The Stories of Us Promoting Positive Peer Relationships (P3R) bullying prevention program is composed of a unique series of education resources for supporting students, educators and the broader community in addressing the problem of bullying in schools.
Building upon the unprecedented success of the Australian Stories of Us, the first series of significantly expanded American resources is now available. The project has the support of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), along with a broad base of leading educators from across the country.
The P3R Resources provide extensive curricula, staff and community education materials which center on films developed and produced with students.
The uncommonly realistic films were built from the ground up with groups of American students who collaborated in brainstorming the subject and developing the scripts. They performed all the young roles in the dramatized films, and worked in supporting positions on the film crew. Every word of dialogue is their own, and every detail approved by the students.
The films are compelling as they draw upon the collective experience of the students, holding a mirror to the reality of bullying with such authenticity that some students watching the films are convinced they are real (they don’t realize that the students are ‘acting’).
The resources center on these films, however the key to their effectiveness is how the films are applied. Designed with specialist psychologists, the resources take students through a structured program which has proven to be uncommonly effective in the classroom – a fact supported by evaluation – and the P3R resources have been eagerly embraced by the education community.