Be Strong State Representative Program
Inspire. Interact. Ignite. Intervene. Impact.
Be Strong launched a nominate your student campaign in November 2016 designed to elevate the voices of inspiring students across the country who are working to create an inclusive tomorrow. In 2017, Be Strong will be co-laboring with each representative in four key areas: resilience training, random acts of kindness, awareness & advocacy.
COMING SOON: You’ll be able to click your state to meet your Representatives – be connected to resources – and join the change!
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
Depression, anxiety, and many other psychological problems, including fear, can result from school violence. What do we know about the relationship between students and mental illness? We support training teachers, other school officials and qualified community volunteers to recognize signs that a student might need special attention or help.
Not all injuries are visible. Exposure to youth violence and school violence can lead to a wide array of negative health behaviors and outcomes, including alcohol and drug use, self harm and suicide.
Through raising awareness, Be Strong strives to shine a light on school safety, enhance knowledge about solutions and aggregate professional service providers to be available 24/7 on and off line.
Our Be Strong Live Tour, brings thousands of students together for a high-energy inspirational experience with millions more watching online. Both victims and aggressors experience hope and the opportunity for change. Motivational speakers, inspiring musicians and influencers that have personally overcome bullying shows students what is possible in their own lives.
Life is tough. But, so are you.
With all of us working together – students, teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians – we can save lives. We believe in the potential of every single student to overcome bullying.
Our first keynote speaker to students in Florida during November of 2015 was Nick Vujicic, a man born without arms or legs who has lived an extraordinary journey from day one. Nick turned his adversity into inspiration to help others. Replays of our Florida Events featuring Nick are available now with the “Watch Replay NOW!” button below.
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By offering a storytelling network for sharing and learning Be Strong offers a national voice to a collaborative approach to creating a safer learning environment. 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.
Our goal in 2016 is to reach 1,000,000 students through live events at Los Angeles high schools and middle schools, with simulcasts provided statewide in cooperation with the Los Angeles Department of Education. We encourage students, school administrators, and like-minded individuals to get involved TODAY!
The Be Strong app unites those who are being strong to stop bullying. You’ll find resources, support, and intervention for those affected by bullying, depression, or suicide. Get access to immediate help hotlines, a crisis text line, and support groups. Learn about all upcoming events and participate in interactive polls to make your presence known.
We are Stronger Together – Download the Be Strong app TODAY!
Last year I made a commitment to have resolve. Resolutions are a good beginning, but without resolve and conviction, they are just thoughts and hopes.
Advice on how we can take the lead in preventing bullying and suicide from Israel “Izzy” Kalman – a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.
If you or someone you know has been a target of cyberbullying, this cyberbullying coping guide will help you overcome in 5 practical ways.
Our Student Leadership President Joshua met with the founders of DIFF Charitable Eyewear. We are thrilled to announce that DIFF is supporting Be Strong’s work to stop bullying in 2017.
The Los Angeles Lakers help to create a memorable student experience at the Staples Center in support of the Be Strong Movement.
Be Strong launches a global campaign to include people from all over the world to raise their voices. Join the movement and submit a video!
Join us in our efforts and make a lasting impact in the lives of our youth by sponsoring a Be Strong event. Sponsorship offers national reach for your organization, and is instrumental to the Be Strong cause, providing financial support to fund education, encouragement and empowerment to teens across the nation. Join the fight against bullying and suicide among our youth by becoming a sponsor today.
We’re asking individuals, small and medium size businesses, corporate America, Foundations and strategic technology providers to invest in productive social change in a new way. Stopping bullying is at the heart of our focus as well as equipping and empowering school officials to recognize possible signs of mental illness. Your organization can help immediately by sharing the Be Strong link on-line and have a powerful viral impact today.