An Open Letter
For your faith and support... THANK YOU.
I'm glad you're here.
Can you believe It Could Be Your Kid is celebrating its’ 1st anniversary? This time last year I was formulating a plan to help my community be more accountable and to help people everywhere understand the dangers of bullying and the power of empathy. With the help of our ICBYK family, which includes you, we have been able to accomplish so much more than I envisioned at that time. I have to take a moment to say “THANK YOU!” for your continued support and your belief in our mission.
October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
We must move beyond kindness. Not because it isn't necessary, but because it isn't sufficient. Kindness isn't comprehensive enough to fill the void created by bullying or hate.
It Could Be Your Kid at a Glance
It Could Be Your Kid knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. We believe in being who we say we are. Enjoy our gallery as a small glimpse into the work we do. Our mission includes providing fun, engaging, relevant programming. Meet us at our next event to see how we are realizing our mission.
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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.
"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.
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.
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!
Who Are We?
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.
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.
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.
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.