Peer Ambassador Upstander Program
“The ultimate goal for me and the other peer ambassadors is to take a stand against bullying. We are all working towards making the victim feel safe and letting the bully think about what they were just doing.”-
– Sheridan Schaefer, GAB Peer Ambassador
What is a PEER Ambassador?
GAB Peer Ambassadors are students who volunteer to play a vital role in the GAB organization. The Peer Ambassador Upstander Program is designed to assist students to “change the culture of learning” in their school and community. GAB will provide education and training for each ambassador to understand all that there is to know about bullying, cyberbulling, upstanders, and bystanders.
The severity of the bullying and cyber-bullying epidemic is undeniably increasing throughout the nation. There is a new bullying-related case in the news on a daily basis. Our children need our help. Victims of bullying need our help. GAB has created a unique solution to help this epidemic and we are seeking your support and participation.
What are the responsibilities of a Peer Ambassador?
At the GAB monthly meetings, we will offer practical skills to help Peer Ambassadors address the bullying problem in a positive, effective, and non-threatening way. Through this training and guidance from the GAB representatives, Peer Ambassadors will provide a leadership role to help other students recognize the problem and how to handle it. The Peer Ambassador role will promote self-esteem and confidence among themselves and the student body as a whole.
Ambassadors will work in the community to help organize and staff GAB events designed to increase awareness of the bullying and cyberbullying epidemic. GAB will help Peer Ambassadors learn how to become confident speakers with the goal to take our message to elementary and middle schools.
Peer Ambassadors may receive on-going training from various sources sponsored by GAB. These training sessions will include workshops and be centered on bullying and cyberbullying solutions and prevention.
Training will included how to become an upstander in various situations: schools, sports, camps, cyber worlds, and the community.
Through this training, Peer Ambassadors will learn leadership, effective speaking, useful resources, and how to create positive attitudes. This training will be on-going throughout the year. Ambassadors will receive recognition for their service, which will go into their school record as community service performed.
Peer Ambassadors will contribute to the improvement and modification of the GAB Upstander Peer Ambassador Program to help it become the best program for all schools to implement as the anti-bullying program of their choice. Ambassadors will be assigned a monthly meeting to organize, create, and execute a presentation on a bullying-related topic as well as participate in GAB events and projects.
GAB Upstander Peer Ambassadors will represent GAB in a positive light at all times and will be the best role model and Upstander as they can be.
THE UPSTANDER SYMBOL
The Upstander symbol was thoughtfully designed to be able to be recognized immediately, and nationwide, as an Upstander to bullying. If a student is an Upstander and displays the symbol on their belongings, bullies will think twice before acting out because of the upstanding support that is present. GAB strives to create an army of student Upstanders throughout the nation to help end bullying.
Who is GAB?
GAB believes the answers to the bullying epidemic lie within the hearts of all citizens in the community. Our programs are structured around the fact that each and every child and adult are beautiful, and an integral piece in the fabric of society. We are all woven together, and we must stand together to change the culture of learning. Our programming revolves around the idea of becoming an Upstander.
The act of being an Upstander is heroic. It is not suggested or expected by society. It takes incredible courage and strength. It is a sign of greatness. It is an act of love. Historic figures of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Mahatma Ghandi made their mark on history through acting as Upstanders motivated by love of others. GAB seeks to inspire communities and cultivate future leaders through a message of love. Becoming an Upstander is an act of love that our world is in great need of. Generations Against Bullying was founded and exists to share a message of love through various programs held in our communities and within our schools.
Our programs include: our Speakers program where guest speakers give inspiring, educational, and impactful presentations, Community Movie Night Events where the community gathers to view a powerful 54-minute movie that GAB has rights to called “Bully” with Anderson Cooper, and our Peer Ambassador Upstander Program which trains, inspires, and motivates students to be Upstanders in their school and community.
All of us contain an extraordinary ability to change the world, and GAB strives to be a platform to tap into the inherent yearnings of love and cooperation through being Upstanders.
Join us on our mission to spread awareness about the bullying and cyberbullying epidemic, educate the community on this crucial issue, and inspire others to become Upstanders in society. Helps us change the culture of learning!
What are the goals of GAB Peer Ambassadors?
