Today is the official Authors Against Bullying day, started by author Mandy Roth and author Yasmine Galenorn. This idea was inspired by Canadian teenager, Amanda Todd, who posted a video to YouTube before committing suicide. Her video has been taken down, but there is an image on the Internet of her holding a sign that says, “I have nobody. I need someone.”
My contribution to this cause is to showcase a great organization, Wake Up Nation: Rise Above Hate. Through this organization, students become the authors to their own anti-bullying message.
Check out this kid in the beginning of the video.
This group of young men go around to elementary and middle schools to perform their own, original rap music that discourages hate and encourages social acceptance in order to eradicate bullying. Some of the young men in the group come into classrooms the day of the assembly and teach students how to create their own rap songs about acceptance. All the while, the students learn vocabulary, rhyme and other elements of poetry.
Poetry in motion, my friends.
And remember to comment on all the blogs below who are also participating in Authors Against Bullying. Extra big and special thanks to Mandy Roth and Yasmine Galenorn. You all are great ladies! xo