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For the 2015-2016 school year, the NYC Department of Education has designated February 9-12, 2016 as Respect for All (RFA) Week in all NYC public schools. During this week, schools will have opportunities to highlight and build upon ongoing diversity programs and curriculum-based instruction. Schools will also have opportunities to embark upon new initiatives that promote respect for diversity and engage students in meaningful lessons and/or other activities that focus on preventing bias-based harassment, intimidation and/or bullying.
The Bureau of Children, Youth, and Families has released two new videos on NYC Teen that feature two young adults, Joseph and Amanda, who share their journey about coming to terms with their own sexual identity and finding self-acceptance. Their stories speak to all youth and let others know that even through tough times, there is hope and help. All the videos (on topics such as bullying, anger, stress, dating violence, etc.) on NYC Teen have educational materials that teens and adults that work with them can access, including fact sheets, quizzes, polls, and resource guides. There is a direct and secure e-mail address for LIFENET that teens can use in addition to calling 1-800-LifeNet for support.
To Prevent Bullying the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched KnowBullying - a free smartphone app that provides parents, caretakers, educators, and others information and support to address youth bullying. The KnowBullying mobile app, developed in collaboration with the federal partnership StopBullying.gov is available for iPhone and Android users. Key features include: * How to start a conversation with a child about bullying * How to prevent bullying for ages 3-6, 7-13, and older teens * How to recognize whether bullying is affecting a child * How and when to talk with children about bullying issues * Getting advice and support through social media-Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and text messages * Educator-focused strategies for preventing bullying in the classroom and supporting children who are being bulliedDownload the KnowBullying app and the promotional postcard and flyer .Learn about more resources at StopBullying.gov.
PACER Center’s Bullying Prevention Project (including a focus on children with special needs)
PACER has partnered with Facebook to create a practical Student Event Toolkit that will make it easier to hold events in your school or community. This step-by-step guide will help you plan, promote, and execute a variety of events throughout the year using Facebook tools.
Parents play a key role in preventing and responding to bullying. If you know or suspect that your child is involved in bullying, here are resources that may help. Resources for the Community from stopbullying.gov include:
Bullying can be prevented, especially when the power of a community is brought together. Community-wide strategies can help identify and support children who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors in peer groups, schools, and communities.
The Bullying Prevention Training Module Presentation is a research-based resource that can help you lead bullying prevention efforts in your local community. The Community Action Toolkit includes materials to create a community event using the research, ideas and bullying prevention and response strategies that are in the Training Module. Also available is a Understanding the Roles of Parents and Caregivers in Community-Wide Bullying Prevention Efforts.
Prevent Cyberbullying Parents and kids can prevent cyberbullying. Together, they can explore safe ways to use technology.
BRYCS provides national technical assistance to organizations serving refugee and immigrants. BRYCS multiple resources that can assist educators in providing support to immigrant and refugee children.
CAMBA's Project Accept LGBT Youth Project Aly uses stories of acceptance from parents/families of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth in Brooklyn to change underlying causes of HIV infection among this highly at-risk group.
The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the nation's only pan-Asian children's advocacy organization, aims to improve the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children and families in New York City.
The Hetrick Martin Institute provides a safe and supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families. Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin’s staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.
The InterCultural Forum brings religious and cultural diversity workshops into U.S. public, private, and faith-based high schools. ICF’s approach is dynamic, innovative, and very hands-on. Our goal is to make a meaningful contribution to social cohesion by encouraging an appreciation of the positive and valuable contribution people of all cultures, faiths and beliefs make to local and global communities.
Islamic Network Group (ING) offers youth workshops for Muslim parents and youth, grades 7-12 and college-age. ING provides workshops based on the ING Youth program that include the following topics:
The Muslim Community Network develops the capacity of Muslim New Yorkers and their allies to fully participate in the social and political landscape of New York City.
Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays of NYC offers materials for parents of gay children and anyone who wants to understand LGBT issues better.
stopbullying.gov - Schools and communities that respect diversity can help protect children against bullying behavior. However, when children perceived as different are not in supportive environments, they may be at a higher risk of being bullied.
The Sikh Coalition is a community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people. In particular, we work towards a world where Sikhs may freely practice and enjoy their faith while fostering strong relations with their local community wherever they may be.
Teaching Tolerance webinars offer helpful guidance and great ideas, from our highly experienced teaching and learning specialists and from other educators in the Teaching Tolerance community. These on-demand webinars support practices that can help reduce prejudice, improve intergroup relationships and promote equitable experiences for all students. Watch them at your own pace, and share them with colleagues!
Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry
The Trevor Project offers LGBTQ students various kinds of support. The Trevor Suicide Prevention Lifeline 866-488-7386 is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect with a trained volunteer counselor who is ready to listen. On Ask Trevor you can ask non-urgent questions about sexual orientation and gender identity and receive answers from trained volunteers.
Unity Production Foundation creates and provides media to educate about Muslim culture, diversity, and practices. UPF can work with Islamic centers, Mosques, and even educational institutions to host screenings and events dedicated to fighting Islamophobia.
GirlsHealth.gov - (Office of Women's Health) - If you've ever been the target of harsh and unkind words, you know how hurtful it can be. This section of girlshealth.gov gives you the low-down on bullying among girls, which is more common than you might think.
What is Bullying? - No matter what situation or form it comes in, bullying can make you feel depressed, hurt, and alone. So It's My Life put together this guide to give you all the basics of dealing with bullying. (age 9-12)
New York City Resource Guide for Teenage Victims of Family Domestic Violence and Dating Violence, compiled by the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, is an excellent resource for students that includes hotline numbers and an index of organizations by borough.