Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road received two local United Way of the Bluegrass grants totaling $1,650 to train staff and volunteers to present the Green Dot for Kids anti-bullying program in Scott and Woodford counties. In 2012-13, the Council trained 42 staff and volunteers, including 16 volunteers in Scott and Woodford counties. The Council recently received a $10,970 grant from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Social Services to deliver the Green Dot for Kids program in Fayette County in the 2013-14 membership year.
Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road is partnering with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association to pilot the Green Dot for Kids, Girl Scout Edition adapted by Dorothy Edwards in 2012. From her nationally recognized and evidence-based Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program, the Green Dot for Kids, Girl Scout Edition was developed for Girl Scouts ages 5-8 in Kentucky, who will learn to be active role models for healthy relationships and leadership in their troops and their communities. The Green Dot for Kids, Girl Scout Edition focuses on teaching girls to recognize bullying behaviors, identify characteristics of a healthy relationship and develop bystander skills to take a leading role to prevent and stop bullying in their schools and communities.
The Green Dot for Kids, Girl Scout Edition Facilitator Training is effective in improving staff and volunteers’ abilities to teach children how to identify and stop a bully. Staff and volunteers completed a pre-post evaluation to measure skill level and comfort in presenting the Green Dot materials:
- The knowledge of different forms of bulling increased from 54.8% to 100%.
- The knowledge of resources available to assist in creating a bully-free atmosphere increased from 58% to 100%.
- The knowledge of how to explain the bullying concept to young children increased from 70.9% to 100%.
- The knowledge of different ways to tell kids how to react to bullying increased from 77.4% to 100%.
- The comfort in helping children to change their attitude regarding bullying increased from 70.9% to 100%.