CSC Logo
Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

A Public Health Approach Demonstrates Positive Outcomes Related to Bullying Prevention

A new report released by the Center for Safe Schools examines the impact of Highmark Foundation funded bullying prevention initiatives. For more than ten years, the Highmark Foundation has worked with community partners to expand and enhance Pennsylvania’s bullying prevention programs, creating the largest and most comprehensive effort to be implemented and studied to date. This work is viewed as a national model for creating changes in school culture.
Press Release | Report


State Capitol “Lights Up” for National Lights On Afterschool Celebrations

PSAYDN announced today that nearly 200 programs across the state will sponsor Lights On Afterschool events on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Leaders in Pennsylvania will call for expanding afterschool opportunities so that every child who needs a program has access to one. In addition, the Pennsylvania Capitol will be lit in yellow as a celebration gesture for the event and in coordination with the iconic Empire State Building, which will be lighting up the New York City skyline in support of Lights On Afterschool. Read More


CSIU Announces Center for Schools and Communities Director

Camp Hill, Pa. — The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit is pleased to announce the appointment of Shileste Overton Morris as director of the Center for Schools and Communities. A longtime leader of the Center’s youth development programs, Overton Morris was appointed by the CSIU board in July. Read More


Unique Trainings Offered in Harrisburg Area and On-Site

The Center for Schools and Communities is pleased to announce two new training courses for educators and helping professionals. Each six-hour course is eligible for Act 48 and/or NASW credit.


Cultivating Empathy for Healthy Relationships and Collaborative Classrooms will offer several practical and engaging activities and discussions to have with your students to help develop empathy and perspective-taking and cultivate an atmosphere characterized by kindness, respect and collaboration.


Mindset, Grit and Optimism: Promoting Skills that Lead to Academic Tenacity will offer relatively simple educational and psychological interventions that target students' beliefs about their intelligence and abilities, their habits of self-control and their reactions to everyday setbacks to help transform their experiences and achievements in school and in life.


Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Toolkit

The Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Toolkit was developed by the Center for Safe Schools with funding from the Highmark Foundation. It provides information about the issue of bullying and the role of adults and professionals in supporting children who are affected by it. This toolkit was developed with input from an interdisciplinary group of stakeholders. It is part of a multi-tiered strategy to promote coordination of bullying prevention efforts across the state of Pennsylvania and to encourage local communities to develop effective, collaborative approaches to bullying prevention and intervention. Click here to download the Toolkit.


Strengthening Families Toolkit for Educators

Strengthening Families is an approach to working with families to prevent child abuse and neglect that builds upon family strengths, rather than focusing on deficits. It is not a curriculum or a program, but instead offers a framework of five research-based Protective Factors that give parents what they need to parent effectively, even under stress. Click here to access the Toolkit.


Bullying and Suicide: What Educators Need to Know

Recorded Presentation

Presenters Dr. Sue Limber and Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr, experts in bullying and crisis prevention/response, address issues of adolescent suicide and bullying experiences. This session was recorded live and hosted by the Center for Safe Schools with funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Highmark Foundation.

For more information and to view the session, click here.


Engaging Youth in Career Programming
During Out-of-School Time

Lessons for Program Design from a Study of Experienced Out-of-School Time Programs

This detailed study of 26 out-of-school time programs in Pennsylvania includes a review of challenges, creative solutions and best practices for career exploration and interest assessment, job search skills,
supervised work experience, and skills development. Click here to download the program design resource.


Public helath promo highmark 10 year report