Program Goal: Changing our community one friend at a time is the important goal for Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) who are launching this initiative during national No Name Calling Week, January 20-24, 2014. This educational and membership campaign is a community call to action–to spread compassion and promote empathy by reducing the sense of isolation young people feel when they are bullied. Empowering by-standers to stand up and be a part of the solution is essential to this campaign. The community-at-large is being challenged to reach out and be a friend to someone new for at least a year, with hopes of lifetime results.
History: Bullying is a complex issue becoming more complex as additional information, both accurate and erroneous, is provided to the public. STARS is a national leader in best practices for bullying prevention. It is crucial to the work being done globally around the issue of bullying that we provide accurate data and evidence-based strategies to address this difficult issue. The germination for the Bee A Friend Campaign found root February 2012 during STARS’s work with Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi when two Gra-Mar Middle School students conceived the idea of the Bee A Friend campaign which officially launches at a Friday, January 17 news conference.
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