Social isolation is the feeling of being left out, lonely, and treated like you are invisible. At every school and in every community there are children who feel like they have no friends and quietly suffer through each day -- especially at lunchtime and other moments where friends gather together.
Young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence and/or depression.
As a result, many further pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development and/or choose to hurt themselves or others.
What is the program? Start with Hello is designed to help students and school staff members create and sustain an inclusive school culture / community by implementing three simple steps:
See Someone Alone
Reach Out + Help
Start with Hello
How is Start with Hello implemented? In Grand Prairie ISD, every campus has a student-led Kindness Crew club sponsored by the campus Counseling Services team. The counselors and/or social workers train Kindness Crew members to lead the Start with Hello program and activities.