The following organizations are all devoted to ending bullying. You can learn more at their websites about the resources each organization provides.
The Trevor Project runs the Trevor Lifeline, a 24-hour, national crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for gay and questioning teens. The number is 1-866-4-U-Trevor. You can learn more about The Trevor Project and the other great program they have at their website: thetrevorproject.org.
The National Center for Bullying Prevention is helping to promote awareness and teach effective ways to respond to bullying. You can learn more about them at: Pacer.org/bullying.
STOMP Out Bullying is focused on reducing bullying and cyberbullying. Find out more on their website: stompoutbullying.org
The Matthew Shepard Foundation runs Matthew's Place, an online community and resource center for LGBTQ youth. The website is: matthewsplace.com
GLSEN is also a great organization that is working to eradicate bullying and bias in schools. Their website is: glsen.org
The Human Rights Campaign's Welcoming Schools Guide is an approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping, and name-calling in K-5th grades. The guide helps administrators, educators, and parents or caring adults make sure that their elementary schools welcome all students and families. You can learn more at www.welcomingschools.org
PFLAG and GLSEN have partnered with the Department of Civil Rights to create the Claim Your Rights program, to help everyone understand that they have the right to safer schools. This resource helps students, parents and teachers report incidences of bullying, particularly when schools deny that bullying exists. You can find out more about this vital resource at: http://community.pflag.org/claimyourrights
The GLBTQ Online High School is a safe place where you can get a complete high school education -- and diploma -- from anywhere you have internet access. While public schools still struggle with becoming accepting environments, the GLBTQ Online High School is a safe, affirming place for students wanting a high-quality education. Find out more on their website: glbtqonlinehighschool.com
One of the most important things young people can do when they see bullying is to speak up. Cartoon Network is doing the same by encouraging youth to speak up to stop bullying. They put together this website with great information on what you can do to prevent bullying.
The LGBT Youth Line is a toll-free Ontario-wide peer-support phone line for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning young people in Ontario, Canada. The toll-free number is 1-800-268-9688. The Youth Line also provides online peer-support through e-mail and instant messaging -- just contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Youth Line, visit www.youthline.ca.
Peace First is a national nonprofit that teaches young people the critical skills of conflict resolution, cooperation, and civic engagement. Peace First has launched new national campaign to celebrate young people leading change to create peaceful communities. Five amazing young people between the ages of 8 and 22 will each receive a $50,000, two-year fellowship to recognize their peacemaking work and invest in their leadership.
Given all of the difficult and violent news we have witnessed of late as a nation, the prize offers a more promising way to view young people and celebrate their contributions to society. Winners will be chosen on these key criteria: compassion, courage, and the ability to engage others in creating positive change. Applications are now open and will be accepted through April 12.
Please share this with others so we can tell uplifting and inspiring stories about young people. Go to peacefirst.org/prize to share the prize with a young person you know, or nominate them today!