Meet Bria and Chrissy, two young women who not only are immensely talented, but also a powerful social-rights promoting couple. Cool, right?  I was introduced to their music via a Facebook anti-bullying group and they were kind enough to do a post for us!  I just love their confidence and what they stand for.  They recently recorded an anti-bullying song and I’m so glad they were willing to have me promote it on MKC.

Here is what they’d like to say to MyKindnessCounts.com:

BriaAndChrissy are a lesbian duo who are dating each other, we make videos to inspire change,  so we address multiple issues. Bria is 26, from Atlanta, Georgia and Chrissy is 22 from Clinton, Mississippi, we both currently live in Atlanta. We are fighting many fights, but we have a large part of our hearts in the LGBT struggle. We began our videos responding to the Chick-Fil-A issue and started gaining a small following; from there we were inspired to help make a difference in the world, and the video ideas started flowing.

Bullying is never ok, whether it is toward the gay youth or the straight, and we specifically generalized our anti-bully video to reiterate that bullying is never ok.  We hope we can inspire people through music, we have so much passion in what we are doing and we hope people see that and feel the desire to spread the same passion. 

Check out BriaAndChrissy on Twitter and YouTube :)

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On this site, we like to shine a spotlight on the fantastic anti-bullying initiatives young people are taking on around the world. I came across 13-year old rising star, Karlee Roberts, through PopBeatsBullying.org. Besides acting and signing, one of Karlee’s passions is speaking out against bullying. Last year, Karlee even created a video for her song, “Call Me Whatever”, which you can buy on iTunes. Word of Karlee’s anti-bullying efforts have been spreading among the anti-bullying community, so we reached out and asked her to do a post for MyKindnessCounts.com. Check out Karlee’s video and story below!
PS. I know we have some big Demi Lovato fans around here — watch Karlee’s version of Skyscraper at the end of this post! :) Karlee is one super talented girl!

Nerd, Cheerleader, Guidette, Sporty, Classy, Hipster, Goth… Yup! That’s me! I’m Karlee Roberts, a thirteen-year-old actress/singer with a passion for spreading anti-bullying awareness.

I released my first original song “Call Me Whatever” about name-calling in hopes to relate to other kids my age who have experienced bullying. The music video features seven different stereotypes. Each one is special and not one of them is better than the other. “Can’t you see we’re all the same within?”

I wanted to express the emotions I felt about bullying by writing a poem and that’s when I realized, it wasn’t just me being bullied. I decided I would turn the poem into a song and then created a music video to go along with it. I hoped that I could give victims a voice and let them know that they aren’t alone.

“Call Me Whatever” is meant to build confidence in victims and inform bystanders and bullies. This cause is personally important to me because I’ve witnessed so many different kinds of bullying. Alienation, indirect, intimidation, name-calling, cyber-bullying… sometimes you are being bullied and you don’t even realize it! No matter what, being bullied never makes you feel good. Feeling insecure can be a very dark and lonely time.

My goal is to make 2012 and the years to come bully-free. Using the power of music, I tour all over the world to spread awareness. My fans have become one giant support system. It means the world when they reach out and share stories that they’ve listened to “Call Me Whatever” after they’ve had a rough day. Knowing that my music inspired them to get through it with confidence is the reason why I love making music.

Anyone can help! Every year I hold the “Call Me Whatever” poster contest where kids can express how they feel about bullying through their artwork just as I have. This year, I am also starting a “Geek Keek of the Week” where kids can make videos in response to my keeks to promote social acceptance.

It’s an honor to team up with great organizations like My Kindness Counts to educate and empower young people to be proud of who they are and let them know that they are not alone. Let’s stop bullying together!

 

Karlee Roberts Official Website
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Find Karlee Roberts on Facebook
Watch Karlee’s videos on YouTube

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Meet Katelyn!!

June 21st, 2012 | Posted by Jessica in Your Voices - (0 Comments)

Meet Katelyn!!

