The Kids on the Block Program provides school based prevention services which increase public awareness about the problem of child abuse and equips children with the skills to recognize, resist and report such abuse. The program is approved by the Diocese of Covington as a Safe Environment Program.
Dynamic, interactive performances are provided using life size Kids on the Block puppets to educate children about child abuse and neglect. The program includes different programs in which the puppets discuss their “personal stories” regarding both physical and sexual abuse. Following the presentation, the puppeteers are trained to address issues related to child abuse and answer questions from the children via the puppets, so that children can clarify any information and gain additional insight into abuse.
Children are provided with activity booklets that reinforce information provided in the presentations and are given a 24-hour abuse reporting number. An Educator’s Guide is provided to adults who view the program which includes signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect, reporting procedures and suggestions for how to respond to disclosures.
For questions about Kids on the Block performances, please contact Kids on the Block Specialist
New Program on Bullies & School Safety
The Kids on the Block Program on Bullies & School Safety has been developed to educate children about what constitutes bullying, promote sensitivity toward peers, provide specific strategies to make schools a safer place, and help children avoid or cope with bad situations. This program:
- explains/defines what constitutes bullying
- examines various problem solving techniques
- encourages children to talk about their feelings and about unjust situations
- provides intervention strategies to adults and children
- increases awareness and acceptance of human similarities and differences
- encourages children to be secure and confident in their own perceptions of right and wrong and to reject unacceptable bullying behavior in others.
Educators can continue the learning process with activities in our Bullying and School Safety Educator’s Guide.
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Performances are provided using three life size Kids on the Block puppets, Eddy Franklin, Clare Sanchez, and Melody James. The program includes two skits in which the puppets share their personal experiences with bullying. A bullying situation is examined and ways that the child being bullied can address the problem are explored. Ways in which children who witness teasing or bullying behavior can respond to help diffuse the situation are also addressed. Following the presentation, the puppeteers answer questions via the puppets and ask students to share their ideas and suggestions.
“We had the new show “Kids on the Block bullying” at our school this week for grades 2-5, and it was excellent! The children loved the new puppets, the script was very kid-friendly and the bullying topics that were covered encompassed all forms of bullying, showing the children that it can be done by any child, girl or boy and what to do when it happens and who to tell. Bullying is becoming such a problem now, starting early in a child’s school career, and this program was a great tool for us to use to help the children understand what it is, what it looks like and what to do when it happens. I would recommend it for any school. We were very impressed, and will definitely have them back next year! Thanks so much!” – Elementary School Counselor
“I have ALWAYS appreciated the Family Nurturing Center’s program, The Kids on the Block, as they do a great job describing and educating elementary aged students about an important but sad topic: child abuse and neglect. This year I was especially pleased because one of their puppeteers is a professional actor originally from Eastern Europe. Her English is flawless but her accent adds another, welcome dimension to the stories the puppets tell. I had numerous teachers and students mention that they appreciated the fact that someone from another country had come to educate them. It added a layer to the show and strengthened the notion that diversity and tolerance of diversity is essential to finding peace. Thank you for such a great show!” – Elementary School Counselor
The Kids on the Block Program on Bullies and School Safety targets school age children, K through 5th grade. This program is available to a limited number of schools and community groups in the tri-state area for a fee. Request a performance for your school today.
The Kids on the Block Child Abuse Education and Prevention Program targets school age children, K through 5th grade. The program is offered to all Northern Kentucky schools and community groups for free in Boone, Campbell, Grant, and Kenton counties. Performances are available outside of these areas for a fee. Request a performance for your school today.
Age-appropriate storytelling is available for childcare centers in the above service area at no cost.
When Nam arrives at the Open House at school, he sees Stephen and his mother. Nam asks Stephen about a rumor he heard — that Stephen’s mom hits him really hard causing the scars on his arm and face. Nam is surprised by Stephen’s response. Stephen outlines the steps which were taken so he and his family could get help.
Nam has learned a lot about child abuse but is still confused about what abuse is and is not. He interrupts Stephen’s homework session, thinking that his parents are doing “child abuse” to him. Stephen invites Nam over and helps him understand more about child abuse.
This script features puppet characters Joanne Spinoza and Stephen Arthur. Stephen, who has been physically abused, understands Joanne’s confusion and fear when she tells Stephen how she told a trusted adult about her situation and how telling was the best thing she could have done. Major points made in the script include: if you are sexually abused, it is not your fault, your parents will still love you, don’t believe threats, if this has happed to you, you should tell someone about it, and you have a right to say no.
You’re Not the Boss of Me!
Eddy is being harassed by a school bully and is unsure how to resolve the situation. When his friend, Clare insists he talk about it, Eddy lashes out in frustration. With Clare’s help, Eddy learns that problems with a bully are not something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about – nor are bullies a problem which must be dealt with by an individual.
Rescue or Report
Melody is feeling badly that her friend Brenda was teased on her way home from school. She feels guilty that she wasn’t there to stop the situation. When Eddy asks Melody how her presence would have made a difference, she explains that bullies often target kids who appear to be “easy prey”. Melody demonstrates that “getting involved” and helping another person does not necessarily mean confronting the bully.
Safe At School
Melody and her classmate, Eddy Franklin have volunteered to work on a student committee to help develop a school safety plan at Woodburn Elementary. They have enlisted the help of teen mentor, Clare Sanchez, who shows them that bullying and other school crimes can have a negative effect on the entire school population, not only the targets of those crimes. With the audiences help, the kids brainstorm ways to promote safety and reduce crime in their school.
Request a Performance at your School Today!
This program would not be possible without the generous support of the following funders:
Fiscal Courts of Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties
The Charles H. Dater Foundation
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing N.A.
- The Archdiocese of Covington
- The Jack J. Smith, Jr. Charitable Trust, PNC Bank and Karen Wachs, Co-Trustees
- The Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee
- The Sutphin Family Foundation
KIDS ON THE BLOCK OUTCOMES
22 disclosures of abuse were received and reported to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
80% of children completing pre and post test increased in their knowledge of ways to recognize, resist and report child abuse.
100% of teachers surveyed agreed that the performance was helpful to their students.