Day 17: A Day to Help Teachers Combat Bullying
The message below went out on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 to those Standing on the Side of Love supporters who signed up for daily Thirty Days of Love emails. You can sign-up for the 30 Days of Love emails here.
Combating bullying is not simple, and has no easy fix. Bullying-related suicides, especially of LGBT-identified young people, have been prominent in the news cycles over the past couple of years.
I’m sure you know some of the oft-repeated statistics:
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds
- LGBT youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.
- Nine out of 10 LGBT students report experiencing harassment at school
Of course, bullying affects far more than just LGBT-identified young people. There are now increasing reports of Latino/a youth and Muslim youth being targeted. And sadly, many of us may have experienced bullying for a whole host of reasons, both as youngsters and as adults.
Our society’s culture of bullying is a plague that has taken hold in our nation’s schools and finds its roots at the very seat of power—just look at some of the political campaign rhetoric.
Today, we address bullying together and say “no more.”
Help teachers combat bullying by supporting anti-bullying projects across the country that require funding. Click here to find projects on Donors Choose that need support.
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity connecting donors to classrooms in need. Public school teachers post classroom project requests on the site, and potential donors can browse projects and give any amount to the one or more that inspires you. There are several projects related to bullying. For example:
“Help Us Teach Kids Ways to Prevent Bullying,” Brownville School, Maine
Ms. Bowden’s students write and perform puppet shows on ways to prevent bullying. The kids really enjoy using puppets, but the student puppeteers have a hard time speaking loud enough for others to hear. Ms. Bowden is collecting donations to buy microphones so the students’ projects will have a more meaningful impact.
“Deep Down, We Have So Much in Common!” Stratton Meadows School, Colorado Springs
Mrs. P’s creative idea combines anti-bullying, team building, and science curricula to give her students opportunities to build community and talk about the things we all have in common (even down to the cellular level!). She needs your donations to help buy books on bullying, microscopes, and an array of slides that will show her students that deep down we are all the same.
Click here to find projects on Donors Choose related to combating bullying that need support.
And visit http://www.donorschoose.org/about to learn how the organizations ensure integrity in the donation process.
Sometimes, it’s the simple ‘we do’ that can have a big impact – such as helping one dedicated teacher, one classroom, one young person at a time.
We hope today’s action will bring you inspiration, and a sense of comfort that together, we can make things better for young people trying to make their way in the world with the happiness and self-esteem they deserve.
In partnership for a more loving world,
P.S. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Consider familiarizing yourself with this organization and its projects: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/