Wellness and School Climate: Empowering Youth as Change Agents

Mar 15, 2019


Breakout Room #3


This presentation focuses on empowering socially influential students to prevent and stop mistreatment, bullying and cyberbullying. Students see, hear, and know things that adults don’t and can intervene in ways adults can’t. Students set the social norms on campus, but are often under empowered and underutilized. When students are empowered to safely intervene when they witness mistreatment, discipline incidents go down, connectedness goes up, and school climate becomes more positive. And a positive school climate leads to overall wellness for everyone.


School Administrators, Counselors, Educators, Law Enforcement


Participants will gain an understanding of the power and influence students have in setting and changing social norms on school campuses.

Participants will gain knowledge on elements that contribute to school connectedness as a protective factor for student success.

Participants will gain an understanding of best practices for increasing youth empowerment opportunities that lead to school connectedness.


  • Rick Phillips, M.S., Ed.

    Founder, Community Matters

    Community Matters


    BIO: Rick Phillips is known for his expertise and extensive work in the field of school climate improvement. He is the Founder and former Executive Director of Community Matters, a 22 year nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to equip, empower and engage students and adults to create schools and communities that are welcoming,

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