With incidents of bullying reaching almost epidemic proportions and, in some cases, ending in tragedy, the Girl Scouts of the New Mexico Trails is launching an innovative, anti-bullying experience for middle school girls.
BFF (Be a Friend First) is designed to work with the aMAZE! Journey, Girl Scouts' highly acclaimed leadership program.
- The aMAZE! Journey gives middle school girls valuable skills to develop healthy relationships, prevent bully behavior, and become peacemakers in their schools and communities.
- In BFF, girls get to explore thorny issues like peer pressure, stereotyping, gossip, and cliques through engaging role-plays, creative writing, games, and discussion exercises. They can also create and lead projects in their schools and communities to tackle bullying issues on their terms and turf!
- BFF easily integrates into existing health or character education classes, or can even serve as an after-school program in the community.
- Healthy relationships are the solution to bully prevention. BFF inspires girls to lead one another—with friendship!
Are you a School or District Administrator? BFF enhances girls' written communication, character development, and service learning skills, among others. See connections to your state's and national curriculum standards. Hear from other school and district administrators who have used the aMAZE! program in their schools.
Are you a parent or girl who wants to bring BFF to your middle school or community? Contact us and let us know that you want BFF!
Stop Bullying: Be a Friend First. Watch the KASA New Mexico Style segment to hear more about GSNMT's BFF program. Tera Wong-Williams, with the Girls Scouts of New Mexico Trails, joins Nikki to talk about how the Be A Friend First program was created to help raise awareness about bullying, and shares her hopes to expand the successful program into area schools.