Powerfully Promoting Positive Youth Relations in Youth Organizations








I have been diligently delving into the research literature to answer these five questions:

  • How can we better help build young people’s self-confidence & social skills so they are generally not targeted & respond effectively if they are?
  • How can we better help those young people who are bullied or excluded & who are also being hurtful, so they can both gain self-confidence and social skills and also stop engaging in hurtful behavior?
  • How can we better convince those “social climbers” who think disparaging others is a good way to be considered “cool” ~ that this really isn’t “cool”?
  • How can we help those who are hurtful stop, own it & fix it?
  • How can we encourage those young people who witness hurtful situations to step in to help?
  • How can we improve the effectiveness of adult prevention and intervention efforts?

New resources for schools are under development. But at this time, my focus is on youth organizations, especially summer camps.

Proudly Announcing:

Powerfully Promoting Positive Youth Relations in Youth Organizations, featuring the Be a FRIEND! approach to empowering young people.

This initial set of resources for Youth Organizations is focused specifically on summer camps.

  • 50+ page downloadable & reproducible book.
  • Five short videos for professional development of seasoned staff. One additional video for administrators.
  • Video, Slideshow & Handout for camp counselors. Providing the presentation resources allows for flexibility.
  • Be a FRIEND! program, which includes a slideshow, the slides of which can be used for posters or teaching cards and two Activity Guides.
  • Character Strengths Inventory & Accountability Agreement.

Read this short document that outlines the overall approach.

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Information about Other Resources on this Site

Embrace Civility in the Digital Age promotes a 21st Century approach to address bullying and youth risk in the digital age.  This approach promotes positive norms, increases effective skills and resiliency, and encourages young people to be helpful allies who positively intervene when they witness peers being hurt or at risk.

Positive Relations @ School (& Elsewhere)

Legal Ramifications & Positive Strategies to Address Bullying & Harassment

Positive Relations @ School (& Elsewhere) is my new book that provides guidance to schools on how to reduce bullying and harassment and limit its harmful effects in a manner that will both effectively address the well-being of students and assist schools from avoiding litigation and civil rights enforcement actions.

I have spent the last 3-4 years focusing on a significant concern: What schools are doing to reduce bullying is not working. The national data shows that the rate of bullying has not declined for a decade. The problem is that the approach schools have been advised or required to use will not work. This report outlines the challenges and positive strategies to move forward.

New Report: Bullying Prevention: Time to Rethink & Redirect

Positive Relations @ School (& Elsewhere) Professional Development Resources

Embrace Civility in the Digital Age is developing a “flipped classroom” approach for professional development. Key issues are addressed in short segments. Each segment has a 4-6 page document and a short video.

Professional Development Resources will be released later 2015. 


This resource is being updated.

Expert Services

Nancy Willard is available for workshops and can also provide webinars for professional development. Nancy also provides legal research, mediation, and settlement assistance to attorneys working for school districts or student plaintiffs.


Nancy’s resources to address digital safety are found here. This work has been “back-benched” while Nancy has been working on new resources to promote positive relations.

Informational Documents

Over the years, Nancy Willard has written numerous reports and articles. You can find these resources on this page.


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