Bullying Awareness Resonates in South Florida
After an inspiring weekend, NVEEE, a national anti-bullying organization, announces an encore of the
“Be Upstanding” Bullying & Suicide Prevention Summit
(October 23, 2014, Miami, FL) – Due to the success of last Saturday’s 2nd Annual “Be Upstanding” Bullying and Suicide Prevention Summit, National Voices for Education, Equality and Enlightenment (NVEEE) announced today the addition of another student-led Summit for community leaders, parents, teachers and high schoolers to occur on Saturday, November 15, at Florida International University (FIU).
The weekend kicked off with the “Be Upstanding” VIP Reception completely sponsored by the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbor, which included included a stunning showcase of anti-bullying art created by high school students in Miami-Dade Public Schools. Select students were provided the opportunity to share how NVEEE has impacted their lives and how they planned to pay it forward, starting with participating as panelists the next morning.
Sponsored by NVEEE, Kaufman, Rossin & Co., FIU Honor’s College, and a grant provided by the Be a STAR anti-bullying initiative (founded by the WWE and the Creative Coalition), the anti-bullying Summit covered the many sensitive, yet pertinent topics and varied viewpoints of NVEEE’s own Peace Ambassadors, who were recently trained during a Summer leadership conference on best practices in bullying prevention and intervention. Topics included cyber-bullying, social alienation, bullying based on socio-economic status, suicide prevention, girl-to-girl bullying, racial and ethnic bullying, and how to emerge as leaders even before reaching the College/University level. One panelist in particular, Vanisha (Sasha) Nair, received a roaring applause when she explained how she is a High School Senior and College Junior at the same time. These Ambassadors came from across the US to share their messages of peace, acceptance and ways to be an upstander vs. a bystander. The audience of teens, parents and teachers were presented with inspiring anecdotes, statistics, criminal implications and impressively open dialog in regards to a subject that has almost certainly touched everyone’s life- especially in today’s socially connected world.
“Our Summit brings the topic of bullying front and center, “ states Jowharah Sanders, Founder and Executive Director of NVEEE. “Through our free events, we provide an open forum for educators, children and parents to speak candidly, without judgement, about a subject that most definitely touches them on a daily basis. It may not always be what parents want to hear but the fact that the three hottest topics where sexting, cyber-bullying and gender and orientation based bullying, speaks volumes as to what our students are facing daily. It was a shocking eye opener for many parents, and a gut wrenching confirmation for others.”
Undoubtedly the November 15 “Be Upstanding” Summit will touch on these topics and more as we continue to provide the community with resources and ways to be empowered as UPstanders. To register your school to attend, contact info@NVEEE.org or call 954.866.5880 for more information.
NVEEE is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in October 2009 with a mission to prevent bullying, violence and suicide among youth families and communities through direct service, mentoring and prevention education. NVEEE has reached nearly 20,000 teachers, students, parents, and community leaders through its Mentoring Program, Peace Ambassador Program, After School Program, and its signature “Be Upstanding” School-wide Bullying Prevention Program.
Headquartered in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, with offices in Miami, NVEEE directly impacts the South Florida community, and now their work is expanding to communities in California, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico.