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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.

 
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Sponsor or Donate Today!

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: Winter Edition

Increasing literacy. Closing disparities. Giving back.

COVID-19 has changed how we celebrate. Still, children are relying on us to deliver hope and joy. In this season of giving let us direct our generosity towards children in under-resourced communities.  We are asking community members, organizations, and businesses to help us sprinkle a little holiday cheer on the students of Bryant Elementary School.

Please consider supporting our efforts to provide a special gift to every child at Bryant Elementary. Simply purchase a gift or a gift card (valued at $10 to $20) and drop off or ship the unwrapped gift to Bryant Elementary (14700 Main Street, Harvey, Illinois).

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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.

 

Be Anti-Racist

"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.

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ICBYK Summer Book Club

We are so excited to offer virtual summer book clubs for grades 3 through 12. It Could Be Your Kid strongly promotes daily reading. We love books and often use them as vehicles to drive discussions about challenging topics. Books open the door to imagination and offer new perspectives to consider. Sharing your experience as a reader with others in reflection and discussion allows for increased enjoyment and understanding. Sign up Today!

 

One Crazy Summer

3rd and 4th grade

"In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them. A strong option for summer reading—take this book along on a family road trip or enjoy it at home."

Who Are We?

 

Stephanie D. Pearson-Davis

Founder

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Community Outreach


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.

Mini Consultation

Who? What? When? Where? How?

Our consultations provide an opportunity for you to tell your story and receive feedback on how to move forward in a positive and productive manner.

Comprehensive Consultation

Who? What? Where? When? How? Now what?

A more comprehensive approach to the mini-consultation. It includes everything from the mini, plus a detailed written plan of action and a mini post action consultation.

Bullying Awareness and Prevention for Educators

Learn how to identify, interrupt and remediate patterns of bullying.

Bullying is 100% preventable. Yet, children all over the world continue to be victims of this growing public health crisis. Invite ICBYK to provide education and tangible solutions to eradicate bullying in your school environment.

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.

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Upcoming Events

You Can Help!
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The Vernard L. Alsberry Jr. Municipal Ce
Time is TBD
The Vernard L. Alsberry Jr. Municipal Ce, 3645 183rd St, Hazel Crest, IL 60429, USA
We are so excited to host this event and we need your support to make it wildly successful.
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When We All Write
Tue, Sep 29
WWAW
Sep 29, 8:00 AM – Oct 10, 12:00 PM
WWAW
This literacy program pairs participants in similar grades pen pals. Being a pen pal improves reading, writing, comprehension and patience. Writing is becoming a lost art. Let's save it!
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Sweet Reads: a Back-to-School Community Book Giveaway
Sat, Sep 12
The Vernard L. Alsberry Jr. Municipal Ce
Sep 12, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Vernard L. Alsberry Jr. Municipal Ce, 3645 183rd St, Hazel Crest, IL 60429, USA
We're giving away free books, school supplies, ice cream and more!
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Unpacking Race in America: A Book Series... High School Edition
Wed, Jul 08
Zoom Video Conferencing
Jul 08, 5:30 PM CDT – Aug 19, 6:30 PM CDT
Zoom Video Conferencing
Unpacking Race in America: A Book Series was created with you in mind. America is reading now more than ever. Racial tensions, demands for racial equity, a desire to understand race and impact change are at an all time high. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for understanding.
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*Grades 7 and 8* ICBYK Summer Book Club: An Anti-Racism Book Series
Wed, Jul 08
Zoom Video Conferencing
Jul 08, 4:00 PM CDT – Aug 19, 4:50 PM CDT
Zoom Video Conferencing
We are so excited to bring you a summer book club for children!!! ICBYK prides itself on cultivating safe spaces for children to learn and grow. This virtual book club is no different!!!
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Grades 5 and 6: ICBYK Summer Book Club: An Anti-Racism Book Series
Wed, Jul 08
Zoom Videoconferencing
Jul 08, 3:00 PM CDT – Aug 19, 3:50 PM CDT
Zoom Videoconferencing
We are so excited to bring you a summer book club for children!!! ICBYK prides itself on cultivating safe spaces for children to learn and grow. This virtual book club is no different!!!
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Grades 3 and 4: ICBYK Summer Book Club: An Anti-Racism Book Series
Wed, Jul 08
Zoom Video Conferencing
Jul 08, 2:00 PM CDT – Aug 19, 2:50 PM CDT
Zoom Video Conferencing
We are so excited to bring you a summer book club for children!!! ICBYK prides itself on cultivating safe spaces for children to learn and grow. This virtual book club is no different!!!
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Unpacking Race in America: A Book Series
Wed, Jul 01
Zoom Video Conferencing
Jul 01, 7:00 PM – Aug 12, 8:30 PM
Zoom Video Conferencing
Unpacking Race in America: A Book Series was created with you in mind. America is reading now more than ever. Racial tensions, demands for racial equity, a desire to understand race and impact change are at an all time high. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for understanding.
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Be Anti-Racist: A Youth Rally
Sat, Jun 06
Breidert Green Park
Jun 06, 2:00 PM
Breidert Green Park, Frankfort, IL 60423, USA
"I raise my voice- not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard. -Malala Yousafzai
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ICBYK Skating Fundraiser
Sat, Feb 01
Tinley Park Roller Rink
Feb 01, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Tinley Park Roller Rink, Tinley Park, Illinois
You ask, we oblige!!! The first skate jam was so much fun we're doing it again! This family event will include admission, skate rental, food and ten tons of fun. It Could Be Your Kid depends on donations from generous supporters like you to run effectively.
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A Restorative Approach to Bullying for Parents
Sat, Dec 14
Melanated Queen Productions, LLC Co-work
Dec 14, 2019, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Melanated Queen Productions, LLC Co-work, 2023 Ridge Rd Suite 2NW, Homewood, IL 60430, USA
This intimately designed workshop will model what safe spaces should look, feel and sound like for children. Look forward to small group conversations and honest information and feedback about factors that contribute to bullying.
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ACE's: Fighting Apathy with Information and Empathy
Tue, Mar 17
Frankfort Public Library
Mar 17, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Frankfort Public Library, 21119 Pfeiffer Road Frankfort. Illinois
Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACE's) and how they impact the community. The intended target of bullying isn't the only victim.
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It's a Spring Break Painting Party!!!
Tue, Mar 31
Bloom Art Studio
Mar 31, 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Bloom Art Studio, 11110 Front St, Mokena, IL 60448, USA
Painting with a Purpose for grades 4th-8th!!! Be uplifted and inspired to see the best in yourself and others.
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Upcoming Events

