+Works (pronounced positive works) was created in April 2010 by Houston moms Sarah Fisher and Trish Morille out of a desire to help their own children and their community to deal with the complicated issue of bullying. They created +Works to:
Spark a parent-driven grass roots movement centered on the idea that authentic community change begins at home with adults and extends out into schools and community organizations.
Connect families and schools to stop the blame game and build the kind of positive, peaceful communities where children are free to be themselves and to learn and grow.
Understand and reframe the social process of bullying — and why we as a society allow it to happen. +Works supports the philosophy “Bullies only do what bystanders allow,” developed by Drs. Stuart Twemlow and Frank Sacco, as outlined in their book, Why School Antibullying Programs Don’t Work.
Form a common language, discover common ground, and set high expectations for upstanding behavior in our communities as a means for getting ahead of bullying;
Allow interest in the integrated +Works program to “bubble up” into school communities. In other words, +Works does not initiate contact with or “cold-call” schools. The +Conversation begins when +Works is approached by a parent, administrator, counselor or social worker within a school community.