October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and a unique way for L.A. teens to get engaged is now available. L.A. Therapist Stephanie Bien, LMFT, LPCC and co-author of the book “Bully Prevention Tips for Teens: 18 Powerful Ways to Protect Yourself through High School,” just launched the Get it Out! Campaign.
Bien and business partners Stephanie and Ned Jacobs teamed up with Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center to allow high school students to use their creativity to combat bullying. “Students have a strong voice and this is a constructive way to get their thoughts, feelings, ideas and solutions out,” says Bien.
The call will accept varying forms of art, including video, short films, music, essays, poetry, visual art, spoken word and photography. The call for entries is open from October 1-31.
There are two themes to consider upon entering:
1) How can we create a world without bullying?
2) How can we unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion in today’s world?
Some ideas to think about when creating include:
- What steps can you take to create a world without bullying?
- How does your community handle bullying? How could it improve?
- What does a world without bullying look like to you?
The end result should define and depict the following:
Students should also consider the relationship between kindness and cruelty, inclusion and exclusion or acceptance and rejection in relation to bullying prevention. “The aim [of Get it Out!] is to identify pressing issues and engage with high school students to gain insight through commentary and identify solutions,” says Bien.
Visit https://getitoutstudents.com for submission guidelines, including judging criteria, as well as information on the culminating event where finalists will have the opportunity to share their work with the public. You can also follow Bien at https://www.facebook.com/StephanieRBienMFT/.