Just Say Whoa® to Bullying 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.
Amos the Wonder Horse® is the main character of a story that helps teach the core values and is an example of good citizenship. Amos is a real-life volunteer equine officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department. He is known throughout the world for playing basketball with the world famous Harlem Globetrotters who named him an honorary goodwill ambassador for his community service work as a certified therapy horse.
Facilitators can be law enforcement, teachers, guidance counselors or certified equine teams. The program can be taught with or without therapy horses or with a qualified canine.
Just Say Whoa® to Bullying is currently approved by the Pinellas County School Board and is used by the St. Petersburg Police Department. A series of books and other products that help further educate children are planned. The program is now available to other educational and law enforcement institutions, as well as other qualified organizations.
Please call us at (727) 490-8686 for more information or to discuss how you can use this program in your area.