children, as well as helping them play a part in the prevention of violence among children. The following are very useful:

Social Skills/Life Skills Training

Helping children develop social skills and life skills enables them to interact in healthy, productive ways with those around them. This training pays attention to the development of health and assertiveness skills, promotes responsibility for self, and respect for self and others. It also gives children the tools they need to develop positive relationships with others, thereby diminishing the likelihood of drug use or violence. Children gain personal, social, cognitive and environmental skills necessary for peaceful interactions. Log on to the following sites for more information on this particular topic.