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Increase Access. Close the Opportunity Gap.
The pandemic has amplified the glaring inequities in our education system. We know that some communities are chronically underserved, and this must be rectified if ALL our children are going to get a fair chance at academic success. While systemic, racial, educational equity is the ultimate goal; we can take immediate, deliberate steps to close the opportunity gap along the way. This is our effort to close the opportunity gap.
Sweet Reads! Programming
- Sat, May 29Flossmoor Community HouseMay 29, 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM CDTFlossmoor Community House , 847 Hutchison Rd, Flossmoor, IL 60422, USAThe ICBYK Program incorporates mental and physical wellness to equip youth participants with valuable tools to support them along their mental health journey. Classes are 75-minutes long, with time spent learning about important facets of mental health followed by an age-appropriate yoga class.
- Wed, May 26ZoomMay 26, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM CDTZoomThe ICBYK Program incorporates mental and physical wellness to equip youth participants with valuable tools to support them along their mental health journey. Classes are 75-minutes long, with time spent learning about important facets of mental health followed by an age-appropriate yoga class.
- Wed, May 19ZoomMay 19, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM CDTZoomThe ICBYK Program incorporates mental and physical wellness to equip youth participants with valuable tools to support them along their mental health journey. Classes are 75-minutes long, with time spent learning about important facets of mental health followed by an age-appropriate yoga class.
A Campaign to Extinguish Hate
Moving beyond kindness is a deliberate action to interrupt hate. Kindness is selective and subjective and falls short of filling the comprehensive void created by bullying and hate.
Stop Bullying Now! Stop Racism Now!
At It Could Be Your Kid, we believe bullying and racism are public health emergencies that must be addressed with urgency and deliberate intention. To that end, we’re raising funds and promoting initiatives to promote anti-racism and eradicate bullying. Please join us by supporting our efforts to make a measurable difference in the lives of children everywhere.
"In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist." -Angela Davis
Here, at It Could Be Your Kid, it is our mission to bring awareness to bullying. Racial inequity has been the biggest bully in America since its' inception. To be clear, ICBYK will continue the work to eradicate bullying. That means we will be specifically, deliberately educating and speaking out against systemic racism and ideologies that leave Black people disproportionately victim to police brutality and murder. It means that your school, organization or corporation can look to us for resources, programming and education to stop racism now.
Who Are We?
Stephanie D. Pearson-Davis
Stephanie D. Pearson-Davis is a dedicated wife, mother of 4 and a former middle school teacher. As a mother, she would do anything to ensure the mental, emotional and physical well being of her children. She was thrust into advocacy and activism when her child’s comprehensive well being was threatened by bullying at school.
Stephanie’s philosophy is, “If a solution doesn’t exist; create it.” To that end she founded It Could Be Your Kid, a 501(C)(3), creating drastic and dynamic change through meaningful education and relevant programming.
Facts About Bullying
Bullying is 100% Preventable
What is Bullying?
Bullying is a form of youth violence. CDC defines bullying as any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths, who are not siblings or current dating partners, that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm.
Who Is At Risk?
Every child is at risk for bullying. However, there are circumstances that make children more at risk for bullying. The biggest indicator of risk is having a characteristic that makes the child "other".
Being a member of the LGBQT community or of a racial group that is in the minority are risk multipliers. It could also be a difference as minimal as wearing glasses, being perceived as overweight, underweight or simply being new to the environment.
Where Does Bullying Occur?
Bullying occurs across every demographic and is widespread in the United States. There is no one group of people who are less likely to be bullied. People of every racial group, financial status and geographic region experience bullying. Bullying isn't a socio-economic issue. It's a heart issue.
In school settings bullying most often occurs out of sight of adults. Educators should pay special attention to bathrooms, classroom closets, hallways and school buses.
“The quality of the mental and emotional health of our children is often in the hands of other children.”
Stephanie D. Pearson-Davis
How Did We Get Here?
It Could Be Your Kid is a 501 (c) (3) founded by Stephanie D. Pearson-Davis after her daughter became a victim of bullying.
In trying to navigate the full depth of experiencing bullying as a family, she determined that parents, students and educators need more information and dialogue about bullying.
Everyone needs to know how to define and recognize bullying, how to proactively prevent bullying and how to intervene in a productive manner when bullying does occur. Much work is needed in this area.
Bullying is 100% preventable. With proactive social emotional learning and bully prevention programming the goal of eradicating bullying is not out of reach. Research shows that when bullying does occur, with proper intervention, repeated offense is unlikely.
That’s why It Could Be Your Kid was created. We’re here to provide opportunities for social emotional learning, bullying awareness, bullying prevention and Restorative Practices to all community shareholders.
Meaningful, engaging, relevant, educational and fun programming are our specialty.
Proper intervention and education reduce opportunities for bullying, repeated bullying offenses, activates equity and increases social emotional wellness.
It Could Be Your Kid is in the business of developing mindsets and ideologies that promote equity for all. The work we do is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving one of the greatest challenges facing humanity-- oppression. We make sure our partners are empowered and educated by creating unique opportunities to learn and engage.
Parent and Educator Workshops
The eradication of bullying requires the collective participation and advocacy of all shareholders. Engaged, committed adults are needed to set the example and cultivate emotionally intelligent and responsible children who understand that bullying is an inside job with outside implications. The parent and educator connection needs to be strong to create and cultivate sustained positive impact in children. Our intimate parent and educator workshops provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of bullying and Restorative Practices. What is bullying? What factors make children more at risk for being bullied? How can you remediate bullying and bullying behavior?
Child Centered Age Appropriate Activities
The bullying epidemic is reaching frightening new heights. At It Could Be Your Kid, we are dedicated to eradicating bullying. We have all heard of children taking their own lives or being brutally injured or even killed at the hands of their aggressors. Bullying is 100% preventable. In the cases when it hasn't been prevented, data shows that with awareness and intervention, bullying is rarely a repeated offense. Our events are designed to bring awareness to bullying, bullying prevention and create a safe space for children to have fun.
The community at large is effected by what happens in our homes and schools. Our community outreach initiative seeks to promote positive community relationships, bullying prevention and restorative practices. Critical mass is paramount in the fight against bullying. When one child is bullied, the entire community is impacted. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered to recognize bullying and take a stand against it. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.
We Can Help!!!
It Could Be Your Kid offers a wide range of services to meet your needs. Contact us today to determine which is best or how we can develop a plan specifically for you.
Bullying Awareness and Prevention for Parents
Open Communication Narrows Opportunities for Trauma
Parents are their children's first teachers. Yet, we often fully relinquish the educational experience of our children to school systems once our children become school aged. Learn how to reconnect with your children in a well facilitated, judgement free zone. Open yourself up, in an intimate environment, to reflect on your child's needs and your capacity to connect authentically with them. Learn how to identify if your child is experiencing bullying. Is your child being bullied? Is your child bullying others? What can you do?
Bullying Awareness and Prevention for Students
Peer to peer support is invaluable
Invite ICBYK to educate children on bullying. This workshop will approach bullying in a multifaceted manner in which multiple learning styles will be implemented. We will define bullying, talk about our personal experiences and model what it looks like to positively intervene by being an upstander.