Student State Representative Program
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WHY DO WE NEED
Bullying Prevention & anti-bullying efforts over the past decade have historically been instructed from a top-down approach and it’s not working.
Our youth deserve better. They deserve a comprehensive student-led approach.
Be Strong resolved to reverse these trends (statistics to the right) by equipping and empowering youth to ignite 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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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!
I greatly enjoyed the first season of the Netflix mega-hit series, 13 Reasons Why. The show is broadly considered a series about bullying, though doing so trivializes it. Unless we wish to call all negative behavior “bullying,” it is only marginally about bullying. It is about the myriad of painful complexities of life for adolescents, their schools, and their families.Yet the show does have something important to reveal about bullying, or more accurately, one aspect of bullying, namely, the movement to get rid of it.
I was thinking about what summer was like for me when I was a teenager, which was not too long ago! I remember one summer in particular, between my seventh and eighth grade year. I had a couple of friends who I hung out with every single day and I remember we spent a lot of time talking about things we were struggling with. All three of us had our own challenges but I honestly remember that being one of the best summers of my life!
About two years ago, I decided to write a book. The problem was, I didn’t know where to start. That is, until I attended an event and learned of an online book writing program that promises your book will be published in 90 days. Sounds great, right? Well, 90 days into this program, I had about 40 pages typed and felt like it was going nowhere. So, I dove back into the online program and learned more about the reasons why I was stuck. I corrected those habits and kept on going. Then came the editing process.
Tori is our Student of the Month for July! Check out how our Indiana State Rep chooses to be strong.
One Kanawha County middle school is taking a proactive approach to bullying prevention. They’re doing that by mixing up the seats in the lunchroom and making sure that no one sits alone. “Just looking at other people and seeing that they’re not sitting alone, it makes me feel 100 times better,” said Allie Rosen, who’s the Student State Representative for [Be Strong].
As the years passed, getting bullied resulted in me becoming a bully. As a bully I was always ostracized from clubs, gatherings, and school assemblies which was like adding gas to fire. Historically, only students who were well behaved attended assemblies and social events. My negative behavior prevented school-based and community organizations from including me in their activities. This, in turn, made me feel invisible.
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IT TAKES A VILLAGE
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