We’ve had a ton going on behind the scenes these past few months and I’m super excited to share these updates with you guys.
1. As you may have noticed in the sidebar on the right, we are now partners with and proudly supporting Submit the Documentary. You may remember that we did a review of the film before it came out last March. If you didn’t get a chance to read our review, you can find it here. Submit the Documentary, the film, is an extraordinary look into cyber bullying. Equally as wonderful, the website serves as a fantastic resource, providing information on how to go about reporting cyber bullying. Go to the links to see what I’m talking about and click here to find out about viewing the documentary.
2. Melissa Wardy, of Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies and Brave Girls Want, recently emailed us to see if MyKindnessCounts.com would be interested in partnering with Brave Girls Want as part of the newly formed Brave Girls Alliance. This is something we’re super excited about. The Brave Girls Alliance is a powerhouse think tank and advocacy group of all-stars in the girl power space designed to aggregate our communities and our voices so that corporations, media creators, and retailers can understand how important it is to send out positive, empowering message for and about girls. Starting on 10/11, the UN’s International Day of the Girl, Brave Girls Want will be flashing girl-positive messages for 7 days on the jumbotron in Times Square. Awesome!
3. You may know that while in Connecticut, I served on the Board of GLSEN Connecticut. For those of you who aren’t familiar, GLSEN is The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. It’s a national organization aimed at creating safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. What’s really exciting is that Tucson also has a chapter and I’m now serving as Volunteer Coordinator on the Board of GLSEN Tucson. I’ve been a huge supporter of GLSEN for years, so I’m really excited to get involved in the community here. I’ve actually already attended a meeting to brainstorm ideas on a Trans-themed workshop for teachers and educators here in the city. If you’re interested in finding a GLSEN chapter in your state, let me know!
4. Outside of my work with GLSEN, I also serve on the Board of It Can Happen Here, a volunteer-based movement committed to reducing violence in our country by inspiring others to take action in their own hometowns and on the national level in the areas of bullying, education, gun safety, mental healthcare, parenting and poverty. I, of course, mostly deal with the issue of bullying, but my interests also fall into the education, mental healthcare, and parenting areas as well. What’s really exciting is that we’ve created a group called the ICHH Teen Coalition, which as of right now, is a Facebook group. The ICHH Teen Coalition was established to unite the youth of our nation around the issue of violence prevention. I’ve been put in charge of leading this group, so if any of you guys are interested in working with us, please let me know or go here and sign up!
5. MyKindnessCounts.com is now an official “Champion Against Bullying” on PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center‘s website. You can find us next to the Arizona tab (since we recently moved from CT to AZ). What’s really cool about PACER is that they’ve organized and listed a bunch of anti-bullying initiatives and activities that are promoting Anti-Bullying Month, October 2013. We’re really honored to be included with all of these other incredible organizations. Check out PACER’s website for a ton of awesome resources and information about bullying in the United States.
I think that’s it for now! We may have a few more partnerships coming within the next few weeks, so I’ll update as those come to fruition. If you have any questions, or would like more info, let me know!