Shine The Light On was created to be a platform for people around the world to share their story and how they have been impacted by mental health. Each quarter we select a new story to feature and create a clothing collection around it.
This quarter we are working with Boo2Bullying. Boo2Bullying (B2B) is a youth empowerment organization whose mission is to eradicate bullying, intolerance and discrimination. Ongoing and unchecked, bullying can lead to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide among children and teenagers.
Our nonprofit organization was launched in 2011 after Dimitri Halkidis learned that one of his young relatives had committed suicide in response in bullying. Devastated by the news and determined to make a difference, Dimitri joined with actress Cassie Scerbo and other artists and visionaries who had also been bullied and wanted to use their social platform to take action to stop bullying.
B2B programs are free, interactive and age-appropriate for youth in grades K-12. Our educational content and inspirational messages are delivered locally in school assemblies and online nationally through videos and testimonials by volunteers and celebrity Ambassadors. B2B teen assemblies feature music, guest/celebrity speakers, and time for students to talk openly to each other and react to video and drama situations with anti-bullying messages.
During the 2019-20 school year before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we directly impacted 20,000 students and additional youth and adults in school assemblies and community outreach events, and many thousands more on our social media platforms. Boo2Bullying’s goal for the 2020 – 2021 school year is to serve even more children and teenagers, despite the uncertainties associated with the coronavirus, and to introduce a new elementary school program called C.A.P.E Nation.
With generous support from our funding partners, we look forward to resuming B2B multi-media presentations in classrooms and auditoriums as soon as coronavirus restrictions are lifted. Meanwhile, Boo2Bullying is simultaneously ramping up our online video content and inspirational celebrity testimonials that are available to youth, parents and school officials on B2B social media platforms.
As a corporate partner of B2B, Shine The Light On is committed to:
…helping students open up and share their frustration and darkest thoughts and engage in healing dialogue with those who bully them.
…helping youth in our local community and beyond gain a healthy self-image as they learn to accept diversity, speak their truth, and be aspirational role models for their peers.
…helping us teach these students how to stop bullying before it leads a child to a fateful decision they can’t reverse…and we lose them forever.
…helping create safe learning environments and schools where students have a positive attitude and a healthy self-esteem.