For the past two years, Children’s Aid Society’s Community Schools Middle School Youth Council has been addressing the serious problem of bullying in their schools with youth facilitated events and workshops. They screened and discussed the film Bully with director Lee Hirsch, provided town halls within their schools and met with elected officials to express their concerns. This year they have armed themselves with data, utilizing both qualitative and quantitative research methods to support their work.
After collecting over 500 surveys and interviewing their peers, they have realized they are entrenched in an epidemic. Of the students surveyed, 46.2% of respondents said that bullying has a big impact on their school. The majority of students express that young people are bullied because of appearance (67.5%) and race (42.4%). Likewise, 67% of students reported that school staffs either do not stop the bullying or unaware that it is happening.
This is perhaps the most alarming statistic. The youth leaders in Community Schools aim to help adults to understand the severity of this problem. They also hope that policymakers can consider their experiences when assessing city funding for mental health and out of school time programming.
The Youth Council has created a video to represent their findings. This video will premier in the Green Room at the Barnes and Noble at 150 E 86th Street near Lexington Avenue, NYC on Wednesday, May 23rd at 4:30PM followed by discussion for parents, high school students, educators, administrators and policy makers.
This event will also be part of a fundraiser for Children's Aid. A portion of the proceeds from all books bought on this day in the 86th Street Barnes and Noble store will be donated to The Children's Aid Society. A portion of the proceeds from online purchases from May 23rd to May 25th using the Book Fair code #10711901 will also be donated to Children's Aid.
This event is part of a Children's Aid Society fundraiser with Barnes and Noble.
All are welcome to attend the movie premier and discussion forum. Please rsvp to Stacey Campo at firstname.lastname@example.org.