Nationwide, about 20% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying, and every day, 160,000 kids skip school because of bullying. Sadly, almost 70% of students believe schools respond poorly to bullying and find adult help infrequent and ineffective.
Solutions to bullying are not simple; bullying prevention approaches that show the most promise address the problem from many angles. Solutions involve the entire school community and their families, including administrators, teachers, bus drivers, nurses, and even cafeteria and front office staff.
Interestingly, zero tolerance and expulsion are not effective approaches, but creating a culture of respect is effective. Bystanders who intervene on behalf of kids being bullied also make a huge difference.
Studies also have shown that adults, including parents, can help prevent bullying by keeping the lines of communication open, talking to their children about bullying, encouraging them to do what they love, modeling kindness and respect, and encouraging them to get help when they are involved in bullying or know others who need help.
Growing up, I experienced bullying that left scars, which cannot be seen. It took years (decades) for me to finally get to a place where I could talk about it, and now, a place where I can help drive awareness for anti-bullying.
A few weeks ago, I shared my story for the first time publicly, during my first inaugural Kindness Kures event. My mission with Kindness Kures is to raise funds to support anti-bullying programs that are available for our local school systems. The organization I chose to align this first event with is the Ability Awareness Project. As a father who was once bullied himself, this organization is near and dear to my heart; they are a locally based organization that has a variety of programs that address bullying and those involved.
The first annual Kindness Kures Fall Benefit featured a wine tasting tournament, where guests where educated and entertained while enjoying and learning about wine. We were fortunate to have three fantastic wineries involved as proud partners: Angeline, Caprieux, and Daou.
The winner of the wine tasting tournament won a weekend in a 2020 Karma Revero GT, which was generously provided by Karma Automotive and Karma Newport Beach. A huge thank you to all the Kindness Kures sponsors from the bottom of my heart!
Thank you also to everyone who attended and made the event a huge success; I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!