Kids and Teens against Bullying

Official Project

The Problem

Ever since I was young, I have always been bullied, and I never had anyone to go to, besides my parents and teachers. My parents are the only ones who understood me though. Teachers just gave me a pat on my back and told me to "hang in there." I could never go to my peers, either, they never understood what I was going through. In Elementry school, I came home crying every single day. In middle school, the bullying died out, but once high school hit, it was in its worse form yet. I got beat up, made fun of, and I felt as though I was in Mean Girls, when I was eating lunch in the bathroom. This needs to stop. No one should ever feel the way I have had to, for doing absolutely nothing. Teens and kids all need someone to go to, who they can trust and relate to, to help get through these issues. The only ones who really understand are those going through the same things, and I really wish that I had always had a group like the project I am trying to start up, because I think it would have made things much easier. If kids and teens could join together, the emotional distress, depression and even suicide rates would decrease, I believe. We all need somewhere to go: this group could be the answer to a problem many kids, just like me, are facing every day. From ages 5-18, over 83,000 kids in Massachusetts are bullied. I can help some of them.

Plan of Action

To create this organization, I would start small, in my school. I would try to get together people who are in the group at my school called "Teens helping other teens survive," (THOTS), which is a community service group. I would hold info sessions about the group and how it would benefit the community. I would go to elementry schools after school and talk to classes about bullying, and if they feel as though they are victims, I will be having meetings on certain dates. I would also post a flier at my work, where I see mothers with young children and teens frequently, so if the teen or child was too shy to admit to being a victim, the parent could get them involved.

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