If you are a bystander witnessing a harmful situation, you have a choice to make. Do you do something? What do you do?
The Training Active Bystanders (TAB) program helps participants recognize when they are bystanders, analyze situations, and evaluate the consequences for everyone involved. TAB heightens bystanders’ power. It teaches how bystanders can interrupt harm doing and generate positive actions by others. Active bystandership does not mean aggression against the harm doer. It means taking responsible action to help people in need instead of remaining passive and becoming complicit. Bystanders gain the competencies they need if they decide to take action when they witness something they feel is unfair, or wrong, or troubling.
TRAINING ACTIVE BYSTANDERS
Foundational Principals and Covenant
This covenant is a binding promise of far-reaching importance in the relations among the individual and groups for the furtherance of TAB.
We believe there is an interconnectedness and interdependence among all and the goal of TAB is to enhance, support and further that.
We believe the TAB structure and community engagement reflect that interconnectedness and interdependence.
We believe in the inherent goodness and wisdom of the community as individuals and as a whole, whatever that community may be or represent.
We believe that these communities have the capacity, intelligence and power to solve problems and address their desire for safe communities through Active Bystandership.
We believe TAB should be taught by people of their communities; they have the language, connection and wisdom to teach it.
We believe that TAB principles require that we act with non-violence, respect and humility.
What's a Bystander?
A bystander is a person who witnesses harm occuring. The bystander can either ignore the harm being done or can take action to stop it.
TAB gives you the tools you need to be an active bystander and take positive action in a situation when harm is occuring.
"I can't thank you enough for today's training. I am an introvert, so speaking up is not always easy for me. After the training, I feel more empowered to be an active bystander rather than a passive one. As I said in my evaluation, I feel like the training gave me a shot of bravery."
- Mary Lou, East Bridgewater