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$ 70,000 grant
Junior High Peace Builders Program

Peace Builders is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program, developed by AHA!, to help students learn social-emotional skills including empathy, impulse control, collaboration and conflict resolution. This grant pays for the salaries for a junior high coordinator and six professional facilitators so the program can expand to La Colina, La Cumbre and Goleta Valley Junior High Schools. The program, which has already been successfully implemented at Santa Barbara Junior High, encourages young people to become leaders who can confront prejudice, defuse conflict and stand as allies against bullying. The result is a more positive school climate in which students are better able to learn.