ONE GREEN DOT AT A TIME @ SOMERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
Somerville High School’s Character Education Committee implemented the grant funded Green Dot program. The specific focus of this program is to raise awareness and promote student involvement in the prevention of and intervention with behaviors that negatively impact the school and greater community.
What is a Green Dot?
Green Dot is a bystander intervention program that teaches individuals how to be active bystanders, to react and prevent situations that have the potential for violence and proactively build a culture that does not tolerate violence. Green Dot is built on the premise that in order to reduce the perpetuation of power-based personal violence, including sexual violence, dating violence, or bullying, a cultural shift is necessary. To create this shift, a critical mass of people is needed to engage in new behavior or a set of behaviors that will make violence less sustainable within any given community. The “new behavior” is a green dot. A Green Dot is a single choice in one moment that makes our community safer!