Although typically for 100 students in a gym for a full day, the workshops are now being led for distance in smaller groups of 20-30 students online in 45-minute sessions.

The purpose of Point Break for high school and its junior high Stand Together counterpart is to improve the behaviors, values and attitudes of students on their campuses and in their communities, intervening before acts of bullying, hatred or violence occur. As a result, better learning environments are created, relationships are forged and reconciliation begins. Students, who before the workshop bullied others, often feel a sense of empathy towards their fellow students and the desire to stop their bullying behavior after the experience.

“I no longer feel alone,” and “I now know where to go for help,” are expressions commonly heard among thousands of teens attending our anti-bully workshops over the past ten years. Students have discovered how to better connect and communicate on their school campuses. These skills are needed now more than ever due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Point Break and Stand Together have been adapted as a tool for distance learning, to continue improving the mental health of our adolescents during this time.

Point Break and Stand Together workshops have been redesigned for individual classes to use online during this time of distant learning. Instead of 5-hour assemblies in school gyms with 100 students, these virtual ZOOM workshops are broken into three 45-minute segments for classes of 30 students. To limit class interruptions, the three segments can be spread out over a semester, taking place monthly. Working with smaller groups over a longer time period can increase the impact. The new format also eliminates the need for schools to provide staff for group facilitators, as Youth For Christ will be able to recruit and screen enough adult volunteers to guide discussions in Breakout Rooms. Like previous workshops, names of individuals needing additional care will be provided afterward by the group facilitators.

For junior high students, normally 7th graders, the Stand Together sessions are broken down into:

Week 1 – Accept yourself without critical comparison
Week 2 – Accept others and their unique differences
Week 3 – Accept standing together through hard times

For high school students, traditionally sophomores, each Point Break session focus' on:

Week 1 – The power of connecting with others
Week 2 – The power of words we use with others
Week 3 – The power of being real with others

We look forward to serving your students again this year. Please contact us to set up a contract for your school and schedule the days for each class you’d like to participate.

  • Pete Kirchhoff, Campus Life Director and Point Break Coordinator
    (209) 250-9268