Prior to the official start of fall term, members of George Mason’s Student-Athlete Athletic Counsel and Student Athlete Mentors program participated in training in the AnyOne Can Step UP! program. The training was a collaborative effort between Student-Athlete Affairs and WAVES (Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services) to teach student-athletes how to stand up for themselves and others in problematic situations.
Mason’s 35 Student Athlete Mentors and Student Athlete Advisory Committee members have been trained to co-facilitate WAVES’s AnyOne Can Step UP! training so the initiative can extend its reach into the Mason community. This bystander program is an effort to motivate and educate Mason students to be active bystanders. With a slogan of “Patriots for Patriots,” the training taught student-athletes how to step up and intervene when a troubling situation arises with team members and peers.
“We wanted to provide our student-athletes with the skills needed to step up and intervene when troubling situations arise with team members and peers,” Associate AD for Student Services Nena Rogers said.
The AnyOne Can Step UP!
program was created by WAVES in 2008 as a way to encourage bystander intervention, interpersonal violence prevention and overall positive behavior. In addition, student leaders are given “Be Kind. Step Up! “ bracelets that are to serve as a reminder that Patriots are looking out for each other. Students are encouraged to pass the bracelet along when they see random acts of kindness.