Trusted Adult Campaign Posted on October 9, 2015 by Sources of Strength Media In your Peer Leader Training, you named adults in your community who you would go to for help if you or a friend were struggling. Be sure to deliver your Thank You cards to them and tell them that you appreciate them. Now your challenge is to involve the rest of your school. We want you to get at least 80% of students in your school to name their Trusted Adults and to display these names in a large, visual Wall of Trust. Here are some ideas to help you get started. As you are planning this campaign, think about what you want your final Wall of Trust display to look like. A tree, a pyramid, a mural, circles, rainbow, photos + names, . Once you pick an idea, get crafty and make your cards, bricks, leafs, triangles, circles, etc. Make sure you have enough cards for at least 80% of students to write at least one name each. Here are some examples from other Peer Leader teams. Also think about where the Wall of Trust will be displayed. Work with your Adult Advisors to find a large area in a prominent location so everyone can see it. Then work with your Peer Leader team to decide how you will gather the names. Here are some ideas for talking to other students about Trusted Adults and collecting names from them: Cafeteria Contacts: A team of Peer Leaders can set up a table in the cafeteria or commons and hand out ‘trusted adult cards or ‘Post-Its’, asking students to write down their own name and the name of an adult they could go to about a problem (Trusted Adult). Give them a card to fill out with their name and their Trusted Adult’s name that you can add to a wall display. Have students place these cards or ‘Post-Its’ on a poster in the lunchroom. These cards or ‘Post-Its’ can then be transferred to a hallway mural or larger display for the whole school. Also give them a postcard, which they can give to their trusted adult that says, “Thank you for being a source of strength in my life.” On the back of the postcard they can write some personal words of thanks to their Trusted Adult. ‘Tagging’ Students: A fun way that you as Peer Leaders can get other students talking about trusted adults is to go into the hallways and tag 5-10 of your friends by putting a sticker on them. You can make stickers or use Sources of Strength stickers. Tell them “You’ve been tagged – Sources of Strength” or “ You’ve been chosen – Sources of Strength” – and then give them directions to go to a specific location (room 101, the table set up in the commons, etc.) for a mystery prize or mystery game. When the student arrives in the room, they are meet by Adult Advisors and Peer Leaders, given a prize (bottle of water, cookie, wristband, etc…) or engaged in a quick fun activity or game, and asked to name a trusted adult. Once the student writes this name down on a card, ‘Post-It,’ paper leaf, paper brick, etc… they will then be given a sticker to go out and tag 1 or 2 of their own friends in the school. Be sure to also give them a Thank You postcard to share with their Trusted Adult. Classroom Presentation: As Peer Leaders you can plan a classroom presentation, in which you talk about Sources of Strength, share stories of your mentors/trusted adults, and then pass out cards and have the students fill out who their mentors/trusted adults are. Go around the room and have the whole class share the names of their trusted adults out loud. You can also write all the names on the whiteboard. Collect the cards to be used in your hallway display and be sure to give every student a Thank You postcard to give to their mentors/trusted adults as well. Once you have collected all the names, build your Wall of Trust in a prominent location in the school. Take a photo of it and share on your team’s social media account and #sourcesofstrength. As you are collecting names and handing out postcards, you can also encourage students to take a photo with their Trusted Adult and post it on social media tagging #sourcesofstrength and #trustedadult. In addition to creating the Wall of Trust, you can also promote the campaign and spread the word about Sources of Strength and Trusted Adults through other outlets in your community. Video Project: Create a brief video where several Peer Leaders name different trusted adults both in the school and out of the school and give short stories about how they have been a strength in their lives. This video can be shown in the school or sent out via social media. Social Media: Create a Trusted Adult social media campaign. Start with your peer leader team. Have each Peer Leader post a photo with their Trusted Adult, explain why they are a source of strength in their life and #sourcesofstrength and #trustedadult. Encourage the whole school to post their own photos and stories. Newspaper Stories: Write about your trusted adults and how they have been a strength for you in the school newspaper or community paper. This can help promote the school-wide activities your peer leader team is doing to collect names from other students. School Announcements: Peer Leaders can also plan for a school announcement series of trusted adults stories – “this is Thank Your Mentor-Trusted Adult week and over the course of the week we will be sharing stories of Mentors/Adults who have been a strength for us and made a positive impact in our lives” – and then have three to four Peer Leaders talk about their trusted adults over the announcements every morning. Be creative. Have fun. Involve the whole school. Let us know how it goes by sharing on social media or emailing Cody@sourcesofstrength.org.