Who We Are

Our Vision:

Healthy and safe communities that celebrate diversity and offer opportunity to all.

 

Our Mission:

To prevent youth violence and provide safe environment in San Francisco  with ample opportunities and supportive relationships through karate and lifeskills training.

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Who we serve:

Our  Primary Prevention  Programs target at-risk youth under 18 who have not yet become involved in violence and underprivileged youth who already display one or more risk factors. These are school-based programs or/and in high-risk neighborhoods of San Francisco (Tenderloin, SOMA and Bayview).

 

Our Values:

Our values of respect, confidence and discipline inspire us to connect with others and create a sense of belonging. They guide every conversation we have, every decision we make, and every interaction we have with other people toward our mission -to build safer and  healthier place for all . We act with respect,  confidence and discipline. People are less likely to be picked on if they walk, sit, and act with awareness, calm, respect, and confidence.

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Respect .  “We have no ethical duty to hold all people in high esteem or admire them, but we are morally obligated to treat everyone with respect, regardless of who they are and what they have done” M. Josephson.  Every child is good and worthy of being treated well, and they should treat others the same way . No one deserves to be mistreated. Violence can really lower self-esteem and by showing these children that if they want others to respect them, they first must learn to respect themselves. We teach to respect our parents, teachers, and elders, school rules and traffic laws, family and cultural traditions, other people’s feelings and rights, our country’s flag and leaders, the truth and people’s differing opinions.

 

Confidence. Violent people usually have low self confidence and they pick on  weaker to make them feel better about themselves. Or, they have too much self-confidence so they don’t know why what they are doing is wrong. Building up confidence to these children, they won’t need to resort to violence for attention or approval. Most victims of violence are with low confidence and easy target.  We can also stop violence by developing children’s confidence  and ensure that they are not perceived as easy targets

 

Discipline. We improve students’   “discipline” and that comes from the same root as the word “disciple” and means “to teach.”  We teach students to act in accordance with rules, and improve their physical  power and self-control. Using the principles of good teaching  we  succeed in helping young people change their aggressive behavior   by providing  children with a  discipline that helps them learn which types of behavior are acceptable and which are not. In other way, we teach victims of violence the discipline to manage their own behavior in such a way that it does not in any provoke or trigger a violence. Every child in our club is going though process of  a) awareness-raising; b) selfreflection; and c) commitment to new behaviors.

 

 

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