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WHY DO WE NEED
Bullying prevention & anti-bullying efforts over the past decade has not resulted a reduction in bullying. In fact, bullying, cyberbullying, suicide and hopelessness among youth are all on the rise. Our youth deserve better. Be Strong resolved to reverse these trends by equipping and empowering youth to ignite a change in peer behavior. To date, Be Strong’s approach has proven to be effective.
of 9th - 12th grade students have been BULLIED on SCHOOL PROPERTY
of students FELT SAD & HOPELESS almost every day for 2 or more weeks
of students have seriously CONSIDERED SUICIDE
of students have ATTEMPTED SUICIDE one or more times in the past 12 months
Empowering youth to be the change they want to see in our world through hope and resiliency training. Not all aggressive behavior is qualified as bullying, our step one is to create awareness for students, parents/guardians, teachers and administrators to identify what bullying actually is providing a safe place for students to reveal the challenges that they are facing. Providing them with support and resources when social injustice issues occur. To that end, we are meeting them where they are by developing and implementing a number of tools that form the Be Strong Digital Bridge, a set of digital tools that connects people of all ages with one-touch resources such as a suicide lifeline, text line, and trusted friends alert, a Smartphone App, an information portal, increased access to social resources as well as a growing team of Be Strong Student Leaders prepared to spread the message of help, support and understanding to young people in need.
Depression, anxiety, and many other psychological challenges, can result from bullying, and exposure to violence can lead to a wide array of negative behaviors and outcomes, including alcohol and drug use, self-harm and suicide, arrests and gun violence. We therefore support training teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and qualified community volunteers to help recognize signs that a student might need special attention.
Through heightened awareness, community advocacy and youth empowerment, Be Strong strives to shine a light on social environment safety and acceptance, enhance knowledge about the resources available and aggregate professional service providers. Join the Be Strong Movement.
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If feel you are in a crisis, whether or not you are thinking about killing yourself, struggling with suicidal thoughts, depression, bullying, or self-harm, talk to someone right now who can help. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7. If there has been a crime or someone is at immediate risk of harm call 911.
With all of us working together, youth, parents/guardians, educators, administration, NGOs, social service providers – WE CAN SAVE LIVES – Be Strong believes in the potential of every single student: the survivors, the allies & the bullies.
What’s the Be Strong APP?
The Be Strong app unites power with choice that saves & changes lives. You’ll find resources, support, and intervention for those who are affected by bullying, depression, or suicide, and best practices on combatting many adversities. We know this generation is facing issues and disadvantages that result in bullying and we want to help. If you have friends who are struggling with hunger, housing, escaping violence and much more, sit down with them and put your zip code in the local support section of the app – Help is at your fingertips, including one-touch resources, such as suicide lifeline, text help line, and trusted friend alert.
We are Stronger Together – Download the Be Strong app TODAY!
When you are a beacon, you are viewed as a guide and leader for others. And a good leader knows the way, goes the way, and most importantly, shows the way.
One thing I do that helps me to be resilient is practicing forgiveness. Sometimes I say really stupid things, I do stupid things, and when I think about those experiences it stings really badly. When I feel the sting, I tell myself out loud, “you’re a good person, I forgive you, lesson learned, moving forward.”
Parents understandably want to be able to guarantee that their children are safe, including from bullying. There are many tactics parents have attempted to make sure kids stop bothering their child, but some of them are obviously unwise.
Check out how New Jersey State Rep Grace, our Be Strong Student of the Month for May, chooses to be strong.
Check out how North Carolina State Rep Ammarah, our Be Strong Student of the Month for March, chooses to spread a message of and positivity.
“In the end, my friend, it all comes down to relationships. And I think if more people worked on that, this world would be a much better place,” said Rice.
We Need Your Help
Please call 954.246.5852 to learn about the unique ways that we can partner & you or your organization can become a Be Strong Sponsor or Impact Partner –
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
If you want to become a part of the Be Strong mission we want to hear from you.