SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Get ready, Schriever--the Air Force's new violence prevention program, Green Dot, is set to roll out in April and its goal is to inspire Airmen to become active bystanders and create a positive change.
"Green Dot is a prevention strategy that is evidence-based and has shown great results, which is why the Air Force is adopting it," said Paula Krause, 50th Space Wing Sexual Assault Response Coordinator.
The program, created by Dr. Dorothy Edwards Green Dot executive director, brings a new perspective to power-based violence prevention by focusing on bystander intervention.
According to www.livethegreendot.com, the Green Dot "model targets all community members as potential bystanders, and seeks to engage them, through awareness, education and skills-practice, in proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm, as well as reactive interventions in high-risk situations-resulting in the ultimate reduction of violence."
The Air Force's goal is for Green Dot to empower its Airmen and give them the confidence to prevent violence before it happens.
"That is what Green Dot does, it gives you the tools and shows ways of overcoming barriers to step in and become an active bystander," said 1st Lt. Heather Nelson, Green Dot coordinator. "A majority of people may look at a situation and think 'something about that is sketchy,' but that is where it stops--they never take the next step to intervene. We're trying to bridge that gap."
Schriever's Green Dot coordinators will begin by training Schriever leadership. Base-wide training sessions will follow, starting April 18.
The first training session is 50 minutes, but Airmen who want to gain more knowledge will have the opportunity to attend a four-hour, volunteer training session.
"It takes a while to truly change a culture," said Nelson. "The Green Dot program approaches it by taking baby steps. I think we'll see more people taking small steps and making small changes that will eventually change the culture of the Air Force."
Much like an epidemic map, identifying the spread of infection with red dots, this program hopes each participant becomes a green dot, spreading positivity far and wide.
For now, program coordinators are hoping participants will approach Green Dot with an open mind.
"I want people to be excited about it," said Nelson. "It's something different and I think it has promise. The people on this base are going to make the program what it is...so, if people come in with bias, it will never go anywhere. I just ask for an open mind and hopefully we will make it into something great."
For more information about Green Dot, visit www.livethegreendot.com