The B.I.O.N.I.C. Team was started in the 2004-05 school year at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, Colorado in response to four suicides of students at our school a few years earlier. It is a club to help support students and staff going through challenging times and prevent other students from falling through the cracks. As a result, the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team at Green Mountain reached over 90,000 people in 9 years and has expanded worldwide. Over 700 schools around the world have inquired about starting a B.I.O.N.I.C. Team on their school campus. Through the B.I.O.N.I.C. Team, young people are making a difference in their world by helping others facing challenging times such as new students, sick or hospitalized students, students and staff who lose loved ones, and other schools experiencing tragedy. Click onthe links below for the two-part B.I.O.N.I.C. Team YouTube vides to see what it’s all about:
The B.I.O.N.I.C. Team is an organization designed to help fellow students, students’ families, and staff through challenging times.
- To make new students feel welcome
- To reach out to hospitalized students
- To reach out to students with extended illnesses/health conditions
- To reach out to students and their families, and staff that experience the death of a loved one
- To reach out to other schools that experience tragedies
- To empower bystanders to prevent bullying
In order to accomplish these goals, the B.I.O.N.I.C Team consists of five smaller teams – each with the purpose of reaching the above goals. New Student Team, Extended Illness Team, Hospitalization Team, Loss Team, and the School Tragedy Team. To prevent bullying we started the “Prevent Bullying by Just Saying H.I.” program which all members participate in. The members participate in individual team outreaches to those experiencing the various issues the teams represent. (Go to the “Program” page to see the details of each team.) Each team has student leaders to organize the outreaches.
B.I.O.N.I.C. TEAM MEETING TIMES
There are monthly large B.I.O.N.I.C. Team meetings to bring the entire team together since the individual teams often aren’t aware of the outreaches of the other teams. During the meeting activities/outreaches of the past month are reviewed, members are informed about the coming month’s calendar, and members are inspired by a speaker, and lunch is served to members as a thank you.
HOW TO ACTIVATE THE B.I.O.N.I.C. TEAM
The team is notified of those needing outreaches through referral boxes in teachers’ workrooms, referral boxes throughout the school, a referral locker, or the B.I.O.N.I.C. e-mail account. The B.I.O.N.I.C. sponsor follows up on all referrals to seek permission for an outreach.