S.A.F.E. in SCHOOLS
Street Arts For Everybody
the Art & Science of creating a Positive School Climate
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What we do
SAFE in SCHOOLS introduces a new, evidence-based and science-inspired approach to create - or reinforce - a Positive School Climate in schools (elementary or (post) secondary), in community centers or any other youth organization (just translate "school climate" to the "climate" of your community). We initiate Leadership programs, presenting the SAFE Method, with many options for cross-curricular learning projects. Our programs are about creating sustainable school / family / community partnerships, through offering unique ways to involve sponsoring, donating,
What we use
Street Arts can be social circus, music, sports tricks, street games, illustrating, dance and much more.
"Street" stands for developing skills, chosen & organized by youngsters themselves. In our SAFE playshops we create a "streets scene", in such a way that all participants reinforce (or develop) at the beginning of the session their Self-Esteem, Focus and Respect. In elementary schools our main focus is on The Revival of the Streetgames , like skipping, hoola hoop, ball games, etc. plus a blend of social circus skills and freestyle sports tricks. All these activities are known for their great all-round benefits on youth wellness.
How we do it
We train key students in practising their favourite Street Arts using the SAFE AREA Poster and the SAFE AREA Manual, before opening up the playshops to all students of the school (or youth organization). These are often the grade 6-ers in elementary schools, while in high school (or youth center) they can be from any grade (age). These key students can come from a leadership program (if there is none, we'll create one) and/or from students with learning, attention, motivation or behaviour challenges. The project will be documented and shared with the whole school community, including sponsors and donors, through videoclips, school journals and social media.
Who we are
We are a team of athletes / artists with an extensive experience in education and rehabilitation. We start SAFE in SCHOOLS projects with a "hot" performance showcasing various Street Arts and highlighting the key ingredients for creating a Positive Peer Culture in all aspects of the SAFE program. We are Player/Facilitators and team up with teachers, supporting staff and volonteers to co-create the main SAFE program, plus any project the school (or youth organization) chooses from our web site. We always "work our way out" and leave behind a wonderful and sustainable program.
Note: we use the term State of Playing, also known as playing in FLOW or being in The Zone.