2015 TAB trainers conference

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.

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.

In Schools

Youth trainers are at the heart of TAB. With conviction and passion, they transform the curriculum into something personally meaningful for their peers, encouraging them to exert power to encourage positive personal interactions and to create just and caring schools and communities.

In Communities

Workshops in social service agencies, community coalitions, libraries, LGBTQ groups, social justice and multicultural organizations, Human Rights Committees, houses of worship (temples, mosques, churches), substance abuse prevention task forces, and more.

In Your Organization

Use TAB in the workplace to create an improved workplace atmosphere where all employees feel safe. Other settings are places of higher education, prisons and jails, and organizations which deal with substance use and recovery.

Contact us to learn how we can create the most effective training for your school, place of worship, organization, or workplace. 

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Think about your power as a bystander

  • What sorts of harm doing do you see in your communities? Harassment, bullying, violence, injustice...
  • What can you do when you witness harm doing? As it happens; later; with the help of others...
  • What risks and dangers do active bystanders face?
  • How does active bystandership change individuals and their communities?

Northwestern District Attorney Youth Conference October 2018

The Northwestern District Attorney, in collaboration with Quabbin Mediation, held a Youth Conference for school students on October 26, 2018. A key part of the conference was the Training Active Bystanders curriculum. The trainers were students from the Athol, Mahar, Pioneer Valley Regional, and Granby high schools.

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TAB trainers
District Attorney and students
TAB Staff and others
TAB Staff and others