June 12, 2019

Today, we visit the Don't Be a Bully Foundation in Atlanta.  Later in the show, Bruce Gale brings us an interview with this week's Kid Hero, Justin Sather.

“I want someone to look at me and say “Because of you I didn’t give up”. – Mahatma Gandhi

Bullying affects everyone involved…the victim, the bully and those who witness it.  Not only are there the immediate effects but the serious and long-term consequences that impact their mental health, drive them to substance abuse and elevate the risk of suicide.  Bullying is not a “rite of passage” but a serious threat to student safety and well-being.

Just consider some of the statistics:

• Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.

• 28% of U.S. students in grades 6 -12 experienced bullying

• 30% of young people admit to bullying others

• 70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools

• 70.4% of teachers have seen bullying

• Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying

When students and school staff ignore bullying behaviors, they are sending a message that bullying is acceptable or something that can’t be stopped. 

This brings us to today's highlighted charity, Don't Be a Bully Foundation... 

The Don't Be A Bully Foundation is dedicated to inspiring and transforming the lives of youth through education about the prevention of bullying and youth violence. They also strive to educate parents on recognizing the warning signs of bullying and other issues. 

They work to educate and motivate the community through their stage production Speak Up! Speak Out!, youth workshops, seminars and dialogue discussions. The organization consists of volunteers that are educators, teachers, therapists, performing arts teachers and artists, as well as parents who conducts our DBAB workshops, seminars and stage plays.  @dontbeabullyfoundation

Earlier this month, Bev had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Kim Cantey Davis, Founder & CEO, Symone Cantey, Program Director and Michelle Bennett-Copeland, Youth Services Manager, Fulton County Library System.

8-year old Justin Slather loves frogs, which might seem just like another ordinary thing- except he’s taken that love to another level.  It all started in kindergarten, when Justin learned almost one-third of frog species are on the verge of extinction. He learned pollution, pesticides, and habitat destruction are the main causes for their decline. Justin’s mom saw his passion to create change, so they set out on a quest to tell the world and launched For the Love of Frogs.

Justin didn’t realize his love for frogs would turn into a passion for taking care of the planet. He became interested in recycling.  Justin wants people to know that it only takes one small change in their life, something as simple as the type of toothbrush they use, to make a positive impact on the planet.  He taught his classmates about the impact plastic toothbrushes can have on pollution, and then encouraged students to recycle their own toothbrushes by turning them into works of art.  @justinsfrogproject

Bruce Gale had the opportunity to talk with Justin, this week’s Kid Hero, earlier this month.

Justin Sather
Justin Sather