While attending the first Gay-Straight Alliance meeting of the school year on Sep. 18, a fellow student at my high school, Kelsey, told me about a video from the website allout.org. As the number of bullying awareness initiatives increases across the country, many organizations such as allout.org are developing activities that guide educators, parents, students, and citizens in their fight against this national epidemic. The result was a video as a part of the “Going All Out” Campaign.
Tiara’s actions just go to show that taking a stand against bullying is as simple as being inspired to act, getting a little guidance from great friends and teachers, and pouring a lot of passion into that which you are doing. Hopefully Tiara, Kelsey and Jessica’s actions will be the inspiration for you to act up against bullying!
A little bit about Tiara, Kelsey & Jessica:
Tiara is a 17 year old senior at Delsea Regional High School in Franklinville, NJ. She is involved in many clubs and activities such as theater, dance, the National Art Honor Society, YODA (Youth Organized for Disaster Assistance), and the Delta Eta Sigma service fraternity. Other than making the “Going All Out” bullying video for her high school, her greatest memories – by far – involve volunteering for her community and helping those in need. Tiara is looking forward to go to college to study English and Communications. Her dream job is to work in New York City for a major magazine publisher.
Kelsey Romeo is a 17 year old senior at Delsea Regional High School in Franklinvillle, NJ. She is involved in many activities at her school including the Key Club, the school musicals, the Delsea Marching Band (Color Guard Captain), and her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (Co-Student Leader). After she graduates, Kelsey plans on majoring in acting to receive her BFA. She then wants to attend graduate school to get a master’s in Theater Education.
Dr. Jessica Ippolito has been an English teacher at Delsea Regional High School in Franklinville, NJ since 1995. For the past seven years she has been serving as the volunteer adviser for the Gay-Straight Alliance. The motto of the GSA, “Educate and Advocate,” is one that runs through all of their meetings and projects. Along with monthly activities, Delsea’s GSA students also participate in the national Day of Silence, they create a front-lobby display for LGBT History month, have created the video/Facebook campaign “Names CAN Hurt Me,” they attend the annual James Wheeler Youth Panel at the Equality Forum in Philadelphia, and have raised close to $4,000 in the past three years for the charitable organization, The Gabriel Project.
In the summer of 2011, Dr. Ippolito founded the international social experiment http://www.handsupthepose.com which is now an organization where people around the world can help charities earn donations from sponsors by just putting their hands up in pictures.
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Inspiring! So now that you have seen what others have done, write in and let us know what YOU have done!