Watch Katelyn’s awesome anti-bullying YouTube music video she created with a friend to take a stand against bullying!

This website has opened my eyes and mind to many things. I would like to say that we are all here for a reason, God has a plan for us. No matter what you go through, God is always with you.. If you believe otherwise than think this way: Someone in the world is feeling EXACTLY how you are feeling, right now.. Crazy right? But true. I try, every chance I get, to stand against bullying and aganist things that are not fair. I realized my purpose on this earth was to help others through troubled times — the same things I went through. Being a victim of a bullying, Is NOT fun.. But if you stay strong and remember that no one’s judgement counts other than Gods, you will be fine. God bless you all –Katelyn

Thanks for allowing me to share your video, Katelyn.  I love all the little notes to the viewers: “We know what it feels like to be knocked down so many times by what other people say.”, “You’re not alone, there are so many people who go through it too.”, and “Keep your head held high.” Katelyn wants to continue making changes in people’s lives and share her stories with other high schools to take a stand against bullying.

Well done, girls!!  Great job using both of your experiences to take a stand and choosing to support others! <3

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Happy Thursday! I hope you’re having a good week so far. I recently received an email that I wanted to share with all of you. Megan, a 15 year old from Canada, is a super talented girl who writes and records all her own music. She contacted me last week asking me to share this song and video she recorded with a storyline about bullies and bullying. The best part about Megan and her efforts is that while she’s obviously taking a strong stance against bullying with her song lyrics, she is also impacting, inspiring, and encouraging TONS of young people (as per the comments on her YouTube video and Facebook page), which is what this website is all about. Please read her email below and take a few minutes to watch her video, like her Facebook page, or leave her a comment here. She’s one remarkable young lady and I’m honored to share her efforts against bullying on this website!

Hi, I’m 15 and wrote this because of a personal experience. I did the video myself too. I was not going to let them break me. If it shows that it bothers you, they’ll just do it more. I hope my song will help those that are starting to feel torn down — to rise up! Don’t let anyone make you a victim. They aren’t worth it.

I hope my song will give other kids the power “to look right over their heads”. Because in the end bullying is really about power. Why give anyone that satisfaction over you! I didn’t, and I won’t and I hope more and more kids don’t either.

Megan

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Alyssa Duffy, Will McPherson, Maddie Marino, and Susannah Benjamin are four college students from New Haven,  Connecticut who work as team coaches with an organization called, The Future Project. The Future Project is a really fantastic organization that aims to encourage and inspire teenagers to turn their passions into realities. To do this, college students from around surrounding cities are assigned to work with a small group of students at their local high schools. Together as a team, students and coaches come up with an idea of what they’re passionate about and what they can do to carry out their passions. Alyssa, Will, Maddie, and Susannah’s group of high school students, awesomely named Team SWAG, decided that bullying was what they were most passionate about and to address it, they would create a documentary highlighting this issue. Through countless emails, Alyssa and I have been thinking that it would be really cool to have Team SWAG be a reoccurring subject on MyKindnessCounts, so count on hearing more from these students and their coaches as they create their documentary. In the meantime, read Alyssa’s email below and watch the short video made the students of Team SWAG (Nick V., Alisha, Mallorie, Nick M, and Taylor) to hear them describe why this issue is personally important to them! Really looking forward to hearing more about Team SWAG!

My name is Alyssa Duffy, and I am a junior in college. I am currently part of an organization known as The Future Project. This organization is dedicated to inspiring high school students, helping them find their passions and to turn those passions into projects. I am one of four “coaches” that work with 5 students to make their ideas a reality. Our team, TEAM SWAG, is determined to direct, film and edit a documentary on bullying. We think that a documentary would be a great way to provide a multilateral view of bullying that will increase understanding of why it happens and from a range of perspectives. The students will be interviewing bully victims, bullies and bystanders as well. Each of the 5 students, in our group have a reason for why they are passionate to make this project a success; whether they have personally been bullied, or not. Together we hope to create a “mini-movement” that shows why just in the past few months there have been more than a half dozen suicides, some of whom did not even reach their eleventh birthday. They also plan on having a blog that has pictures and writings that go along with the entire process.

