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2014: Ambassadors for Respect Makes a Difference in Anti-Bullying

Ambassadors for Respect is a bullying prevention program that teaches children to address and confront bullying at an early age. As many as one third of all school-age children in the U.S. report being bullied. What is more, 60% of young people with a disability nationwide report being bullied regularly.

Ambassadors for Respect, a program of Merrick, Inc. and funded by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, trains 4th grade elementary school students on how to deal with and address bullying. The curriculum is based on one developed by PeaceMaker Minnesota and modified so that both students with and without disabilities can benefit. In addition, many of the developers and presenters of the program, all of whom have a disability, have utilized the skills they developed while working on this program to secure full-time employment.

Merrick, Inc., is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, licensed by the Department of Human Services to provide: Adult Day & Memory Care (ADS), Day Training and Habilitation (DT&H),and Supported Employment (SES).

Merrick, Inc. is dedicated to empowering adults with disabilities through vocational and social opportunities.

The State of Minnesota passed The Safe and Supportive Schools Act in 2014 — a 13-page bill that replaced a 37-word anti-bullying law. This commitment from the State ensures that the Ambassadors will have support to continue.

The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities has produced a handbook for the Ambassadors for Respect Program.

Read: Ambassadors for Respect Handbook


Ambassadors for Respect
Ambassadors for Respect
Ambassadors for Respect