Last night I had the opportunity to present my “Bully Proof Kid” Bullying prevention program to a wonderful group of concerned parents, children, teachers, (even a Hudson Valley Community College student doing a research paper!) at the Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, NY.
What marked the program as special for me was that the people in attendance were truly open to an innovative, “outside of the box” approach to keeping kids safe and “bully proof” without getting trapped in the endless cycle of helpless hopelessness.
I think key to the evening’s success was an article written in the Bethlehem Spotlight by Marcy Velte. Marcy did a really great job at getting the facts right and summing up my program in ways that were clear and understandable.
Here’s a link to the article: http://www.bethlehemspotlight.com/news/2013/jan/24/bully-proof-armor/
I think because of the article showing up just before the program the turnout was excellent despite the record cold temperatures outside.
I was able to share a few of my bullying prevention songs, “Turn It” and “The Power of Words” which you can listen to for free here: Bullying Prevention Songs
I then shared one of the many stories of how I was bullied as a kid and what I did to try to stand up for myself and how in some ways it backfired and in other ways it really helped me to turn one “tormentor” into a friend. I also share how a “bystander” spoke 5 simple words that totally saved my face from having to have reconstructive surgery!
We then got down to work and explored some role playing on how to prevent being a target peacefully and powerfully by changing how we respond to teasing and verbal attacks. Next we shared some “internal bully busters” to move our bodies and change our internal thoughts and pictures so that we radiate quiet, confident, peaceful power and stay able to respond resourcefully.
We finished up the program with my song, “Together We Can Change The World” and I spent the next 30 minutes or so answering questions.
My sincere thanks to the Bethlehem Public Library, (Delmar NY) Youth Services Director, Michelle Waldenmaier and the rest of the library staff for being supportive and making the event possible!
If you ahve any questions about bringing “The Bully Proof Kid” to your library or school please feel free to call me at 203-804-1208 or just use the handy form below and I’ll contact you!