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Spread Love!

March 8th, 2012 | Posted by Jessica in Thoughts | Your Voices - (0 Comments)

Happy (almost) Friday!! I have been SO excited to share this post & video with all of you. I received them from a remarkable girl on Twitter — we’ll call her @SpreadGlitter.  She is an 18 year old from Spain who is on an awesome mission and has a fabulous Twitter name to boot! When @SpreadGlitter first joined Twitter, one thing she became aware of were the number of young people going through really tough times. She decided to contact friends, followers, and other people from around the web and request that they send her images that were meaningful to them regarding bullying, depression, self-harm, and not loving themselves. She then used every single person’s input and put all the images together to create a touching YouTube video. @SpreadGlitter hopes that people realize they are loved and good and that they feel inspired to take time to help other people. Please watch her awesome video and read her testimonial below!

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First of all I wanna thank My Kindness Counts for give me the opportunity to talk about the ‘Spread Love Video’. Ever since I made a Twitter account, I have seen a lot of negative stuff about suffering with things that don’t have importance. It isn’t right and all my people have told me that it isn’t right. Thanks to Miley Cyrus I learned how to ‘Radiate love’ :) That last sentence is so important to me, as it has a real meaning in my actual life.

It’s so important to make people feel good because it also makes you feel good. On Twitter, I’ve seen so many people wanting to commit suicide, cut themselves, and ultimately, hurt themselves. I wanted to end everyone’s pain forever, but I know they have to try hard to say goodbye to the mean things people have said to them. So, I decided to do a video ‘Spread Love Video’ to show love. I know how people who have been bullied feel because I have friends who also have been horribly bullied. I had people who bothered me during a few days but thankfully, I could fix the problem (I feel SO blessed).

I think actually some teachers don’t care about bullying because they don’t get involved at the core of the issue: students. They only wanna finish the day, without care if a student is dying inside. Other times, teachers truly are the only people who can help you, they have power to create a good atmosphere. So, if you have any problem in your class, just let them know, they’ll help you!

I think it’s so important to inculcate (instill) in children’s minds to do good things to help others.  Right now it seems as though kids are like: I give you, you give me, when it should be: I give you, and you say ‘thanks’  We should be nice to everybody!!

In conclusion I want to thank all of you who have taken part in my Spread Love Video.  In the comments section of the ‘Testimonies of people who have faced the bullying or they are doing now’, tell me your your history in a few sentences :)

Stay strong!

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From Casey’s YouTube profile:

“I founded The Kris Snary Project in May of 2011 after Kris passed away. We were both bullied but had different outcomes.
I want to help people avoid his result. The world needs more love.
Talk to me at facebook.com/thekrissnaryproject or on Twitter @CaseyInRealLife”

And Casey’s Testimony:

I met Kris while going to college in a small South-Eastern Ontario city. We had a few mutual friends and it didn’t take long before we were able to talk openly to each other about certain things. Just for the heck of it, I used to call him my gay best friend and I was one of his straight best friends. After Kris moved back to his hometown, we lost touch a lot of the time, something I kick myself for almost every day. Coming home to see his name in Facebook obituary-style statuses on October 17th of 2010 was one of the worst experiences many of us here will never forget. 

The Kris Snary Project was formed months later in an attempt to take on bullying and suicide issues while integrating Kris’ favourite thing in the entire world which was music. In May of 2011, four bands (The Dead Sparrows, Unbound, Fingers X’d and Stealing Patience) gathered at our local pub and we fundraised with a concert for a bursary created in Kris’ name (The Kristofur Edward Snary Memorial Bursary).

