Stand Strong USA is now Be Strong! Our new name is a subtle but important change to demonstrate our support of the physically impaired community and ensure our message is relevant to everyone.

Dedicated to stop bullying in America’s schools and raise awareness of this major social issue, the Be Strong movement is particularly sensitive to the way that words can affect people, especially children. Our live events and simulcasts are dedicated to empowerment and resilience training – the tools students need to be strong in their stance against bullying.

Based on a 2014 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 22% of students have been bullied on school property nationwide. 13.9% have seriously considered attempting suicide, 10.2% of students did not go to school because they felt unsafe and 8% of students have attempted suicide one or more times in the past 12 months.

“When schools take the time to implement research-based programming in this area, not only does it decrease bullying and cyberbullying – it also accomplishes the goals that educators care most about,” says Dr. Sameer Hinduja, Bullying specialist.

Since 2015, Be Strong has partnered with over 700 schools and reached over 1.2 million students with their anti-bullying message. This educational message is then paired with tools, in-school training and Be Strong school clubs that help ensure the sustainability of students’, parents’, teachers’ and administrators’ efforts.

In October, the Be Strong movement continues with their LA Forum. Working with the Los Angeles County office of Education, Be Strong is hoping to reach millions of sixth to twelfth graders in LA county and additional students in schools across California and the United States with an online broadcast. The event will also be distributed on The California Channel reaching 5 Million homes. In 2016 10,000 students will be brought to the Forum in Inglewood, CA to experience the event first hand.

For more information on Be Strong or to join the movement, visit BeStrong.Global.

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