“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
~ The Dalai Lama “Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.” ~ Max L Foreman “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Welcome to Find Your Voice Bullying Prevention Education – a non-profit organization.

Our goal is to assist you in finding long term solutions for bullying behaviors and the strife that those behaviors cause. We work collaboratively with schools, out of school care programs, and other youth programs, focusing on all of the parties involved in bullying – those who bully, those who are bullied, and those who watch it happen – giving them the tools to handle bullying incidents effectively and appropriately.

Our Resources page is kept up to date with lots of good information about what bullying is, how to identify and prevent bullying, and how to set up a bullying prevention program. Also, check out our Blog for practical tips and support. Like us on Facebook, and you’ll get regular updates on the latest research and information about bullying prevention!

About Us

Find Your Voice is a non-profit organization that provides bullying prevention and intervention education services to:

  • -Elementary schools
  • -Junior High schools
  • -High schools
  • -Before and After School Care programs
  • -Community youth organizations

Find Your Voice assists administrators, staff and caregivers in their efforts to improve peer relations and to make places where youth congregate safer and more positive places to grow and develop.

Check out our ‘Info Sessions & Workshops’ page for information on the customized sessions that Find Your Voice offers.

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is chronic, negative behavior that has, at its core, the intention to harm and intimidate. The negative long-term effects of bullying include, but are not limited to, reduced success in school, low self-esteem, depression, suicide, eating disorders, substance abuse and school shootings. Those who bully others have an increased tendency to become involved in criminal behavior and substance abuse. And, the negative effects of bullying impact more than just the children who bully and those children who are bullied—standing on the sidelines and watching a friend or acquaintance be bullied leaves children feeling powerless, scared and frustrated.3

Bullying is not ‘kids being kids,’ or a rite of passage. Bullying is a form of abuse, and must be treated as such. It is the responsibility of the adults in children’s lives to help them grow and mature into kind, empathetic, self-confident young adults. Ultimately, being free from bullying is a basic human right.

3. Olweus, Dan, and Susan P. Limber. Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Teacher Guide. Center City: Hazelden, 2007. Print.

Info Sessions and Workshops

Utilizing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), facilitated by Karen Kondor, B.Ed., Find Your Voice assists administrators, staff and caregivers in their efforts to improve peer relations and make places where youth congregate safer and more positive places to grow and develop. 1
OBPP is a systems-wide, evidence-based program that has shown striking reductions in bullying incidents in schools where OBPP is fully implemented. OBPP is not a curriculum; it is a program that deals with bullying at the school-wide, classroom, individual and community levels. 2


Karen Kondor, B.Ed., Workshop Instructor

1. Olweus, Dan, and Susan P. Limber. Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Teacher Guide. Center City: Hazelden, 2007. Print.
2. Olweus, Dan, and Susan P. Limber. Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, Teacher Guide. Center City: Hazelden, 2007. Print.

Bullying Prevention Information Session – This hour-long session provides a high-level overview of the issue of bullying. The intended audience for this session is school/OSC staff and/or parents, however, it can be customized to include students from grade 4 onward.

Cyber Bullying Information Session – This session looks specifically at the topic of cyber bullying, and is one hour in length. The intended audience for this session is school/OSC staff and/or parents, however, it can also be customized to include students from grade 4 onward.

Cyber Bullying Workshop – This 3-hour workshop looks specifically at the topic of Cyber Bullying. The intended audience for this workshop is school/OSC staff and/or parents. Bonus: staff leave the workshop with 5 lessons that can be used in their classrooms or Out of School Care Centres.

PD Day Workshop Find Your Voice works with your school to facilitate a workshop at your next school PD Day. The workshop is customized to the particular needs of your school, and pressing questions from your staff community.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) WorkshopFind Your Voice works with you to set up a Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee that is comprised of a cross-section of representatives from your school or OSC. Facilitated by Find Your Voice, the Committee takes part in a 2-day workshop that guides them through the implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in your school or OSC.

All Information Sessions and Workshops are facilitated by Karen Kondor, B.Ed. Contact Find Your Voice to book your customized session!

Resources for School/Facility Administrators

Program Overview Click Here – for an overview of the goals of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP). Also, hover your mouse cursor over the ‘Olweus Bullying Prevention Program’ title on the left hand side of the olweus.org page, and you’ll find links to information about Program Materials, Benefits for Schools, and Research & History.

Bullying Prevention Click Here – Again on the olweus.org page, you’ll find three tabs on the top. Click on the ‘Administrators’ tab for information about creating safe schools, steps to take to prevent bullying and choosing a bullying prevention program, more information about training your staff on the Olweus program, and a suggested training timeline. Click on the ‘Teachers & Staff’ tab to get information on creating safe classrooms, as well as classroom-specific information on the same themes from the ‘Administrators’ tab.

Resources for Teachers/Facility Staff

Bullying Prevention Click Here – After being redirected to the olweus.org site, click on the ‘Teachers’ tab for information on creating safe classrooms, steps to take to prevent bullying, and more about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) training.

Resources for Parents

Bullying Prevention Click Here – to be redirected to the olweus.org site. Once there, click on the ‘Parents’ tab for information on how to recognize bullying, how bullying affects children, helping your child with bullying, and how to advocate for the training and implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) at your child’s school.

Cyber Bullying Resources

Cyber Bullying Click Here – for more information on this new facet to the age old problem of bullying. Find Your Voice also offers a three-hour training program that focuses solely on the issue of Cyber Bullying. Click Here for information on the Cyber Bullying program for Grades 3 – 5, and Click Here for information on the Cyber Bullying program for Grades 6 – 12.

Grant Funding

Many organizations offer various levels of grant funding for schools, after school care centres, and youth organizations to host bullying prevention workshops and programs. A few are listed here, but you can contact Find Your Voice for a complete and current list – email us at karen@findyourvoiceconsulting.com.

The Mike Weir Foundation
State Farm Community Grants
The Evan Grykuliak Society
RBC After School Grants

Testimonials

“Karen [Kondor] is a confident speaker and presenter…organized and resourceful…passionate about the impact [of] the Olweus program…”

M. Winter, Principal, Edmonton Public Schools

 

“Karen [Kondor brings] tremendous insight and passion to the topic of bullying, both from a professional and personal perspective.”

S.Melney, M.Ed., Consultant, Guidance & Counseling, Edmonton Public Schools

 

“Thank you for the work you are doing in this area. You have the expertise, and you are so articulate when you speak. Blessings to you.”

Dr. K Neufeld, M.Ed., DMin.

 

Get in Touch With Us

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, or you would like more information, please contact us below, or by email at karen@findyourvoiceconsulting.com





Karen Kondor, B.Ed.
PO Box 67317
Hawkstone RPO
Edmonton, AB, Canada,
T6M 0J5

Phone: 780-722-9063
Fax: 780-665-7368