Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Celebrate Diversity. #StopBullying.

Imagine a world where everyone was the same. It’d be a pretty bland place, right?

So often, we get so caught up in our differences that we forget that they’re what make us unique. It’s important to remember that the things that make someone different from you also provide you with the opportunity to imagine and appreciate what life is like in someone else’s shoes. So when you meet someone who has traits that you don’t share—different hair/skin color, braces, freckles, disability, etc.—celebrate those differences. Don’t be a bully. Choose to be a friend first.

As we kick off Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, take a moment to understand why this month was created and is still necessary today:

3.2 million students are bullied each year.

160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.

43% of teens have been victims of cyberbullying.

These numbers are staggering, and are a direct result of too many students using differences among them as a way of dividing people from each other rather than unifying them. So take the pledge this month to see the beauty in uniqueness. Pledge to stop bullying and be a friend first. Girl Scouts around the nation have, and through various activities offered in our BFF program, they’re speaking out and becoming peacemakers, one healthy relationship at a time.

Join us!