San Francisco, CA
After the enthusiastic reception of Broadway Against Bullying in San Francisco, No Bully is bringing its cabaret fundraiser to New York City on Monday February 8, 2016 at 7 pm at Feinstein’s 54 Below, Supper Club. Broadway Against Bullying is a one-night-only event aimed at benefiting No Bully and its work to end bullying in schools.
I work in an elementary school in Oakland, California. Our kids are in kindergarten through fifth grade. Cyberspace is now a big part of their lives. They are always texting each other. In a good and bad way. Many of them have accounts on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. They even ask me to friend them on Facebook (which I decline).
I’m a Solution Coach in the Oakland Unified School District. Recently Emilio was referred to me. Emilio is ten years old and did not want to come to school any more because the other kids in the fifth grade were picking on him. I had noticed Emilio, always alone in recess. He is an unusual kid but things now had gotten way more intense than him just self-isolating.
We are excited to announce the launch of No Bully Portugal! Over thirty percent of children in Portugal are bullied . No Bully Portugal has been licensed to deliver the No Bully program to schools in Portugal. Our goal is to catalyze action to ensure that no child in Portugal has to suffer bullying and to train public and private schools in the award winning No Bully System® to end it.
I started at my high school at Peru when I was thirteen. I was a quiet girl without much confidence and most of the time I kept to myself. It was my bad luck to have a boy in my class called Dennis. Dennis had a lot of issues at home. His mother was a single mother trying to make ends meet. It made it his mission to make my days as challenging as possible.
When I was sixteen, my parents sent me to camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Second World War had just ended in 1945 and everyone was happy and relieved. I lived in New York City so I was very much looking forward to spending time in the beautiful mountains. I was also excited about taking drama classes. This, I hoped, would be a wonderful summer.
There is nothing we like more than working with all the schools and students across a whole school district. So when Hasbro invited No Bully to partner with the school department and all its seventeen schools in its hometown of Pawtucket, Rhode Island we jumped at the chance.
Whenever an incident of bullying happens, it casts a spotlight on the students involved - the bully, the bully-followers, and the student being targeted. Schools can use the incident to cast light on what so often lies behind the bullying - the broken homes, the missing social and emotional skills and the mental health issues that have led to any particular student adopting the role of bully or target. If we pay careful attention, the spotlight can reveal to us the students who are at risk – those who are heading towards significant harm unless we interrupt their trajectory.
No Bully today launched a yearlong partnership with the Pawtucket School Department in Rhode Island to end bullying in their seventeen schools. A big thank you to Hasbro for their generous sponsorship!