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We must find ways to prevent violence on the national level through legislation and other measures, but we can also take small, important steps that will make a big impact in our own hometowns.
The mission of Challenge Day is “…that every child lives in a world where they feel safe, loved and celebrated.” They achieve this through inspiring, life-changing programs that are available to middle and high schools. Make arrangements for your local school to host a Challenge Day, or give so that more students can experience this amazing program, which often results in bullies apologizing and making a pact to change their school culture to one where everyone can feel safe. Visit the site and watch the videos to see why this is a must for every middle and high school.
Eyes on Bullying
Eyes on Bullying was developed by the Education Development Center. This site is a great resource for parents and schools. It includes a free downloadable Took Kit that is packed full of resources, activities and information on bullying. The website also contains great ideas and activities to help kids learn what bullying is, what type of behavior constitutes bullying, how it impacts others, and tools to prepare children on the best way to handle themselves if and when they are bullied.
Rachel’s Challenge was created in honor of Columbine victim, Rachel Scott. “Rachel’s Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion.” Learn more. Schedule an event. Shop. Give. Create a “chain reaction” that will leave positive ripples in your own community today.
The Colorado Trust: Build Trust, End Bullying
The Colorado Trust created the Bullying Prevention Initiative in 2005. The initiative was designed to: “help youths and adults in school districts, schools and community-based organizations intervene in and prevent bullying through training.” The results were significant with a marked reduction in bullying and an impressive increase in test scores. To read more about how you can make a difference, read this.
About the NOH8 Campaign: “The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska (http://www.bouska.net) and partner Jeff Parshley in direct response to the passage of Proposition 8. Photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest. Four years since its inception, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to nearly 30,000 faces and continues to grow at an exponential rate.” Read their blog. Upload your NOH8 photo. Shop.
We Stop Hate
We Stop Hate is a non-profit program dedicated to raising teen-esteem through various social media platforms that engage teens to help each other gain confidence. We Stop Hate is not just a bullying prevention program, it’s a “call-to-action to stop hate: stop hating on yourself, stop hating on others, stop letting others hate on you.” Learn more. Shop. Watch. Get involved. Start a Club. Most importantly, learn to love yourself.
Creating a Better World
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
The Random Acts of Kindness™ Foundation “inspires people to practice kindness and to “pass it on” to others. They provide free educational and community ideas, guidance, and other resources to kindness participants through their website. The Random Acts of Kindness™ Foundation is the heart of the kindness movement whose aim is to help everyone create a better world by spreading awareness and increasing engagement in kind actions.” Learn more about the power of kindness. Use these resources to help you create a better world, including resources for educators. Get ideas on how you can spread kindness far and wide. Discover the power of kindness today!
Zero to Three
According to their website, Zero to Three is “a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.” Their site contains great resources for parents and others involved in the lives of children, includinginformation, podcasts, interactive tools, PowerPoint presentations and more. Learn about how children develop in their early years and how you can use that information to parent safely and effectively.
National Parent Helpline
Parenting is a tough, often thankless, job. Get the support you need with the National Parent Helpline. Trained parenting advocates will help you navigate the challenges of parenthood, by providing emotional support, resources and more. This nationally acclaimed website also lists available programs and resources by state.
National Center for Fathering
From their website: “In response to the dramatic trend towards fatherlessness in America, Dr. Ken Canfield founded the National Center as a nonprofit, scientific and education organization. Today, the Center provides practical, research-based training and resources that equip men in virtually every fathering situation to be the involved fathers their children need.” Follow their blog and visit their Articles page.
National Fatherhood Initiative
The mission of this organization is “to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.” The website includes resources for fathers and organizations, articles and information, military programs, mentoring opportunities and more.
Parents Without Partners
Parents Without Partners “provides single parents and their children with an opportunity for enhancing personal growth, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others by offering an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques. For the minor children of single parents, it offers them the opportunity to meet peers living within the same family structure and thriving. No more standing out in the crowd or feeling isolated because they are part of the single parent family.” Single parents (and children of single parents) can find local support groups, tips, tools, discussion groups, articles and information that is designed just for them.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children & Families
The goal of the Administration for Children & Families is to ensure all “children, youth, families, individuals and communities who are resilient, safe, healthy, and economically secure.” Visit the site’s Help For You and Your Family page to find lists of programs and resources in the areas of: Children, Communities, Developmental Disabilities, Economic Security, Emergency Preparedness, Families, Health, Human Trafficking, LGBT, Native Americans and Tribes, Refugees and Repatriates and Youth.
Children’s Defense Fund
“The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority.” Educate yourself. Take action. Get help.
“One is a global movement against poverty. Founded by Bono, the organization aims to educate and mobilize peple around the world to fight the causes and effects of extreme poverty, including the need for AIDS treatment, proper nutrition and ample food supplies, vaccine availability and disease prevention, and the need for government support.” Learn more at http://www.one.org/us/.
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