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Steps to Respect

Blueprints Program Rating: Promising

A 12-14 week anti-bullying curriculum, plus a grade appropriate literature unit, delivered to third to sixth grade students to reduce bullying and destructive bystander behaviors, increase prosocial beliefs related to bullying, and increase social-emotional skills.

Since Steps to Respect is implemented by teachers in schools during the regular school day, both school budgets and fund raising could be good sources of start-up funds. Federal grants could also be considered.

Allocating State or Local General Funds

State or local education budgets could support the purchase of this program from either curriculum or teacher training line items. In addition, state and local juvenile justice, health and mental health funding should be explored.

Maximizing Federal Funds

Formula Funds: Title I eligible schools could use Title I funding to support implementation of the program. Title II funds have also been used for the program.

Discretionary Grants: Discretionary grant opportunities from the federal Department of Education as well as OJJDP and SAMHSA may also provide funding for Steps to Respect.

Foundation Grants and Public-Private Partnerships

Foundations could be a good source of start-up funding, particularly those with a focus on educational outcomes and youth self-esteem.

Generating New Revenue

A Parent Teacher Association could undertake sponsorship of the start-up of a Steps to Respect program.

All information comes from the responses to a questionnaire submitted by the developer of Steps to Respect, Dr. Brian Smith, to the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Blueprints.