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Pink-and-YellowAt Operation Respect we believe that all young people deserve, and have the right, to learn in a safe, respectful and caring community. For those of you who have already begun work to create such an environment, the Don’t Laugh at Me curriculum can add extra passion and new dimensions to that effort. For those of you who are unsure of where to start, but who know that such a community of learning is what you seek, Don’t Laugh at Me is the perfect way to begin. Get started here.

Inspired by the human rights legacy of our founder, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, we believe in the development of the whole child and that we must teach children the social-emotional skills they need to succeed in school and in life. We believe that each child, in each of our communities around the world deserves to live in a safe, respectful, compassionate community, free of bullying, hatred and violence. Get inspired here.

We now know that schools and districts which commit to establishing a respectful, safe and compassionate learning environment in part by teaching these skills experience improvements in academic achievement, student attendance and staff retention, while simultaneously reducing bullying, violence and other behavioral issues. Further, we know that those who demonstrate strong social-emotional skills and attitudes are more likely to graduate from college, earn more over their lifetime, and have better health and relationship outcomes than those who do not. Get informed here.

Yes, we offer curriculum, music, inspiration and research to help you create a safer, more respectful, bully free environment, but sometimes you want and need some folks who have been doing this work in a variety of settings to support and strengthen your efforts along the way. We can do that. We look forward to being part of your planning process, supporting you through implementation, and helping you develop the leadership and teaching tools you need to make a difference in your setting. Get help here.