Bully Buster Program provides awareness for the need to have preventative measures in the schools while providing youth, parents and educators resources to assist them, as well as counseling services in the schools.

The program supports initiatives to include school assessments, printed material (brochures, posters, videos), advertising, school tool-kits, engagement strategies for youth, support for getting youth involved such as having them create videos, participate in such things as Unity Day, organizing prevention and awareness classes and presentations, and to signing pledges against bullying.

How is Bullying effecting our lives and our youth?

Bullying in the schools have reached epic proportions and is one of the leading causes for mental health illnesses such as, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, self-destruction and mutilation, and even suicide. Over the next seven (7) minutes, a young person will be bullied and it may be your own son or daughter, or someone else you know. Only four out of 100 adults will put a stop to it and only 11% of a young person’s peers will do anything, leaving the remaining 85% to do nothing. Each day more than 160,000 children will miss school out of fear of being bullied according to National Education Association estimates. According to The Association for Psychological Science, both victims and bullies are more likely to experience poverty, academic failure and job termination in their adulthood, not to mention they are likelier to commit crime and abuse drugs and alcohol. Arkansas ranks as one of the highest percent of high school students involved in physical fights at school and also one of the highest percentages of high school students who missed school because they felt unsafe at school. Unfortunately, while there may be anti-bullying legislation, it is an unfunded mandate requiring schools to have anti-bullying policies, but provides no financial resources to improve the school climate or security.

Bullying Prevelenace and Impact rates via: WalletHub

Youth Bridge clearly understands the challenges these youth face daily in school and out of school. Through our School- Based Services, Youth Bridge is adding the Anti-Bullying educational piece to help bring awareness about the concerns and impact bullying can have on students. We want to teach positive values with how kids treat one another. We want to help schools develop strategies to build a culture of respect and to prevent bullying before it begins. In light of some of the tragic school violence and youth suicides across the nation, it is now more important than ever to help schools find creative and innovative ways to tackle this issue; and to implement effective practices that will foster positive school climates, improve student achievement, and support the health and wellness of students.

Bully Busters Program

Posted by Youth Bridge Inc. on Friday, September 11, 2015

How we can all get involved

Youth Bridge will be providing materials and tools to bring awareness. Brochures, banners, posters, wrist bands, t-shirts and other materials will be made available to youth and their parents and schools. A school-resource and tool-kit will be given to each school on action steps they can take to foster a positive school climate. Prevention presentations will be offered to the community and schools as well as any educational components. There will be more on this to come.

You can become a sponsor or make a donation. Every contribution helps and will go toward the initiative to bring awareness and change to the way bullying is handled in schools and our community.

Participation in upcoming awareness events and spreading the word is one of the single most important action you can take. Share our page on facebook and follow us for upcoming events.

Contact Nancy Hairston at our main office to find out how you can help today at 479.575.9471 or nhairston@youthbridge.com.

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