Why SAVE?

RESEARCH SHOWS SAVE CHAPTERS IMPROVE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS


Evidence is building that SAVE is an effective program. Research conducted with SAVE chapters and advisors revealed that incidents of violence decreased in many schools, and the number of weapons brought into schools has been reduced as well. The beliefs and attitudes of students towards violence show positive improvement. Knowledge and skills of handling conflicts without violence were gained, and youth become better informed of ways to not only be safe, but also to make their schools and communities safer. As reported by the Evaluation Training Institute in Los Angeles, California, students who participate in SAVE demonstrate increased self-esteem and confidence, conflict resolution, presentation/public speaking, and knowledge about different violence prevention strategies. Advisors report that they successfully involve students in organizing and implementing community activities, meeting weekly as a club, and making people aware of the program. Principals believe that students who participate in the SAVE program play an important role in creating a safe campus and community by practicing nonviolence, possessing positive attitudes, and being good role-models.

A recent qualitative evaluation on SAVE‘s positive influences on the students and the school environment was conducted utilizing the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health Index (SHI), which is an on-line interactive assessment tool that school team members completed in order to identify a safety or violence prevention area for improvement. SAVE chapter members successfully developed and implemented programs to improve these identified areas. Success was determined through student-written success stories, a tool designed to show a program’s progress over time as well as its value and impact. These Success Stories reflected the efforts of SAVE students working to improve school connectedness, build respect, and establish a safer physical environment, as well as decreasing harassment and bullying at their schools.