Unpacking Race in America: A Book Series... High School Edition
Wed, Jul 08
Zoom Video Conferencing
Jul 08, 5:30 PM CDT – Aug 19, 6:30 PM CDT
Zoom Video Conferencing
Unpacking Race in America: A Book Series was created with you in mind. America is reading now more than ever. Racial tensions, demands for racial equity, a desire to understand race and impact change are at an all time high. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for understanding.
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*Grades 7 and 8* ICBYK Summer Book Club: An Anti-Racism Book Series
Wed, Jul 08
Zoom Video Conferencing
Jul 08, 4:00 PM CDT – Aug 19, 4:50 PM CDT
Zoom Video Conferencing
We are so excited to bring you a summer book club for children!!! ICBYK prides itself on cultivating safe spaces for children to learn and grow. This virtual book club is no different!!!
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Grades 5 and 6: ICBYK Summer Book Club: An Anti-Racism Book Series
Wed, Jul 08
Zoom Videoconferencing
Jul 08, 3:00 PM CDT – Aug 19, 3:50 PM CDT
Zoom Videoconferencing
We are so excited to bring you a summer book club for children!!! ICBYK prides itself on cultivating safe spaces for children to learn and grow. This virtual book club is no different!!!
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Grades 3 and 4: ICBYK Summer Book Club: An Anti-Racism Book Series
Wed, Jul 08
Zoom Video Conferencing
Jul 08, 2:00 PM CDT – Aug 19, 2:50 PM CDT
Zoom Video Conferencing
We are so excited to bring you a summer book club for children!!! ICBYK prides itself on cultivating safe spaces for children to learn and grow. This virtual book club is no different!!!
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Unpacking Race in America: A Book Series
Wed, Jul 01
Zoom Video Conferencing
Jul 01, 7:00 PM – Aug 12, 8:30 PM
Zoom Video Conferencing
Unpacking Race in America: A Book Series was created with you in mind. America is reading now more than ever. Racial tensions, demands for racial equity, a desire to understand race and impact change are at an all time high. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for understanding.
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