OUR GOAL is to raise $32,000 to grow our Boo2Bullying School Assembly Program for the coming school year.
Adolescents in our community are crying out for help because the emotional, physical and negative effects of bullying can last a lifetime. Did you know that The Coachella Valley has one of the highest attempted suicide rates in the nation for 10-24-year-olds? And that the cities of Indio and Thermal top that list? Ongoing and unchecked, bullying can lead to depression, anxiety, substance abuse and yes, suicide.
To address this epidemic, Boo2Bullying was born in 2011 as a grassroots youth empowerment program with a clear mission: to eradicate bullying, intolerance and discrimination. With programs designed for youth from 8 to 18, our multi-media approach to social-emotional awareness gives young people the tools to help foster a healthy self-image as they learn to speak their truth, accept diversity and have a positive impact on their peers. In our early years, these programs were presented anywhere we could gain access — like the Tolerance Education Center in Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs Library, Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs, and Faith-based organizations.
“I was bullied really bad throughout high school. But I’ve gained a lot more confidence over the years. Boo2Bullying helps me to remember to stay strong. My goal is to be a leader and help kids and teens who have struggled with bullying. I look up to the leaders within the organization. They are all amazing and truly kindhearted.” - Brianna Hernandez, Boo2Bullying Ambassador
In just a few short years, we have witnessed amazing breakthroughs amongst our school assembly audiences. We've found a unique and relatable way for our youth to share their stories - whether it be on stage or one-on-one with our Youth Ambassadors. Eliciting tears, laughter and forgiveness, Boo2Bullying has helped to change lives, mend relationships and steer high-risk students to proper support and services.
In 2018 we reached over 8,700 students from K-12 in 16 Coachella Valley schools and many thousands more on B2B social media platforms. Building on this pilot school assembly program, our new multi-media approach will expand our reach into the school systems, and will also be available online. With your support, we can create and deliver a powerful program that will benefit the students of all 26 schools in the Palm Springs Unified School District as well as other school districts. With your help of $32,000, Boo2Bullying’s school program can expand our reach to over 16,000 students and continue to address verbal, physical, mental and online peer bullying, open minds and create B2B allies.
I’ve recently connected with Michael, a 2019 graduate of Palm Springs High School. He told me that he remembers the Boo2Bullying assembly he attended as a sophomore — and how that experience “I just graduated from Palm Springs High School and have seen first hand how Boo2Bullying has helped change our school for the better. I remember when they came during my sophomore year and helped our school become much more inclusive and grow closer as a community.” Michael Marks, Graduate of Palm Spring High School
DID YOU KNOW? STATISTICS ON BULLYING
"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 the 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 donation today and help us continue to provide 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, intolernce and discrimination.
We truly are humble and appreciate you and your generosity.
President & Founder