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
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.
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!
Connections are how relationships are formed. Just as little as a few minutes to connect with another person can create meaningful and genuine relationships.
A little bit of kindness can make a huge difference in someone else’s day and even yours. It does not hurt to be kind. Start with a smile!
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.
Nonprofit Be Strong to host 2,500 JCPS, private and parochial school students in a call to action to stop bullying in Louisville, Kentucky.
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.
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.