Be A Buddy Not A Bully empowers kids to Stand Up and Step In; to make collaborative change in their community.
Be A Buddy Not A Bully is a program that motivates kids of all ages to find within themselves, Confidence, Compassion and 20 seconds of Courage. With these 3 C's I believe anyone can Stand Up! and Step In! when they are witness to, or are the victim of bullying. With the majority of bullying still taking place at school, children should feel safe, knowing they are surrounded by a "no-tolerance" environment. Unfortunately, as most kids experience, when they go to an adult they are often told there is "no-tolerance for drama" and as one principal told a girl in Ohio, when she was being bullied about a new haircut, "we need to decide which words hurt us." We do have the choice to decide which words hurt us, but we should also know that there are people who surround us and support us, especially in our times of need. Be A Buddy Not A Bully initiates peers to come together and pledge to themselves and each other, that bullying will no longer be tolerated and that they will Stand Up! and Step In! for each other.