Happy New Year from all of us at JersVision.org and The International Day of Pink (April 10, 2013)!
This message may seem belated (as you are receiving it mid-January), but our office has been extremely busy! Our teams have been running anti-bullying workshops at schools every weekday and all over Canada since we got back from the break.
Last week, while Cameron and Hannah were running workshops all over Ottawa, Ontario (check out their adventures here), I was in Vancouver, British Columbia. After speaking at a school on how to address homophobia & transphobia with students in grades 6 & 7, an eleven-year-old girl approached me and said: “We get a lot of anti-bullying messages at our school, and they all say the same thing: ‘Don’t bully!’, but your message was different—it was actually meaningful and has made a difference at my school.”
I wish you could have seen the stunned expression on both mine and the school board equity consultant faces’. To hear something so well-articulated and honest from someone so young made us feel amazing! Before walking away she added that she would start making difference right now.
Later on that week I also spoke to over 600 students in grades 8, 9 and 10 at a secondary school in Vancouver. A teacher told his Vice-Principal: “Their presentation was an act of God. To keep the attention of that many students—in an era of cell phones, games, and texting…it is almost impossible to keep the attention of that many kids for 90 minutes. Jeremy didn’t have any bells, whistles, videos or PowerPoint…it was just him, and you could hear a pin drop. They didn’t just hear his message of anti-bullying—they understood it. We have seen the changes he made with the older grades, which saw him a few years ago. That is why we brought him back.”
Today, we are holding the Dare to Stand Out Conferences: BC & Yukon Edition with over 200 students. As part of our national series of educational and training events (more info here), youth will be learning how to challenge bullying, discrimination, homophobia and transphobia, as well as tools to make their school a safer and better place. I will definitely update you on what students take back to their schools as action items.
Over the next few months, we will be:
- Running our Alberta, Ontario Centre, Maritime & Ontario South Dare to Stand Out (registration is still open!)
- Gearing up for The International Day of Pink (April 10, 2013)—Get your FREE supplies now! Order you T-Shirts NOW to get them on Time!
- Hosting our 8th Annual Gala—Save the Date on Facebook NOW!
- Speaking at the Edmonton Youth Symposium, Churches, Algonquin Colleges, Encounters with Canada, and so much more! Not to mention daily programs in schools in every province in Canada!
As our way of saying thank you to YOU for all your support, we are also partnering with local events all over Canada to give away more free tickets (promote your event by emailing Info@JersVision.org).
Enter NOW to win tickets by emailing RSVP@JersVision.org with your name, phone number & desired event:
- Nature Nocturne, a dance party and more at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Friday, Jan 25 at 8pm. More info!
- Rae Spoon, an unforgettable evening, at the National Arts Centre, Saturday, Jan 26, at 7:30. More info!
- My Darling Valentino, a concert of love songs, at First Baptist Church, Sunday, Feb 17 at 3pm. More info!
- Also, want an iPad? Check out this cool contest to promote youth sexual health and education!
We are always looking for amazing people to get involved, donate (please help us get out to schools on our waiting lists) & make a difference, so stay in touch (Facebook, Twitter & Blog)!