UPstander Experience in the Tolerance Center: Program Overview

Group size:  Maximum 40 students

Visit Length:  4 hours (including lunch)

Cost:
Up to 24 youth = $400
Up to 30 youth = $500
Up to 35 youth = $575
Up to 40 (maximum) = $650

Note: There is no charge for educators or adult chaperones. With advance notice and availability in the schedule, trips may be rescheduled. No refunds.

Post-Visit Resources:
Kidsbridge provides a curriculum area for teachers. Please bring your phone to photograph lesson plans, information for parents and care-givers, and other resources to reinforce the content presented during your visit and extend the learning opportunities.

Typical Schedule

Morning:  Icebreaker/greeting, students break into small group for activities/station rotations (described below)

Lunch: Half-hour break

Grades 2-5, Afternoon:  PUPPET SKITS. Students will practice and perform conflict resolution skits with their puppet skits. Skit topics are selected by teachers based on your priorities. This activity includes a media literacy discussion about laugh tracks on television. While watching the puppet shows, students practice not laughing when puppets call others names or are mean in other ways.

Grades 5-6, Afternoon:  ACTION PLANS. Students will have a group discussion about making a difference, including identifying different courses of action. Students will identify problems in their schools or communities and break into small groups to discuss how best to address them. Following, groups present to everyone and worksheets are taken back to school for further development.

Morning Sessions/Station Rotations

Students will participate in 5 small group sessions before lunch. The following 4 sessions are the foundation for the objectives of the Kidsbridge curriculum. Teachers select the fifth session from the “Additional Sessions” list and designate it on the booking form.

The following sessions are available for all grades. Activities and discussions are adjusted based on the developmental age of the students:

  1. UPstander Skills
    Explore the barriers to UPstander behavior. (game)
    Expand your toolbox of UPstander strategies.
    Practice through role-play. (A fun way to gain confidence)
    Note: Role-play scenarios can be tailored to the specific needs of your students.
  2. Gender
    Question stereotypes by playing the Gender Game.
    Assess school climate (includes a discussion of teasing and UPstander opportunities).
    Media Influences – Detect gender messages on cereal boxes, toys, advertisements.
  3. Managing Feelings
    Practice self-compassion, stress reduction and self-control through movement and mindfulness. These techniques can be used at anytime or anyplace.
  4. Mindfulness — Learning to better handle feelings and reduce stress in challenging situations though breathing and movement.
  5. UPstander Skills — Exploring empathy &empowerment and learning practical actionable strategies for dealing with bullying and cyberbullying.
  6. Media & Cyberbullying — Analyzing memes and media to encourage thoughtful safe and kind behavior online.
  7. Diversity Appreciation — Sharpening critical thinking skills relating to bias awareness and stereotypes to inspire respect.
  8. Strengths & Teamwork — Discovering strengths for personal empowerment and valuing others’strengths and challenges.
  9. Puppets (for grades 2 – 5) — Each child creates a stick puppet for use in the afternoon activity. Puppets are returned to class, and can be used to reinforce UPstander concepts learned during the visit to the Tolerance Center.

Additional Sessions (choose one and designate it on the booking form)

  • Respect & Equality
    Use our Kidsbridge friends (large puppets) to practice respect for all people.
    Notice assumptions or bias based on ability, disability or family circumstances.
    Note: This activity can be tailored to the specific needs of your students.
  • K.A.R.T
    Choose adults and peers to create a Kidsbridge Action Response Team.
    Consider the importance of developing a network of support.
    Practice asking for help in advance.
  • The Terrible Things
    Younger students learn how working together as UPstanders can bring positive results.
    The classic book The Terrible Things by Eve Bunting is used interactively for this activity.
  • Religious Diversity
    Older students explore commonalities among the world’s different faiths and wisdom traditions.
    This activity highlights the universality of the Golden Rule.
  • Personal Strengths
    Explore examples of real life “kid heroes.”
    Identify your own personal strength(s).
    Pool strengths with others to pro-socially solve a problem.

Kidsbridge will teach you how to be an UPstander!