As a student, you are in a unique position to lead and support local efforts to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors among your peers. Increasing opportunities to connect with peers who share your interests and values, helping reduce the stigma of seeking mental health services and promoting programs in your school that help students develop social skills and learn healthy ways to solve problems and resist violence are just a few ways you can help decrease the risk of youth violence.
Kentucky CARES provides students with program ideas and resources to encourage engagement with their peers. These are only a few ideas to help you get started. How will you show that Kentucky CARES?
Resources for Students
Start a School Club or Program
STAMINA (Student Alliance for Mental Health Innovation and Action) is a compassionate network of students on a mission to improve the mental well being of Kentucky youth.
Learn more by visiting the STAMINA KY vision team website.
Random Acts of Kindness Club
The Acts of Random Kindness (ARK) Club strives to make high school a little more pleasant by conducting uplifting campaigns, activities, and projects, because it's the little things in life that make a difference.
Visit the ARK Club website for ideas about how to perform random acts of kindness and start an ARK Club at your school.
Cafés offer a safe space to connect, share and start conversations around building real-life protective factors in homes and communities. The café model can be used in school- and community-based settings with adults or youth. For more information on cafes, please email the Kentucky Strengthening Families office.
No One Eats Alone Day - No One Eats Alone Day teaches students how to make friends at lunch, often the most difficult part of the school day. Created and organized by students, this program has been used in schools in all 50 states and is promoted on social media with the hashtag #NoOneEatsAlone.
The No One Eats Alone website has more information to help activate this program in your school.
Know Your Classmates
Know Your Classmates encourages middle school students to find ways to reach out to peers who may be isolated or lonely. Program activities and strategies are aimed at combatting hateful language, anxiety and fear of differences.
Visit the Know Your Classmates campaign website to learn more about how to build inclusive communities and help students embrace their differences.
Call It Out Day - Call It Out Day is a program designed to create and nurture healthy relationships online. It helps students learn how to spot social isolation in the online environment, how to respond to digital gossip and how to be authentic and true to themselves online.
Visit the Be Kind Online website for more details about Call It Out Day and how to fight online bullying.