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Ability Awareness Project

 668 N Coast Hwy, Suite 144
 Laguna Beach, CA 92651
[P] (949) 415-4096
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[email protected]
Shadi Pourkashef
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Organization DBA Ability Awareness Project
Former Names Learn To Stop Bullying (2017)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-2021700 00019


Mission StatementMORE »

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.

Mission Statement

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.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $13,700.00
Projected Revenue $15,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Community Outreach
  • Ability Awareness Docudrama Movie

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Mission Statement

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.

Background Statement

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.

Impact Statement

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:  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 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.

Needs Statement

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.

CEO Statement

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, 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]

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
Ability Awareness Project serves mostly the South Orange County area in California and we can also travel outside the county once funds are available. Our online community platform is available nationally and internationally. With C3 we also work with the Millennium Project, a global futurist think tank made up over over 49 nodes around the world to serve as their Arts and Media Node. 

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Human Services - Victims' Services
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs



Community Outreach

Our School Presentations provide anti-bullying educations that focus on:
  • Teaching non-judgement, empathy, kindness, friendship, while emphasizing compassion, tolerance, understanding, inclusion and acceptance towards all abilities, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities and religions.
  • Encouraging all to be the best that they can be, honoring and embracing their own uniqueness while respecting and understanding everyone else’s individuality, challenges and differences.
  • Practical and proven solutions are provided for the bullies, those being bullied and bystanders to not only identify and put a stop to all six types of bullying but also move towards becoming our next generation of leaders and peacemakers.
  • Slideshow furthermore encourages and inspires all to accept diversity, come together as one, forgive easily, deal with anger appropriately, workout differences peacefully & choose to be a friend. Age appropriate “Pledge to be a Friend” cards, bracelets/stickers are provided for each student.
We have a total of 7 assembly presentations designed for k-3rd grades, 4th & 5th grades, Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Parents and Educators. If there's no budget for the faculty and parents presentations, we send them an updated email with the latest research and information available on prevention, effective intervention techniques, legal responsibilities, procedures to follow during and after a bullying incident and practical guides to provide a bully-free and safe environment for all at our schools and at home.
Budget  $2,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) People/Families with of People with Disabilities Families
Program Short-Term Success  Locally, our children will all be educated on the values of compassion, tolerance, empathy, understanding and acceptance and will know exactly what to do when bullying occurs. They will know how to protect themselves and be a friend to those in need. No more bullying related suicide will happen as our community will be strong, united and educated on how to include and support each other.  
Program Long-Term Success  We will be able to reach all schools in our nation and beyond to teach children how to resolve conflicts in peace, treat each other with kindness and create a safe, united and bully free world.
Program Success Monitored By 

So far we have held over 20 school presentations for thousands of children. The reactions are as diverse as the kids themselves... some enjoy our informative and powerful slides and videos and some cry on our shoulder after presentations and say "I wish you were here 2 years ago, last month, last year...". At "Walk in my shoes"event with OC Human Relations, they provided us with a report of what children had filled out after our presentation in excel format which is our proof in hard copy of how much children need this education and how we are making such an impact.  Also we receive comments from people who hire us. Ms. Jamie Waddle from Truman Benedict Elementary from San Clemente noted: "Thank you so much for such an amazing day. You are a gift from God... You made such an impact on our school". We sent mass emails to the parents and staff of every school we've visited to educate them on proper response and necessary course of action to take and be the leaders our children so desperately need.

Examples of Program Success  Before our own anti-bullying presentation we had been placing Ability Awareness Programs that mostly focus on building compassion, tolerance and acceptance towards children with special needs at our schools. Through out the years, we see those kids who have gone through our programs are the ones who step up and step in to prevent bullying at our schools.  We see them on the playground as they stand up for their special needs peers and defend them from bullies. We see bullies, choosing to be a friends and we see those who get bullied, taking correct precautions to protect themselves and tell someone. We see the community getting stronger as everyone watches out for one another to create a peaceful safe environment for all. is our online educational platform. We have a dedicated page for The Bully, The Bystander, The Bullied, Parents and Educators. We produce short original videos and address the bullying issues facing children today. We film against a green screen with fun backgrounds and music to make them engaging and interesting for kids. 
Budget  $2,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) US& International Minorities
Program Short-Term Success not only provides the most affective education for the specific need of each child, it will be the perfect solution for the unsuccessful ways schools have been dealing with bullying. Most schools wait for bullying to happen and then they bring the kids to the office and talk to them about it. Unfortunately research shows that not only this method is not affective in reducing bullying but also it promotes more bullying. The only way to reduce bullying is to educate all to help identify what bullying looks like and show the proper ways to respond. (*Research from
Program Long-Term Success  As we continue to produce more original videos, will be the one website that children who are affected by bullying can find clear and practical solutions. It also provides schools with a clear education they can provide for any bullying that occurs at schools. For example, those who bully can watch all the videos on The Bully page and those who are getting bullied can watch The Bullied page and so forth to learn to transform their friendships towards a positive united path. 
Program Success Monitored By is still developing as we are completing the post-production process for a series of new videos. Once that is done, we will need to start the our marketing plan to have schools and children utilize our site.  
Examples of Program Success  As we develop, for now, if a child is searching on the web for an answer that addresses specific bullying issues, for example: "Is it ever ok to fight back physically?", our video is the first video that shows up.

Ability Awareness Docudrama Movie

As a part of our global solution, we have created this project. This movie is an educational docudrama based on our successful Ability Awareness school programs that teach compassion, tolerance, acceptance and understanding that are number one indicators in bullying prevention. This will be translated into 3 languages, Spanish, French, and Mandarine and available for free to all schools worldwide. This will allow those schools that either do not have access or can not afford an anti-bullying program to be able to provide this education for their students.
Budget  $146,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Humanities Programs
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Minorities International
Program Short-Term Success  This project will bring together all of our future generations as they learn peaceful ways of resolving conflicts and they'll be united on understanding the basic human values of respect, tolerance, compassion and kindness. 
Program Long-Term Success  This will be translated into 3 languages, Spanish, French, and Mandarine and available for free to all schools worldwide. This will allow all national and international schools that either do not have access or can not afford an anti-bullying program to be able to provide this education for their students.
Program Success Monitored By  The success will be measured years after our next generation become our next leaders and peacemakers. 
Examples of Program Success  Imagine a world where the language of respect and kindness become second nature... our diverse yet interconnected world will be able to accomplish so much more as every individual's uniqueness, talents and contribution is celebrated and utilized. 


CEO/Executive Director Shadi Pourkashef
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Kate McCallum Founder of C3, Producer/Writer/Consultant of PGA New Media Council Board Delegate Voting
Kelly McKinnon Bermingham Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental center in Santa Ana Voting
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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $15,000.00
Projected Expenses $13,700.00
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Total Revenue $8,566 $13,010 $3,486
Total Expenses $7,680 $12,982 $4,957

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Administration Expense $1,656 $3,102 $1,435
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Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.12 1.00 0.70
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