For more information contact:
Ashleigh E. Cromer
President, Be Strong
State Wide Kentucky Anti-Bullying Event Coming to The Louisville Palace
Thursday, March 30, at 10 AM EST
WHO: Be Strong, a nationwide nonprofit organization hosting the world’s largest anti-bullying events is dedicated to stopping bullying in schools and across the country.
Up to 2,500 Louisville Kentucky students.
Top Kentucky education and government leaders, including JCPS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Katy Zeitz and Commissioner of Human Rights, George Stinson.
Motivational educator/speaker Mary McMahon, local recording artists Linkin’ Bridge and Best selling author, Broadway performer, and motivational speaker Jessie Funk will keynote the experience. Host(s) Be Strong’s President, Ashleigh Cromer and Urban League, Cassandra Webb join the line-up.
WHAT: Be Strong LIVE Tour event to host 2,500 JCPS, private and parochial school students in a call to action to stop bullying in the community.
In addition to the on stage event, we’re hosting a resource fair for students, teachers, and parents with representatives from local non- profit and community resources that are available on the Be Strong App. Be Strong LIVE Tour will focus on bullying and cyberbullying as a major public health and safety issue, with insight on ways to identify and stop bullying and how victims can find support, potentially saving the lives of children and teens who feel threatened by bullying.
The event will be streamed live online, available through the FREE Be Strong iOS and Android App, and potentially hundreds of thousands of students statewide. Working to secure broadcast and simulcast support on KET.
WHERE: The Louisville Palace 625 S 4th St., Louisville, KY 40202
WHEN: Thursday, March 30, 2017 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
WHY: Our youth population today has become increasingly hopeless and the statistics show this correlation.
Be Strong strives to lower those statistics by inspiring kids to become empowered to influence change in their peers.
According to the 2015 CDC National Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance report indicates that 20.2% of 9th through 12th grade students in the U.S. were bullied on school property 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 to 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, website, or texting in the past twelve months.
SUPPORTIVE PARTNERS: Louisville Urban League, FACEIT, JCPS, DIFF Charitable Eyewear, Kosair Charities, Louisville City and Texas Roadhouse