Actively Caring for People™ (AC4P™) Schools
How to Cultivate a Culture of Compassion
What is AC4P™?
AC4P™ stands for Actively Caring for People™. The AC4P™ process was founded by Dr. E. Scott Geller, Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. AC4P™ is founded on applied behavioral science and has been credited with improving the culture in various institutions across the U.S. and beyond.
How does the process work?
The mission of AC4P™ is to create a pathway to identify and reward interpersonal acts of kindness and pro-social behavior. AC4P™ behaviors are identified and the actively-caring individual is rewarded for the act of kindness with a wristband that can be worn as a symbol to indicate that they have assisted in changing the culture in a positive way. Each wristband is numbered and can be tracked to demonstrate the growth of the Movement within and beyond an organization or institution.
How does a school start the process?
AC4P™ can be introduced to your school through a staff briefing, or workshop presentation. This can be accomplished during a staff meeting, or workshop presentation. Once the school has agreed to adopt the process; selected materials and wristbands are provided to the school to start the AC4P™ Movement.
AC4P™ Ambassador Program
National Ambassador, AC4P Schools
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Students who consistently display acts of caring and demonstrate compassion toward others can be rewarded with multiple wristbands. Schools are encouraged to establish a threshold to reward selected students with the special recognition of AC4P™ Ambassador. This award will be acknowledged with a unique certificate and it will enable the student to become a catalyst for promoting and supporting the AC4P™ Movement.
- Agents of AC4P™ with multiple AC4P™ wristbands to recognize acts of kindness, or compassion
- Identify and recommend fellow students for AC4P™ recognition
- AC4P™ ambassadors can serve as AC4P™ leaders in various domains and situations
Examples of Ambassador Activities:
- Serve as mentors and guides for new students
- Become a friend to students who need a friend
- Assist teachers and counselors on kindness presentations
- Teach and demonstrate the AC4P™ process for others
Schools may choose to expand the AC4P™ process by establishing an AC4P™ Club. This club could meet monthly with a mission to establish a school community project that demonstrates AC4P™ behavior.
- give you the opportunity to observe and practice kindness every day, not just one week of the year
- is based on applied behavioral science and years of empirical research
- allows for the immediate positive recognition for pro-social behavior
- is compatible with positive behavioral intervention support (PBIS)
- builds citizenship through rewarding acts of caring
- is adaptable to any school grade or campus setting
- provides a process that enables tracking and assessing the impact on the school culture