“The bullying stopped when we started this class.”

“I didn’t know violence wasn’t normal.”

APJN has provided bullying and violence prevention, conflict management, and peer mediation trainings since the mid-1990s. We also collaborated with the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management to provide bullying prevention and conflict management trainings across Ohio and into Pennsylvania. APJN started the first Comprehensive Conflict Management Program (CCMP) in Ohio at Amesville Elementary in Athens County and then started CCMPs at West and Chauncey Elementary Schools also in Athens County. From 2012 to 2016, APJN administered a $300,000 state grant to run the Sexual Assault Prevention Program previously housed at Tri-County Mental Health. Today, APJN offers a wide array of programming to schools, community groups, university classes, and events on a variety of topics, all aiming to equip participants with the skills to have healthy, positive relationships to prevent bullying and violence.


To set up free classes or trainings, please contact

Mara Giglio, APJN Director and Trainer,

at apjnnn@gmail.com or 740-448-7515.



Free Bullying & Violence Prevention Classes Thanks to the Athens County Foundation

The Appalachian Peace and Justice Network teaches classes using the award-winning, evidence-based curriculum called Second Step. Second Step is a bullying and violence prevention curriculum that is internationally used, reaching over 10 million students in 70 countries. Second Step teaches social and emotional skills to prevent bullying and violence in schools and communities. It teaches children skills in empathy, problem solving, impulse control, and anger management. It is story-based and includes group discussion, role-plays, interactive games, songs and puppets for younger students, and video vignettes for older children.

Backed by over 30 years of research, the Second Step program has been shown to reduce aggressive behaviors and peer rejection across socioeconomic backgrounds. A Second Step study, which appeared in 2005 in The Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, found that, in schools using Second Step, students were 42% less aggressive, required 41% fewer adult interventions for minor conflicts, and teachers indicated a 78% improvement in student social competence.

Second Step is an evidence-based way to close the achievement gap. You can read the article, “Teaching Self-Regulation Skills to Close the Income-Based Achievement Gap” at http://www.cfchildren.org/wp-content/uploads/mission-vision/priorities/docs/Income-Based_Achievement_Gap_SS.pdf  For more information, please visit Second Step’s website, cfchildren.org.

In 2007, APJN began teaching Second Step, a Bullying and Violence Prevention curriculum, at Amesville Elementary in Athens County, Ohio. APJN’s Director and Trainer, Mara Giglio, has been trained to teach Second Step by its founders in Seattle, WA. Ms. Giglio teaches Second Step to preschool through 10th grade classes and has taught 73 23-week classes at 14 Athens County Schools and after-school programs including Alexander Elementary (one class), Amesville Elementary (35 classes), Athens Community Center (one class), Athens Middle School (one class), Chauncey Elementary (six classes), East Elementary (one class), Federal Hocking Middle and High School (two classes), the Plains Elementary (14 classes), Trimble Elementary (six classes), Trimble Middle School (four individual classes), and West Elementary (six classes).

Nonviolent Communication, NVC (All ages)

Started by Marshall Rosenburg in the 1960s, NVC is a world-wide movement to end violence. Marshall ascertains that people are not naturally violent and only act out in violence when they see no viable non-violent conflict resolution strategy and feel dis-empowered. He created a conflict resolution model that seeks to respect and honor the needs of all parties involved. In this workshop, we both teach and practice the model using real life situations and solutions.

Conflict Management (All ages)

This workshop is designed to teach basic problem solving and communication skills. Participants will learn how to develop an environment where conflicts do not erupt into violence. We facilitate activities that increase positive bank accounts (i.e. feelings) among participants, support and affirm diversity, and establish an overall tone of respect.

Peer Mediation (3rd grade and up)

Participants will learn how to resolve disputes before they require serious discipline. Students participate in creating solutions to their own problems, learn how to preserve or improve relationships, and learn life-long communication and negotiation skills.

Peer Mediation Programs:

This program aims to teach a select group of students advanced intervention and problem solving strategies. The goal is to change the school culture – mediators are looked up to as role models. This program empowers students to be responsible for their school’s or organization’s climate and prepares them for possible roles as a middle and high school mediator or as an adult mediator. Peer mediation training is typically two full days of instruction and practice.

Training for the Whole School:

  • Summer planning retreat coordination to assess your group’s needs and design a program that will work best for your students, teachers, and staff
  • Conflict management committee coordination to implement the summer retreat plan
  • Newsletters on monthly conflict management themes, ideas on how to infuse monthly themes into academics, and resource tie-ins
  • Conflict management Words of the Week (WOW) and WOW bulletin boards
  • Resources to infuse conflict management lessons into language arts, social studies, and health curricula
  • Whole-School Morning Meetings to build community and trust, helping students succeed in academics

Training for Students:

  • Second Step, a Bullying and Violence Prevention Curriculum (cfchildren.org)
  • Peer Mediation Training – 3rd grade and up
  • Mix It Up Day Coordination
  • Conflict management lessons modeled in classes
  • Conflict management resources
  • Peace Bench(es) for students to work through conflicts

Training for Teachers:

  • In services on bullying and violence prevention, conflict management, nonviolent communication, and whole-school coordination of conflict management programs
  • Model conflict management infusion into language arts, social studies, and health lessons
  • Resources on conflict management curriculum and pedagogy

Training for Administrators:

  • Conflict Management for the Workplace

Training for Bus Drivers:

  • De-escalating Conflicts on the Bus


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