Featured Organization: Quabbin Mediation
Featured Program: Teaching Active Bystanders
Organization Established: 1995
Executive Director: Sharon Tracy
Earlier this week, Sharon Tracy was gracious enough to have me up to her office in Orange, Massachusetts. Sharon and I spoke about all of the programs offered at Quabbin (http://www.quabbinmediation.org/); however, I wanted to feature the TAB program (brochure attached), in particular, on our group site.
Training Active Bystanders, TAB for short, is a program which empowers bystanders to take positive action. While Quabbin has been working with youth in the local school districts for many years, it partnered with Ervin Staub, Ph.D., to create the TAB curriculum, as well as the local police department, after some recent events. What sparked work on this project was an act of violence that shocked the community: a student was beaten to death while several students looked on. Almost at the same time, a study was released that named the North Quabbin region as having exceptionally high rates of violence and other risks factors. It was with these facts that Quabbin set out to curtail these issues of violence.
The TAB curriculum consists of a six-part curriculum which is usually taught to students during health class. From the site:
The TAB training includes:
The curriculum is taught by another trained student (part of the Students Teaching Students Program, also offered by Quabbin (http://www.quabbinmediation.org/html/training.html) and a community member (typically a local police officer).
In an effort to form a solid curriculum, Quabbin evaluated the effectiveness of TAB. From the site and brochure:
Quabbin invites you to read more about the TAB program here:
You can view the full evaluation of the TAB program here: