JUST SAY WHOA® TO BULLYING

Just Say Whoa® to Bullying is a nationally-recognized bullying prevention program that helps children AND adults to recognize and respect the differences in one another by partnering with therapy animals. Our friend Amos the Wonder Horse and his friends around the world are dedicated to making this world a better place as we WHOA: We Help One Another.

The very foundation of the program is predicated on character education. Teaching bullying prevention is just a piece of this program, which also includes teaching kindness, empathy, compassion, creativity, and integrity.

The “Just Say WHOA to Bullying” program is one of the programs included in our new in 2021 “SOUL K.I.D.S.” program, a partnership with the Barrington Police for children in District 220 promoting Kindness, Inclusion, Diversity and Service (promoting the “SOUL Buddies Animal Therapy Club” that we mentor at Barrington High School.

JUST SAY WHOA® TO BULLYING

Our program takes a unique approach to teaching bullying prevention by helping children to recognize and respect the differences in one another. By understanding that everyone has something valuable to offer, children learn acceptance, tolerance, respect, and understanding of others.

By instilling these core values and encouraging good character, Just Say Whoa®to Bullying builds a foundation of understanding and promotes a positive social environment, which – in turn – fosters kindness and good citizenship.

In addition, this innovative program is the first of its kind to teach bullying prevention using animal-assisted activities with miniature therapy horses. While often used to help teach children with learning disabilities, truancy, and behavioral issues, animal-assisted activities can also used with mainstream children to capture their attention, teach to the moment, and reinforce what they learn. Best of all, it’s been proven that animal-assisted activities provide children with retention of curriculum.

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