Teen COOL Program

Its not Cool to be Violent to anyone!

There are many children and young people as you read being beaten, murdered, emotionally abused, raped, bullyed, either in the home or at school. Even for those who may have supportive parents and good school support, there are many who may not be able to share their hurt for fear of no one understanding or fear retaliation from their abuser. Then there are those we know who are born into hard family dynamics which they have no control over. It is our responsibility as a agency, as a community and a nation to nurture, love, protect and guide them in the right direction. Those children will grow up and the question will be which road of life will they choose to follow. What one child chooses to do rather good or bad, effects all of us directly or indirectly.

The troubles of today's teens: drugs, drinking, dropping out, pregnancy, gangs, violence in the schools violence in the home, dating violence, computer crimes, sexually transmitted diseases, poverty, racism, illiteracy and the social pressures of just fitting in. As adults, we face the same issues, so we have to imagine what young people must go through emotionally, psychologically and physically on a daily basis. CIES has organized programs that help target some of those issues that they face, with the knowledge that their actions not only effect them directly, but effect the community as a whole.

Our programs are divided into three Evidence Based Components: Anger Management, Dating Violence and Teen bullying. We use all five topics in group settings and cover the classes now over a 15 to 24 week period. Client's can be court ordered, referred or attend voluntarily. The grade levels are from 6th grade to 12th grade.

Topics are combined to include the following topics:

  • Teen Bullying
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Teen Anger Management
  • Respecting your parents
  • Teen Gang Prevention

Fees

$35.00 Intake/One time assessment Fee

$15.00 per session

20 Weeks Total

Hours and Days
Thursday afternoon from 5:00pm to 5:45pm
Saturday morning 10:00am to 10:45am

Winston Salem
1225 East 5th Street,
Winston Salem, NC 27101

Teen Bullying

We all know that in a “dog e dog” world, the biggest dog with the loudest bark usually ends up on top. We see this more clearly than ever in the school environment, through what is known as “bullying”. The media, increase teen suicides, an increase in cyber bullying and countless PSA’s and anti-bullying campaigns make us painfully aware of this reality.

But what is bullying?

Are we as a society guilty of often labeling conflict between peers as “bullying”, and what separates bullying from conflict? Piedmont Support Services plans to offer an evidence based program, including interaction activities which promote self-esteem and responsibility. Bullying can be prevented, especially when the power of a community is brought together. Community-wide strategies can help identify and support children who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors in peer groups, schools, and communities.

Bullying: A Prevention Curriculum for Grades 6-12;The program will be designed for middle and high school students to include the school system and state law policies that applies to bullying. The program will effectively address bullying in a broad way while establishing a climate that is conducive to positive interactions among students. The program will be designed for 10 weeks, with continued support as needed. Our program will cover the following topics:

The four types of bullying:

Verbal bullying includes:

  • Teasing
  • Name-calling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Taunting
  • Threatening to cause harm

Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:

  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public

Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:

  • Hitting/kicking/pinching
  • Spitting
  • Tripping/pushing

Cyber bullying

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • MySpace

 

Program Structure

24 Week Program with follow up
Co-ed group setting
45 minutes long
Clients can be voluntary or referred by state, government or private entity.

Fee Schedule
$20.00 Intake Fee
$10.00 Per Session

Locations
Winston Salem

Hours
Assessment appointments are made from:
Mon-Tuesday, Thursday
9:00 am to 3:30pm
Wednesday(Walk in day for all programs)
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Friday
9:00am to 1:00pm

Teen Dating Violence

As teenagers begin dating, some have difficulty differentiating abusive relationships from healthy relationships. They are just beginning to explore intimate relationships, may idealize their partners, and confuse jealousy with love. “We’re just playing,” an expression often used by boys and girls. They seem to define an acceptable level of being physical toward a partner, but it may cover actual physical violence (Fredland et al., 2005; Foshee, Bauman, Linder, Rice & Wilcher, 2007). Teens find it even more difficult to recognize controlling behaviors, jealousy, spreading of rumors, and put-downs as forms of emotional abuse. Aren’t these behaviors “minor”? Could they be signs of love?

Facts About Teen Dating Violence

Healthy, Respectful Relationships

A healthy relationship is based on equality and mutual respect. The power is balanced. While there may be conflict, there is no fear, no threats, and no violence. Each partner feels accepted; has opinions, friends, and interests; and is free to pursue activities outside the relationship.

Unhealthy, Abusive Relationships

An abusive relationship is characterized by hurtful and violent behaviors, intimidation, and coercion. One partner wants to make all the decisions and is demanding and controlling. Threats as well as physical and sexual assaults, even when they occur infrequently, keep the victim fearful of potential violence. Over time the victim loses self-confidence and supportive relationships with friends and family.

 

Piedmont Support Services knows the consequences of teens not knowing the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, most adults alot of times don't even know the difference between the two. Teens can be more at risk especially if they don't have strong representations in their everyday surroundings. Our program is an evidence based curriculum designed to address the issues as we believe it is a learned behavior.

Teen Anger Management

As we know anger is a strong emotion, but how its expressed is most important. Its hard for adults to deal with this emotion in a positive manner so imagine young people trying to manage the emotion. Piedmont Support Services lesson plans provide teens with an opportunity for non-verbal expressions regarding anger, fear, grief and rejection.

While participating in the Teen group exercises, for the first time the youth reflect on their own thoughts as well as comments from others. Through the interactive lessons they come to understand how their uncontrolled anger could possibly ruin their lives. Teen Anger Management lesson plans contain activities such as drawing, role playing, written assignments and games. The teen anger management lessons create an informal and positive environment between the instructor and youth.