The video served as an attempt to reach out to friends, family and strangers alike to try and create a connection with them whether they knew Kris or they were bullied themselves or knew someone else going through something similar. There are two versions; the orignal featuring “Invincible” by Hedley and the newer version featuring “All I Know” by Toronto’s Faint Reflection.

Up next, we have a Toronto rock band, Riots and Revelry, going into the recording studio to create a single for the project in order to keep that musical connection while still remembering why the project was started in the first place; Kris.

I can’t tell anyone at this point how to fix the bullying issue nationwide. That being said, after the experiences of the past year, I will say this:

You can tell a child not to touch a stove in case it is too hot but they will likely continue to do it behind your back until they get burnt.
The same thing goes for bullying. You can tell someone not to bully another but they will likely continue when you’re not looking until they feel the burn.

The Kris Snary Project can be found online at http://www.facebook.com/thekrissnaryproject

After such a great post in which Casey talks about The Kris Snary Project, her last sentence really made me stop and think. I would gather that the majority of people in this world know it is not okay to bully others and that it’s not okay to be mean to others, but people still do and they still are. So really, why does it continue? Are there not enough consequences for people who bully others? While laws are getting tougher, should lawmakers start cracking down on individuals who bully/harass/torment others no matter where the bullying takes place, who it offends, or what the bullying entails? Does the fact that Casey’s friend was gay change the degree of punishment or change the way people feel punishment should be handled- does it make the ‘making fun’ of someone okay? I certainly hope not, but are there people out there who would disagree with me? I’m sure there are.  Let’s continue to stand up for what’s right and let’s continue to stand up against bullying no matter WHO the bully or victim is or what they themselves stand for.

What do you guys think? Please comment below!

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Hello,

I would love to be part of this whole website just because I want to inspire kids to stop bullying. I’ve been bullied before and I might know how those of you who are getting bullied feel… Its the worst feeling ever, you feel like you just don’t belong. I was bullied in grade four! Just because I didn’t know how to speak english, I just had moved from Portugal to Canada… I only had 3 friends, but those 3 friends were loyal! They tried to talk me into telling a teacher, but I kept saying no because I thought I would get hit by the bully. I thought I’d be beaten up after school… But one day I got fed up and told a teacher who then went to talk to the principal. My friends saved my life because at one point I was already cutting my wrists… I didn’t feel the pain. But getting bullied made me a stronger person!! It is estimated that over 160,000 children miss school everyday because they fear of getting bullied. Bullying occurs in school playgrounds every 7 minutes and once every 25 minutes in class. Thats way to many cases!! Bullying needs to be stopped now. There are kids becoming suicidal just because they don’t feel in, they don’t feel welcome to the group… They feel like they shouldn’t even be here. Kids who are getting bullied also turn to cutting themselves, that is NOT healthy at all!!
As for anti-bullying programs, the programs at schools don’t really help. I mean, they have one presentation a year and thats it. The schools need more presentations about bullying… The presentations now a days just aren’t really affective. If you know anyone who is getting bullied, help them out. You can always take a few minutes to talk to them, make friends with them, make them feel welcome. Talk them into talking to a teacher at school or if its not happening at school, then talk them into talking to his/her parents!!! I made my video to show that you might not really know someone… You might know their name, or simply how old they are or what school they go to, but its certain that you don’t know their stories! Stop bullying now!! Please.

-Jenniferdemusic / @JenniferDeMusic

Jennifer is a 15 year old girl from Toronto, Canada. She has made that YouTube video to help other kids who have been victims of bullying. Jennifer gives GREAT advice to both kids who are being bullied and to kids who are bystanders– if you see someone being bullied, please help them out. Tell the bully to knock it off or take the initiative and tell a teacher or another adult (even anonymously if you have to). If you’re afraid to do it yourself, get a bunch of friends to do go tell a teacher with you. Believe it or not, you could save a life by just using your voice to stick up for others.

Please check out her amazing YouTube channel here and you can follow her on Twitter here :)  Thanks, Jennifer!!

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