RESPECT is a nonprofit organization in Nebraska started in 2000 to use a community collaboration to build healthy relationships among children and youth through theatre. We value a genuine dialogue that invites people to create healthy relationships while providing premier research-based theatre programs that get people talking. We contribute to the social well-being and mental-health of about 30,000 students each year and have reached over a half-million participants since our inception.
Principal: Jess Bland
This was the best bullying program/assembly we have seen. It was very well put together and the students were engaged the entire time. Thank you so much, and keep up the awesome work!
The program was fantastic! Very engaging for students and relatable for all. Thank you for coming!
This was an extremely well done presentation. The actors were engaging and fantastic at interacting with children. I appreciated the terminology they introduced and the way they helped children practice what to do in a tough situation.
Lewis & Clark Middle School (Omaha)
School Counselor: Josie McDonnel
Thanks again for such an amazing program today. Your actors did such an amazing job engaging our incoming 7th grade students. I was thrilled about the different topics they were able to cover with our students. The actors were relatable, enthusiastic, and empathic to serious topics such as cyberbullying, sexual identity, and the different types of bullying in our schools. As a counselor at Lewis and Clark, we see the effects of bullying in our building and encounter students who become withdrawn in their studies and with their peers. The actors that came to our school really broke down how to report and communicate to others about this sensitive topic. You could really see how engaged our students were during the role-plays and when they were discovering different ways to report and eliminate bullying in our schools. Respect was here for 90 minutes in our auditorium and I saw 114 7th grade students engaged during every minute of the play. Wow, what a great experience for our students! Thanks, Respect for educating our students and teaching them ways to cope and report bullying in our schools and at home.
Fremont Middle School
Counselor: Kristin Henkenius
Fremont Middle School has been the recipient of three RESPECT programs during the 2015-2016 and the 2016-2017 school year. Students respond positively the program and enjoy the theatrics, question/answer time, and being able to watch selected students role play how they would handle situations. I have seen many organizations present at our school during my 23 years at Fremont Middle School. Very few have been as well received by both students and staff as RESPECT.
Saint Joan of Arc School (Omaha)
Office Administrator: Jenny Knutson
About Stop & Think: It was funny enough for the kids but still serious and sent a good message. I like how the actors interacted with the crowd and asked good questions to get the kids thinking and also incorporated movements to remember STOP AND THINK! Loved the difference between tattling and reporting.
About Between the Lines: I loved how the panel discussion allowed the students to think of solutions to certain situations. I thought it was great to show the four different types of bullying and how some students may be in this or similar situations. It allowed some to see that their behaviors may be bullying.
Franklin Public Schools - Middle School/High School
School Counselor: Kelly Simmons
After the Cracked But Not Broken program a female high school student approached me with something that was weighing on her mind after watching the performance and connecting it with what we have learned about teen dating violence in the classroom. This young lady was reflecting back on her past relationship with her ex. She said she felt like she may have been the abuser in the relationship and wanted to apologize to her ex for this but wasn't sure if she should or how she should. She said looking back she was too controlling. I was so proud of her for being brave enough to see any flaws that relationship had and how she can use her experience to improve on her future relationships. She has decided to take the step and apologize. These experiences are what drives me to continue these conversations with teens and continue to educate and give my students opportunities to experience what healthy relationships look like. Thank you RESPECT for being that bridge to giving students more resources and education!