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Safe School Ambassadors (SSA)

ssa.jpgEach year Elsie Allen High School recruits student leaders that represent our school’s diversity.  The recruited students participate in a two-day interactive training along with several adults who serve as program mentors. The training gives student Ambassadors the motivation and skills to resolve conflicts, defuse incidents, and support isolated and excluded students. After the training, small group meetings of Ambassadors are held every few weeks. These meetings, led by the adult mentors, provide time for strengthening skills, support data collection and analysis of Ambassador Interventions, and help sustain student and adult commitment to the program.

As stated on the SSA website, “the Safe School Ambassador program is an “inside-out” approach to improving school climate, one that relies on social norms change and the power of students to help stop bullying and violence.”

Contact SSA Program Advisor Mary Ann Ayala at mayala@srcs.k12.ca.us .

Mary Ann Ayala - Mary Ann Ayala has served as Elsie Allen High School’s Assistant Principal and SSA Program Advisor for the past two years.  Ms. Ayala has served as an administrator    in Santa Rosa City Schools for eight years.  Prior to that, she served as a Science teacher at Lawrence Cook Middle School.  Ms. Ayala has been an educator for 26 years.