Why this matters
Our vision is simple: for schools and communities across America to be places in which teens don't have to deal with harassment, humiliation, and hate. Growing up is hard enough as it is, and yet it gets even worse because of the tendency of some to be cruel to others, often because they don't know how to cope with their own struggles and emotions.
Everyone is looking for an answer to the bullying and cyberbullying problem. We know where it can be found: in teens themselves. More than parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, law enforcement – they have the power and ability to do something. To step up, and be the change they wish to see in the world (as Gandhi has so eloquently put it). They can combat hate by leading the way to promote tolerance, acceptance, and mutual respect. They can get their peers on board, and make it cool to care about others. They can help build cultures of kindness on their campuses, which can gain buy-in and traction from others, and then go viral – completely revolutionizing the way things are.
We know this isn't just some random, ideal dream. We've met many teens who are coming up with creative ideas, and running with them. They are spearheading movements and making a real, measurable difference. And you know what? They are loving life, and they are setting themselves apart from everyone else – everyone else who is selfishly wrapped up on their own lives, and who just don't seem to care. They are daring to be different, and they are the guys and girls who will land the best opportunities tomorrow because of their attitudes and decisions today.
We want you on board. We can help. Join our community, tell your story, and get input from others. Brainstorm ideas. Celebrate successes. Learn from obstacles. And work together.
Words wound. But words can also heal and help. Don't be that guy who stands by in silence. Don't be that girl who does nothing. Join us, and do your part. We are right here with you, and all along the way.
I had a huge crush on this really popular guy. Shy, plump girl with glasses and acne. I started to contact him through AIM hoping for a magical ending. Then later I talked to his friends and to make a long story very short. I was harassed and teased through Facebook and AIM, told I was ugly, fat, no guy would ever like me, that I was a female dog, to go cut myself, and even received death threats. Granted, I reacted and said things I would never usually say, but since that year I always think a part of me has died and I will never be as I was before. Did the school do anything to help? Did my parents understand that Facebook was my connection to the rest of the school? An addiction? It's so stupid, as I look back on it, and I know I made mistakes, but no one deserves to be verbally and mentally abused via the internet or anywhere else.15 year-old girl from USA