The New Mexico Safe Schools Initiative is a statewide collaborative effort to improve bullying prevention policies, programs, and practices in New Mexico's public and charter schools.
Why is this important? Recent data shows that more than 10,000 New Mexico students miss school because of safety concerns, and more than 50,000 incidents of bullying go unreported each year. Lastly, 80% of New Mexico's public and charter school district bullying prevention policies are out of compliance with state and/or federal laws. We owe it to New Mexico students and our future to do better!
Since fall 2014, the Initiative has delivered over 100 bullying prevention workshops to educator and student groups, after school programs, and community organizations throughout the state. The Initiative also works with local school districts to develop and implement bullying prevention policies that are compliant with state and federal laws, and promote restorative practices that help keep students in school.
Recent major accomplishments include the development and implementation of transgender student best practices in Albuquerque and Santa Fe public schools, and the development and implementation of a "Safe Zones" program in Las Cruces Public Schools.
Collaborating partners of the Initiative include Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico, Prevention at Play, New Mexico GSA Network, Solace Crisis Treatment Center, and IMPACT Personal Safety.
Learn more about the Initiative: http://eqnm.org/new-mexico-safe-schools-initiative