The Rock Solid Foundation was started in 1997 by a group of law enforcement officials, Victoria Shamrocks and Canadian Rugby Players. There was a need for violence prevention programs in Victoria and Rock Solid was developed to fill the gap. Originally, police programs were developed for grades 6 to 12 however it became clear that the need for anti-violence education begins at kindergarten.
Since 1999 RSF, in conjunction with a team from the University of Victoria, has developed and evaluated the WITS Programs. RSF is committed to getting the proven-effective WITS strategy out to children at the least possible cost to already financially stressed schools.
Since its inception, the Rock Solid Foundation has spoken to over 750,000 young people and is growing constantly. In addition to the WITS Program, the Rock Solid Foundation is currently piloting the WITS LEADS Program for grades 4 to 6. This program is an extension of the WITS strategy with a problem-solving/leadership component. By September 2007 Rock Solid hopes to offer full kindergarten to grade 12 violence prevention and conflict resolution programs to our schools.