- August 17, 2015
“#Day1 is a new national anti-bullying campaign that is free, simple and effective,” the campaign’s website explained. “The campaign empowers teachers, managers, coaches and other leaders to prevent bullying before it begins by promoting a no-nonsense message on Day 1 of orientation.”
The Tyler Clementi Foundation was founded in 2010 after Rutgers student Tyler Clementi died by suicide. Clementi experienced severe cyber-bullying during his time at Rutgers and the foundation is working to address the harmful and often tragic effects that bullying has on youth.
HRC’s groundbreaking report, Growing Up LGBT in America, found that the deck is stacked against young people growing up LGBTQ in America. The impact of bullying in particular weighs heavily on our youth. In addition to experiencing cyber-bullying, LGBTQ youth nationwide are twice as likely as their peers to say they have been physically or verbally harassed and excluded by their peers.
Jane Clementi, mother of Tyler Clementi, and co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, will be a featured speaker at HRC Foundation’s third annual Time to THRIVE Conference near Dallas, Texas. The national conference will address safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth, and bring together a wide range of youth-serving professionals to discuss best practices for working with and caring for LGBTQ youth and their families in schools, community centers, healthcare settings, and beyond. The Tyler Clementi Foundation will also be presenting a featured workshop at Time to THRIVE on the Day 1 campaign. To learn more about Time to THRIVE or to register to attend, go to www.TimeToThrive.org.
For more information on the HRC Foundation’s anti-bullying work in elementary schools, visit http://www.welcomingschools.org.
If you’re a youth and need to talk to someone, call The Trevor Project, which provides a 24-hour crisis hotline for youth, at 1-866-488-7386.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.