Violence Prevention

Violence Prevention Through Cooperative Learning

Hawai‘i Friends has developed a unique literacy and cooperative education based violence prevention program, Violence Prevention Through Cooperative Learning.  It is a project for secondary students at risk of dropping out of school and has been provided to hundreds of teenagers and thousands of elementary students in Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i Friends often provides the program as a pilot to Hawai‘i public schools. The curriculum for the program, along with evaluation tools, is provided freely to schools and is available upon request to lorenn@hawaii.edu.

Reading Stories to Change the World is an article describing this innovative program featuring Wai‘anae High School students at risk of dropping out of school.  Another article about the program was published in Reclaiming Children and Youth, a national journal for violence prevention practitioners in 2006.

In 2007 Hawai‘i Friends provided the program in conjunction with a restorative justice and solution-focused pilot project at a middle school in Honolulu that showed increased student attendance and decreased bullying behavior.  The report on this project is available from Lorenn Walker at lorenn@hawaii.edu.

Literacy and Violence Prevention Articles:

Reading Stories to Change the World, Principal Leadership, October 2005 pp. 42- 47.

Violence Prevention Through Cooperative Education, Reclaiming Children and Youth, 15:1, Spring 2006, pp. 32-36.