AnyOne Can Step UP!
What is AnyOne Can Step UP!?
Have you seen a friend (or even a stranger) in a risky situation? Felt worried, but didn’t know what to say or do?
Learn the ways you and your friends can watch out for one another. AnyOne Can Step UP! is a bystander intervention training. We can show you strategies and techniques for interrupting troubling dynamics as well as for directly and indirectly intervening when necessary. WAVES staff and certified students co-facilitate these interactive sessions.
Noticing the Event as a risky situation is the first step to being an engaged bystander.
Sometimes we assume we know what’s going on but miss the obvious. Take this video awareness test to see if you are able to notice something unfolding in front of you.
Request an AnyOne Can Step UP!
Request an AnyOne Can Step UP! training for your organization, group or class HERE.
Be Kind. Step Up! Bracelet Campaign
Stepping up when trouble is brewing is important, but so is recognizing all the good things Patriots do.
AnyOne Can Step UP! certified student co-facilitators are on Mason’s campus looking for random acts of kindness. They will pass along Be Kind.Step Up! bracelets when they witness a kind act as a way to say thank you. They then give a shout out about what they saw at bekindstepup.org.
We want to let people that Patriots look out for Patriots.
Many people have been in a problematic situations where they could have intervened but didn’t. Later on, they can be troubled by their lack of action and may wonder, “If only I would have…. done something, said something, talked to someone….there may have been a different outcome.”
In 2007, Becky Bell, Associate Athletics Director at The University of Arizona, worked with the NCAA to implement a survey at three universities (University of Arizona, University of California, Riverside and University of Virginia) that revealed that student-athletes are encountering multiple situations where bystander intervention would be appropriate.
Although much research exists on bystander behavior in general, there was not an interdisciplinary, bystander intervention program tailored for the student-athlete experience and building on the positive aspects of team membership. Ms. Bell developed the Step UP! program to fill this gap. In 2008, the NCAA sent Step UP! training materials to all CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinators.
The Step UP! program is designed to help students learn strategies and techniques to intervene both directly and indirectly in both emergency and non-emergency situations. The program contains support materials to address a wide-range of issues including academic integrity, alcohol abuse, anger, depression, discrimination, disordered eating, gambling, hazing, relationship abuse and sexual assault. For more information on this pioneering and widely-used program, see http://stepupprogram.org.
Since 2008, George Mason University’s Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services (WAVES) had been using a bystander training called AnyOne Can. AnyOne Can was designed to be an interpersonal violence prevention intervention and was developed through a grant from Verizon. Staff used AnyOne Can to educate students about interpersonal violence and how “anyone” can be an engaged bystander.
With training and guidance from the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the University of Virginia, WAVES combined both training programs in 2014. AnyOne Can Step UP! is a comprehensive intervention program where staff team up with skilled student co-facilitators to provide training that addresses the many issues that may inspire a Mason Patriot to step up!