The Issue: Lasting Repercussions of School Bullying
28% of students aged 12–18 stated that they had been bullied at school in the previous six months in a 2007 report by the National Center for Education Statistics. Of these students, 25% dealt with bullying once or twice a month.
Bullying can have lasting effects even many years later, such as low self-esteem, isolation, aggression, and issues with trust and anger control.
The Campaign: Hosting Bullying Prevention Program
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Buster Mathis Foundation can bring its four-week Bully Buster preventative program to four classrooms. Although many antibullying and nonviolence prevention programs target middle-school students, this program will be held at elementary schools in West Michigan, reaching students from kindergarten through fifth grade to help curb bullying and violence from an earlier age. Each additional $100 raised will be used to bring the Bully Buster program to another classroom.
Buster Mathis Foundation
In 1995, Buster Mathis Jr. was a heavyweight world contender, and fought the legendary Mike Tyson. But as a child, he was bullied because he was overweight. Mathis's foundation, Buster Mathis Foundation, provides support for foster children and those at risk for being bullied, and it is modeled from principles he learned from his father, who was also a boxing heavyweight contender who fought against Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Through the organization's Bully Buster preventative program, Mathis and his staff help fight bullying by empowering children to condition themselves against violence at an early age.
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