OUR GOAL is to raise $25,000 to grow our Boo2Bullying School Assembly Program across the country, for youth that are dealing with issues of bullying. This is part of our Sustainability Plan for 2019- 2020 expanding our online platforms and increasing the reach of our school and community events.
Boo2Bullying depends on our community for support, and we depend on our generous friends, family and neighbors to help us provide services and resources to youth and their families around the issues of bullying and tolerance.
Our school and assembly programs include informational presentations about the types of bullying, keynote speakers sharing personal experiences around bullying and discrimination, and a Q&A with a special guest. Audiences have ranged in numbers anywhere from 30 - 1,200 youth and community members. Boo2Bullying is honored to be returning for the 4th year to Palm Springs High School in 2017 and the Tolerance Education Center in Rancho Mirage. With your support, together we are making a difference to eliminate and eradicate bullying. Your donation supports our work in so many ways, from enabling us to provide free programs to schools. Help us so we can continue to make a difference and a positive impact with our youth.
"Maybe it's because Mr. Dimitri Halkidis was born in Greece, raised in New York, moved to Los Angeles and has transplanted to Palm Springs in the California Sonoran desert that he has built himself a multicultural perspective of life that makes him a sensitive, caring and supportive individual. I consider myself fortunate to have crossed paths with such a warm and nurturing man. Mr. Halkidis, the Executive Director of Boo2Bullying, has offered himself and others as resources to the school at which I work. Each year he brings celebrities to help our young people understand bullying, its effects on others, and learning coping skills to help them through their own tuff times. In addition to working with our annual anti-bullying movement, Mr. Halkidis serves on a fund raising board to promote the Arts in the school. The program helps creative students learn the way they learn best, through creative arts in core content classes. As if that were not enough, he also serves as a Mentor for students in the senior class. He gives countless hours to helping our young people learn in the arts industry to help them be better equipped for their own future. I have always found Mr. Halkidis willing to help any way he can, not only offering his creative ideas but also rolling up his sleeves and working hard. It has been a pleasant and rewarding journey meeting and working with Mr. Dimitri Halkidis, feeling his energy and enthusiasm for all he does." Rich Kravitz, School Counselor, Palm Springs High School.
"Boo2Bullying came to Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences to run an assembly and two days of workshops for our 10th grade Days of Service. They were professional, reliable, and engaged our students in a way that is rarely witnessed! The authenticity of the variety of storytellers, using both humor and depth to convey their life journeys, made a huge impact on our students. Not only were they willing to share but they facilitated thoughtful dialogues during the workshops and gave students the opportunity to speak to their own personal experiences. From the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received from our 10th graders, I would definitely recommend this organization to any educator looking to open the eyes of their students into the world of bullying." Hali Morell, Upper School Community Service Director, Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences
"Research indicates that young people who are surrounded by a variety of opportunities for engagement encounter less risk and ultimately show evidence of higher rates of successful transitions into adulthood. Positive youth development programs are one venue to ensure that young people have access to adequate positive opportunities and prevents a variety of risk behaviors among young people, and improves social and emotional outcomes." Source: Youth.gov
"This year, over 13 million American kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns, making it most common form of violence young people face in this country. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts.
Please make your special pledge today and help us continue to providing outreach, mentorship, education and support for youth and their families. Boo2Bullying is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to eliminate and eradicate bullying.
We appreciate you and your generosity.
President & Founder