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Green Dot: Everyone Has To Do Something

The Green Dot Strategy is a comprehensive approach to end violence that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influences across all levels of the socio-ecological model. Informed by social change theory, the model targets all community members as potential bystanders, and seeks to engage them, through awareness, education, and skills-practice, in proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm, as well as reactive interventions in high risk situations. In order to ensure that Idaho State University does its part in protecting it's students, the Gender Resource Center, faculty, staff, students, and departments have joined efforts to fully implement the Green Dot Strategy on campus. Our implementation effort includes student outreach, trainings, and overview speeches to promote our cause towards the Idaho State University student base.

Green Dot Overview Speech: An overview speech is a brief introduction that discusses the basic elements of Green Dot while using persuasive and inspirational language to engage participants into immediate action. The basic elements of this speech are used to introduce members of any given community to Green Dot, generate community-wide buy-in, and begin the process of behavioral change.

Green Dot Bystander Training: The Green Dot Training is an interactive workshop designed to equip participants with the necessary connection, knowledge and skill to increase their proactive and reactive bystander behaviors. The training is 6 hours and can be broken into separate sessions.

For more information contact: Stephanie Richardson by email at or call (208) 282-3590.

Green Dot: Real Life Stories

Anonymous ISU Student: "On the weekends I used to ref basketball for grade school kids. During one of the games a parent from each team were arguing with each other about the game, and they both ended up confronting each other at the end of the game. But before a fight was about to start I jumped in to calm things down. When things calmed down I asked both of the parents which kid was theirs. Both parents pointed to their child. The two kids were laughing and having a good time playing basketball with each other. I then turned to the parents and said, these games aren't for you guys, it's for the kids. Both parents turned to each other and said sorry."

Anonymous ISU Employee: "After a night out, I was hanging outside E-fresh with a group of friends. One of the girls was pretty drunk and there was this guy that kept hanging around her. I could tell he was trying to get her alone. I didn't know this guy but I've seen him out before and has always given me the wrong vibe. Suddenly, I realized that he was walking down the alley, away from us, with the girl. I ran after them and asked where they were going. He said he had called her a cab and was just making sure she got home safe. I asked him what cab company he had called and he didn't have an answer. Then I asked him if he knew where she lived, but he didn't. So then I just said, "well, she lives close to where I live and I'm on my way home so I'll just give her a ride..." and grabbed her hand and walked off."

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