Become educated about the bullying and cyberbullying epidemic
Be trained on how to be an Upstander, a peer role model, and how to inspire their peers to be the same
Work towards reducing and preventing bullying and cyberbullying for the next generation
Hold open and impactful discussion about bullying and cyberbulling
Provide a leadership role by participating and contributing their ideas in a peer group setting
Encompass a mentality of “for the students, by the students”
Inspire and recruit others to join the GAB Peer Ambassador Upstander Movement
Attend monthly meetings and GAB events
Create and execute events, projects, and fundraising ideas
Learn to work towards goals resulting in an overall better experience in school
Make a positive and long-lasting impact on your school
Be an Upstander in their school and community, not a bystander
Evoke change and make a difference in their school and community
Empathizes with a younger generation of struggling victims
Give presentations at GAB monthly meetings regarding related topics
What Are The Benefits of Being a Peer Ambassador?
Identity-building, team-building, self-empowerment,
Build self-confidence and self-esteem
Learn how to better problem-solve
Become a better speaker and learn how to put together and execute presentations
Obtain volunteer hours
Put GAB Peer Ambassador Upstander Program credentials on college applications and resume
Be a part of a precedent for the GAB Peer Ambassador Upstander Program that strives to be in every school nationwide
Be a leader, mentor, role model, and empowered individual
Opportunity to be on the GAB Peer Ambassador Upstander Program Board of Directors
Opportunity to be on a GAB Peer Ambassador Upstander Program Committee
Qualify for college scholarships
What Are The Peer Ambassador Qualifications?
Ability to work with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff
Capacity for discretion, diplomacy, and confidentiality
Demonstrate a record of leadership, maturity, and academic excellence
Be open-minded, understanding, empathetic, and be resourceful
Willing to participate in conversation, presentations, projects, events, and tasks
Willing to represent GAB in a positive light and take pride in being a Peer Ambassador in school, at events, and in the community
Maintain a GPA of 2.5
Prior experience as a peer advisor, orientation leader, tutor or participating in student outreach programs is a plus
Ready to Become a peer Ambassador?
Generations Against Bullying just requires you to share the below letter with your parent or legal guardian.
When home, please share this page and the below approval letter with your parent or legal guardian. You can also text or email them the direct page link: gabnow.org/become-a-peer-ambassador
Ask them to review the letter and complete the electronic form approval below and it will be sent directly to the Executive Director of Generations Against Bullying.
Prefer the old fashioned way? You can open and print the approval letter here
STUDENT PEER AMBASSADOR UPSTANDER PROGRAM APPLICATION AND PARENT APPROVAL
1: Letter to Parents (Read Me)
You must be so proud!
Your child has made a wonderful choice to join the GAB Peer Ambassador Upstander Program.
What does that mean?
Being a GAB Peer Ambassador not only means that your child has something very credible to put on his or her college applications but, they have chosen to become a leader, role model, and an upstander in their school and community.
What’s an Upstander?
An Upstander is somebody who recognizes a bullying or cyberbullying problem and interjects the situation in a positive, effective, and non-threatening way. YOUR child will contribute to the change that needs to be made to help solve this increasing and devastating bullying epidemic. Your child will be provided with the necessary training tools and skills needed to successfully be a Peer Ambassador. He or she will act as a leader, resource, mentor, and inspiration to their peers.
Being a GAB Upstander Peer Ambassador will be a positive life-changing opportunity for your child during their high school experience. We are extremely happy to have your child join us on our mission to develop and execute the best anti-bullying program there is to implement into every school nationwide.
Join us as we change the culture of learning in our schools and to create a healthy, positive, and comfortable environment for our students.
Please feel free to visit GABNOW.org to learn additional information about Generations Against Bullying, and go to the top of this page for more on the GAB Peer Ambassador Program, the benefits of being an Upstander Peer Ambassador, Qualifications to being an Upstander Peer Ambassador, and what an Upstander Peer Ambassador does.
It’s important for parents to be involved in their child’s life and school. Therefore, as a parent/guardian of a GAB Upstander Peer Ambassador, we at the GAB team would greatly appreciate if you review the Upstander Peer Ambassador Program and submit your approval below. We want you as a GAB Upstander Peer Ambassador parent/guardian to understand who GAB is, what GAB does, and what your child does as an Upstander Peer Ambassador.
For more information, please feel free to visit GABNOW.ORG or reach out to us.
Sahara DeVore 414-315-4034
Jim Dean 920-410-3039
2: Parent Agreement (Read Me)
I have reviewed the GAB Peer Ambassador Upstander Program. I understand and support Generations Against Bullying and the GAB Peer Ambassador Upstander Program. With the submission of the GAB Peer Ambassador Upstander Program Application, I agree to and approve of my child being a GAB Peer Ambassador and to make a positive impact at school and in the community.
3: Application Instructions and Options
Prefer the old fashioned way? Please click here: Parent Letter and Approval Form to open, print, sign and follow the mail or delivery options included.