Our mission is to build a united interconnected world, free of bullying. Our Vision is to ensure that everyone is respectful and kind to one another and that no one suffers from social isolation and bullying.
Bullying related suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among children and teens. 90% of 4th-8th graders experience some form of bullying or rejection and more than 60% of them are children with special needs. In 2014, 83% of girls and 79% of boys report being bullied in school or online. 160,000 teens skip school everyday because of bullying. Bullies need as much help as the ones being bullied, and so do the bystanders who can determine how it all turns out... and unfortunately they all suffer the negative consequences of bullying. 75% of school shootings are directly linked to harassment and bullying against the shooter. Bullies tend to continue the trend of abuse and violence way into adulthood and by the age of 30, 40% of the boys who bullied at school had been arrested 3 or more times. For as long as bullying continues, no one is safe. And today you can do something about it.
Our organization started by focusing on special need children and the social isolation they endure everyday with kind inclusion. However, last year 9 out of 10 LGBT students reported being harassed and bullied; that along with the rise of racism and hatred, we are including sections to address those issues as well. Now that we have the opportunity to lead our next generation towards an interconnected humanistic path, we want to make sure we provide guidance in all the issues related to bullying as the problem is progressing.
2017 has been incredibly exciting to partner with so many other organizations in our community and make even a bigger impact. On March 3rd, we joined OC Human Relations and had the opportunity to have a 3 presentations back to back and see hundreds of middle schoolers from Anaheim and Santa Ana that were bused in to UCI for the "Walk In My Shoes" Youth Conference. Our event this year was on Oct. 7th in Laguna Beach; this was our second annual event to raise awareness in our hometown of Laguna Beach. OC Register wrote a beautiful article about our event: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/07/bullying-victim-photos-stories-put-on-display-at-main-beach-in-laguna-beach/ On Nov. 3rd, we joined Orange County Family Violence Council at the Delhi Center in Santa Ana, and on Nov. 18 we are joining American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Orange County chapter on the National Survivor Day event from 9:30-12p.m. in Santa Ana. We have had a total of 11 presentations so far this year mostly in Capistrano Unified School District and have seen thousands of children.
In 2016 we had also impacted the lives of thousands of children through our community outreach programs, the very talented film students of OCSA and Girls Inc. with the support of BLITS Foundation made a short documentary about us, our online educational platform at www.LearnToStopBullying.org continues to grow with more original videos and updated information to provide a global solution for children who are affected by bullying around the world and we also had our first official fundraising event in our hometown of Laguna Beach on April 27th, gaining the support of so many more individuals and businesses in our community that are passionate about bringing human descency, kindness and respect back into our culture.
For our Anti-bullying School Presentations, we've added a section that teaches to appreciate the diversity of immigrants all over the world, to understand similarities as well as differences and value their contribution to our society. For our online educational platform, we have already started the writing process to produce our next video on this important topic as well.
We have a very dedicated, talented, passionate, and professional team and will welcome volunteers who have either experience in film/video productions or are passionate about our cause.
We need a few volunteers who can reach out to their local schools in need to schedule our school presentations. In case the school can't afford our program, we need volunteers to take our letters with our tax information and reach out to local businesses for donations/sponsorships. We want to expand our presentations to other regions and states as well so we also need volunteers outside of our immediate neighborhood.
We can always use in-kind donations for studio, camera, editors, music and other film crew members. We are asking for grants, sponsors and donations to support Program Development for our edutainment productions as well.
The problem of bullying today is a very deep and complicated one. We believe to tackle this issue correctly we need to start at an early age educating our children as well as parents, educators, and our community so everyone understands their responsibilities according to the latest research. In children responsibilities vary whether they are being bullied, the observers, or have tendencies to bully others as well as the right course of action that needs to be followed by their parents and educators.
There are so many websites dedicated to bullying these days that spread awareness. The news are all over and people are talking about it. This is all very good but awareness alone does not fix the problem! What we do differently is that we go to schools and talk about all the ins and outs of bullying and provide practical solutions because we understand it takes the whole community to make a lasting change. To provide a global solution, at our online educational platform LearnToStopBullying.org, we produce kid friendly short videos and talk to professionals to address specific bullying issues head on and offer solutions. We teach each group (the Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander) separately as we identify and discuss the unique challenges they each face. Using fun and engaging short videos to teach is the sure way of reaching our youth in this day and age and we make sure that parents and educators get all the knowledge they need as well to stand up and do the right thing. Together, we can put an end to bullying once and for all!
Board Chair Statement
This project had been so close to my heart and a subject that I’ve been dealing with for so many years but it wasn’t until 2014 that I realized that the teacher I’m looking for is me!!!
My 15yr. old boy, despite all his efforts to overcome his autism related challenges every minute of his waking hour, gets bullied at school all the time. This has been going on since 3rd grade and is what got me started on my 5 year journey into research, becoming the Special Education Rep of PTA, joining the CAC committee (Community Advisory Committee in Capistrano Unified School District), and then after a year becoming a board member of the CAC and setting up anti-bullying programs at schools. Through all my efforts to understand the depth of bullying and how I can help my boy and our community, he started talking about killing himself. Thank god by then I knew what to do but my heart goes out to all the parents who have lost their child due to bullying. The pain is tremendous for our children when they get bullied and sometimes for parents it’s hard to understand or know what to do about it.
My love for children, my own experiences as a mother of an autistic boy, as a teacher, my extensive knowledge on the subject of bullying, and most importantly my passion to help build a better future for our children that is based on kindness and compassion has made me a spirited engaging speaker and an insightful producer of our edutainment productions to provide a series of fun and educational videos that are so needed and not available anywhere!
On our newsletters, we always say: "Please Watch our Videos, Be the Change, and Teach others." Why? I myself had to learn how to be the parent my child needs me to be and change my ways and I believe once parents and educators see the urgency of this issue and understand that no one is safe for as long as bullying continues, they too will want to learn, be the change, and teach others. This is a huge problem and it deserves our immediate attention. Now more than ever, I believe that we have to come together and lead our next generation towards a united, interconnected and humanistic path.
Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer
You may also make a donation on either one of our websites. We are always in need of volunteers as well in administrative, film production, marketing, and your local school sites. Please email: [email protected]