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WHY DO WE NEED TO
Our youth population today has become increasingly hopeless and the statistics show this correlation. Be Strong strives to lower these statistics by inspiring kids to become empowered to influence change in their peers.
The 2015 CDC National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance report indicates that 20.2% of 9th through 12th grade students in the United States were bullied on school property and 8.6% had attempted suicide one or more times in the past twelve months. Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.
Nationally, 29.9% of all high school students felt sad or hopeless almost every day for 2 or more weeks in a row, that they stopped doing some usual activities during the 12 months before the survey and 15.5% of 9th through 12th graders reported being electronically bullied via email, chat rooms, instant messaging, websites or texting in the past twelve months.
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 ATTEMPTING 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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Your voice matters – we would be honored to elevate your personal story of triumph, breaking out of the statistics mentality & sharing the true human experience. If you have a story you would like to share please fill out the form below or contact us to discuss a possible testimonial interview.
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!
A gift to administrators, counselors, and educators, this free Be Strong resource was developed and written by veteran school psychologist Israel “Izzy” Kalman and presented by accomplished youth motivational speaker Brooks Gibbs.
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Time’s Up is the catchphrase for women against sexual harassment. Women are standing as one and outing those who have used positions of power or mere circumstantial opportunities to sexually, verbally, and/or physically abuse women. But this is not just a women’s issue, it is also a men’s issue.
Denis Estimon, CEO of We Dine Together, is joining as the new Director of Be Strong & how We Dine Together is now part of & managed by the Be Strong team.
Our Massachusetts State Rep Lauren is our January Student of the Month.
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.