People Magazine, CNN, Novi Community News . . . You pick the news outlet. It’s impossible to ignore; bullying has hit an all time high with our youth, with the unconscionable torment forcing kids to take their life. We must put a stop to it.
According to statistics from Family First Aid, about 30 percent of teenagers in the U.S. have been involved in bullying, either as a bully or as a victim of teenage bullying. According to the American Medical Association on a study of over 15,000 6th-10th graders estimates more than 3.5 million youths engage in bullying activity and more than 1 million are victims of moderate or serious bullying each year.
I’m proud to be part of the Novi, MI community where students, teachers, and community leaders are coming together on October 20th in support of ‘National Bullying Prevention Day’, by wearing pink.
Why Pink? “In 2007, two high schools senior did what they thought was a simple thing. They stood up for a fellow student – a freshman boy – who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The two sponsors bought a bunch of pink shirts, handed them out and texted their friends to wear pink. The next day the entire student body was wearing pink.” (Novi News, Oct 14th, 2010)
In tandem with the Novi community rallying support to prevent bullying, Paragon Leadership International would like to challenge every CEO within the United States to engage their future leaders in joining the cause and putting a stop to bullying.
For the first CEO to respond to this challenge, Paragon will offer a TeamKAL to a group of up to 12 students ages 11 and up from within the organization’s community. TeamKAL is a community initiative Paragon developed to encourage kids to take an interest in community efforts while learning about leadership and teamwork. If the organization arranges the location, handles the logistics, and covers any travel expense, Paragon will provide a TeamKAL at no charge, although a donation toward a National Bullying Prevention organization under the organization’s name is recommended in lieu of any payment toward Paragon’s time and services.
Help us, help our kids. Be the first CEO to take our challenge!
Janice Krupic, President and CEO of Paragon Leadership International