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Voice4Nations supports anti-bullying efforts to reduce serious and life-threatening effects bullying has on kids and teens at school and in the community.
We strive to raise awareness and reduce the impact of serious issues bullies and those being bullied face, by educating and providing helpful, go-to resources for school programs, educators, parents, and students.
“Children cannot get a quality education if they don't first feel safe at school.”
-Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
“160,000 kids per day do not attend school for fear of being bullied.”
-U.S. Dept. of Justice
“The child who is overweight is the most likely to be bullied.”
-Journal of Pediatrics
Federally collected data reports:
- The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that 20% of students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying nationwide.
- The 2008–2009 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that 28% of students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying nationwide.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
According to stopbullying.gov, bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time. Types of bullying include verbal bullying (teasing, taunting, threatening), social bullying (spreading rumors, damaging reputation, excluding or embarrassing someone), cyber bullying (internet, email, text), and physical bullying (hitting, tripping, pushing, taking or breaking someone's things, and making rude gestures).
HOW WE MAKE AN IMPACT
Voice4Nations is a huge supporter of The Fat Boy Chronicles novel and movie, and strives to promote the story and its authors to assist in numerous anti-bullying efforts. We have had the privilege to attend and film a presentation by co-author Michael Buchanan, as he spoke with elementary through high school students about bullying – what is it, how to respond, and the risks associated. Mr. Buchanan's powerful presentation gave the students a behind the scenes look to gain understanding, as he dug into the story (and child) that inspired The Fat Boy Chronicles.
ABOUT THE FAT BOY CHRONICLES
The Fat Boy Chronicles, written by Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan, is used by middle and high schools around the nation in their anti-bullying and childhood obesity efforts. Told through the English-class journal of 9th grader Jimmy Winterpock, the novel reveals to readers the high school world of a bullied and obese young man who strives to lose weight and win the girl of his dreams.
The book won 2010 Mom's Choice Gold Award and National Parenting Publications 2010 Gold Award for Teens. Such success inspired The Fat Boy Chronicles Movie, which has changed the lives of students all over the nation.
“The Fat Boy Chronicles is a must see and must read for every teacher, parent and student.” -Dr. John Barge, Georgia Superintendent of Schools
GET INVOLVED: How Can You Improve School Achievement and School Climate by Reducing the Effects of Bullying?
The Fat Boy Chronicle authors, Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan have presented at national and state conferences around the country and spoken to students in many states. They are available to meet with students, for school-wide one-reads programs, and community events. Their visits include a full day school visit and an evening screening of the movie for students, parents, educators and members of the community and can be structured to meet specific needs.
To discuss a Program for your school and/or community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information about The Fat Boy Chronicles and program details, download the Resource Guide.