Right from our initial contact, we will assess your particular situation and through phone calls / e-mails start juggling formulas that will fit your needs, specific situation and budget.
Creating a Positive School Climate (or reinforcing one that already exists) takes a solid game plan. Various formulas are possible, but we strongly suggest to aim SAFE in SCHOOLS sessions from the beginning at two opposite poles of the spectrum of your school population; the learning, attention, motivation and/or behaviour challenged students on one hand and the leadership students on the other hand.
All SAFE in SCHOOLS Player/Facilitators are specialized in working with youth with special needs. We also have an extensive experience in developing leadership programs. If there is not a leadership program yet in your school, we will help you create one around the SAFE AREA playshops that will also be efficient in organizing other school projects. If there already is, we need the “thumbs up” of the teachers or supporting staff who run your school’s leadership program and will integrate SAFE AREA playshops into it. Our programs can stand on their own or can be used complementary to any other program.
SAFE in SCHOOLS aims at "the Revival of the Streetgames" during the recess periods, before and after school, at home, anywhere, etc., like hoola hoop, skipping, figure jumps over an elastic cord, etc., including some of the free-style sports, like fancy football (soccer) skills and Harlem Globetrotter B-ball skills and add a variety of social circus skills to all that, like juggling, diabolo, flower sticks, etc. All skills that can be practised individually and (almost) anywhere.
Please visit the Revival of the Streetgames page. We believe this program is able to inspire all students to regularly practise one or more Street Arts, even when they are on their own (with i-screens within reach). You will find our SAFE player/facilitators' job description on that page too.
Elements from our SAFE approach in high schools (like Project-Based Learning) can be added to the SAFE program in your elementary school. With the leadership groups we use the same SAFE AREA Manual as we use in high schools, but always adapted and presented according to the specific age groups.
We start with mapping out the various Street Arts popular among the students, that could be practised within the school facilities. Besides the ones we already offer (see Elementary Schools), it could be any of the many dance styles, instrumental music or singing/songwriting (folk, rap, etc.), writing (journal, poetry, etc.), illustrating (drawing, painting, grafitti, etc.) and more. SAFE in SCHOOLS is very aware of the alarming research around the general lack of physical activity in modern day youth cultures and always inspire those students who enjoy the physically passive forms of arts to make sure they also "get their cardio in". We often see students who practise various Street Arts.
We train the already experienced students in any of these forms of Street Art to become Player/Facilitators. Another possibility is to train all students of the special needs or of leadership programs to become Player/Facilitators in a variety of Street Arts. Students don't necessarily need lots of experience in a Street Art. Many of them pick up various skills fast (including the learning, attention, motivation and behaviour challenged students), because of the way SAFE in SCHOOLS sessions are organized. Everybody starts and develops skills without fear of failure and without negative peer pressure, through using the SAFE Method.
It is possible to use the same computer program as we use in elementary schools (see Streetgames Revival). SAFE in SCHOOLS offers various other projects that will greatly benefit the overall school program (see Leadership Programs).
Depending on number of students, available staff, schedules and budgets, we start with the special needs students and/or a leadership class. Usually both groups eventually mix up and then split in smaller groups. During the first general playshops, everybody chooses one or more favourite Street Arts. Many of the differences in age, gender, background, academic abilities, etc. fade away in SAFE AREA playshops. A Positive Peer Culture gives room to many surprises; older and younger players team up, learning challenged students “learn how to learn”, negative leaders turn into positive ones, introvert students make friends and much more. Often, players surprise others - and themselves - with their incredible skills!
We generally start off the whole project with an inspiring Show & Playshop by at least two SAFE Player/Facilitators, filled with short motivational speeches. It can be one presentation for a large group of key students or several presentations to sub-groups.
Depending on the formula we find for your particular school, one or two SAFE player/facilitators will come in for a number of Street Arts playshops. They "work themselves out", depending on the progress of the key students in their capacity to run the sessions themselves, guided by their supervisors (teacher, supporting staff or volonteer parents). We gradually delegate almost all responsibilities to the students, regarding the material (setting up before, taking care of during and cleaning up after) and the application of the SAFE AREA Manual.
SAFE in SCHOOLS will always stay in touch with the key students and staff and are available for consultations (telephone, e-mail) and touch-up visits if needed. Furthermore a SAFE network between schools is in the planning.