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Fort Lauderdale group NVEEE launches anti-bullying website by and for teens

TeensForBullyingPrevention.org is a project of Fort Lauderdale-based anti-bullying group NVEEE, the National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment.
TeensForBullyingPrevention.org is a project of Fort Lauderdale-based anti-bullying group NVEEE, the National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment.

Fort Lauderdale-based anti-bullying group NVEEE (National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment) has launched a website in time for National Anti-Bullying Month.

The website, www.TeensForBullyingPrevention.org, was developed by 30 young people chosen from NVEEE’s Youth Advisory Council or NVEEE’s Peace Ambassador Program, according to Jowharah Sanders, the group’s founder and executive director.

The site includes tips on coping, confronting and standing up to bullying, Sanders said in a news release.

“By sharing personal stories and giving tips of how to deal with general bullying, but also more specific types like racial and ethnic bullying, girl-to-girl bullying, anti-LGBTQ bullying, and body image issues, they have created a safe space with digital relatability where there is no judgment and no name calling. It’s pretty inspiring actually” Sanders said.

The website is funded by a grant from Be a STAR, WWE's anti-bullying initiative, and The Miami Foundation’s Community Grants program.

Here’s the complete news release:

National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment (NVEEE), a national organization aimed at preventing bullying, suicide and school violence, kicks off National Anti-Bullying Month with the October 7th launch of a innovative website www.TeensForBullyingPrevention.org (http://www.teensforbullyingprevention.org/)developed by teens, for teens that are affected by bullying, self harm, and/or suicide ideation. The content, including tips on coping, confronting and standing up to bullying, was developed by 30 hand picked students who participate in either NVEEE’s Youth Advisory Council or NVEEE’s Peace Ambassador Program.

“By sharing personal stories and giving tips of how to deal with general bullying, but also more specific types like racial and ethnic bullying, girl-to-girl bullying, anti-LGBTQ bullying, and body image issues, they have created a safe space with digital relatability where there is no judgment and no name calling. It’s pretty inspiring actually” states Jowharah Sanders, Executive Director of NVEEE.”

Also included on the site will be scholarship and grant opportunities, resources and helpline numbers, ways to submit stories of students being upstanders, as well as listing service opportunities where other students can now join in on workshops and monthly activities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

The website, funded by a grant provided by Be a STAR, WWE's anti-bullying initiative and The Miami Foundation’s Community Grants program, will play an integral part of NVEEE’s mission to prevent bullying, violence, and suicide among youth, families and communities through direct service, mentoring and prevention education. Through the grant, students have the necessary platform to be trained as NVEEE Peace Ambassadors in the efforts to prevent bullying, and to take that knowledge back to their communities to take action as upstanders instead of bystanders. Through NVEEE’s “Be Upstanding” Bullying and Suicide Prevention Program, a program which has been widely successful in South Florida schools, students saw a need for a centralized information hub relative to families and teens affected by bullying.

About NVEEE

NVEEE is a community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent bullying, violence, and suicide among youth, families and communities through direct service, mentoring and prevention education. Education is an essential component of how NVEEE engages families and communities in moving towards social change. In six years, NVEEE has reached over 23,000 students, parents, educators and administrators through its signature “Be Upstanding” School-wide Bullying & Harassment Prevention Program.

About Be a STAR

Founded by WWE and developed in partnership with The Creative Coalition, the Be a STAR anti-bullying initiative stands for Show Tolerance And Respect and its mission is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness. Be a STAR promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals.

About The Miami Foundation

Established in 1967, The Miami Foundation uses civic leadership, community investment and philanthropy to improve the quality of life for everyone who calls Greater Miami home. We inform our work using the civic issues and solutions explored the Our Miami Report. To learn more about the various ways we can assist with philanthropic giving and advancing civic change, visit miamifoundation.org and ourmiami.org.

Steve Rothaus: 305-376-3770, @SteveRothaus

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