Online Bullying: It Ends With You.

What is the injustice we are solving?
I care about this issue because people are getting harassed for doing what they love. People should be able to freely do things without the constant fear of someone dragging them and their spirits down.
Our Compassionate Solution
To solve this injustice of
those being bullied on the internet
we will address
the lack of fun, innovation, knowledge, and compassion
by
speaking out in the community and educating people while also aiding young people to help the cause.
Our Plan
Our Project Goals
Create more compassion throughout the communities we serve
Identify instances of bullying and harassment and stop them in their tracks
Innovate the way we talk about bullying
We will increase my / our compassion by...
listening to others and hearing their stories to understand bullying and harassment to better tailor to their needs.
How will you show courage?
We will show courage by speaking out about different social issues past bullying, and go into the specifics such as LGBTQ+ rights, Black Lives Matter, Disabled people, etc.
How will you collaborate with others?
We will collaborate with others by asking for their understanding on bullying and working to reach out to more people. We will also encourage others to join in on our cause by volunteering, advocating for us on social media, and more!
How will you know you are moving in the right direction?
By gathering community input and guidance from mentors, I will ask them to assess our work. We will also self-assess by seeing if what we're doing is helping us reach our goals.
Create a list of key steps you will take
Plan out talks/ workshops/ events for specific age groups
Reach out to schools/ organizations with interest in our program
Promote program on social media
Table at conventions
The impact we've made
How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?
This project helped us learn more about the world around us and the differences people face. Bullying is not just one issue, its an issue that has multiple root causes and can be different depending on the person. There is not one standard definition for bullying, so learning about other people, listening to their experiences with bullying, and using this to aide our project really helped solidify our injustice.
How did your community change as a result of your project?
As a result of our project, our community has become more open and inclusive of others. Not only that, they have become more kind, compassionate, and understanding. The main goal of our project is to reduce judgement of others, and we believe we have achieved this.
How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?
We learned more about minorities discussed in the comic by asking for viewpoints of people who identified that way. For example, our main character is a non-binary person of color, and decided to do this after a member in our community, who identifies the same way, was being bullied because of their identity. So, by listening to their story and asking questions, we were able to tailor our story around their experiences.
What did your team learn?
We learned that the most important thing you can possibly do to change the world is listen. Not only listen to respond, but listen to understand.
What challenges did your team overcome?
The major challenge we overcame was engaging schools to invest into our program. This can be a big challenge because the base of our program relies on youth engagement, which initially comes from these schools inviting us to present there. We overcame this challenge by constantly persevering, reaching out for help through mentors and connections, and learning from others.
Bonnie B.

June 15, 2018

Hi Abbey!
Congratulations on finishing your peacemaking project! I’m on the Peace First team and wanted to say thank you for your amazing work and for taking time to share it with us.

Below you will find some feedback based on your Reflection, which we hope will help you to celebrate your and your team's incredible accomplishment and reflect on how to grow and develop your project in the future:

Your team's emphasis on reaching out build a more compassionate community is really powerful and I love hearing how thoughtful you've been around that. I am also so impressed with the creative approach - through the power of storytelling. I love how intentional the project is - you've clearly put a lot of thought into how to make this an effective project that incorporates the 3Cs throughout.

I'm excited to see where the project goes next! I'd encourage you to think about how to be more specific about the impact you have made. How do you know you have succeeded in reducing judgement? As you fine-tune your story of success, this will help you expand and build more support!

We hope you will stay in touch and keep us up to date as you continue your work to create change!

Bonnie BP
Akila S.

June 08, 2018

Hi Abbey! We're checking in because you haven't submitted your reflection yet. Reflections were due on May 31 as a part of your mini-grant award. Please submit your reflection as soon as you can. We're looking forward to hearing about how your project went!

Here is the link to your reflection: https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/online-bullying-it-ends-you/dashboard/reflection

Akila
Kelsey T.

February 08, 2018

Hi Abbey!! Congratulations! Your project has been selected to receive a mini-grant. We will be in touch soon with details about this payment.

As you know, he mini-grant process is also a space for you to get feedback on your peacemaking project. We hope you will use this feedback to further strengthen your project. Please see the feedback on your mini-grant below.

Strengths:
I'm excited about the next steps for your project! I think it is great that you are exploring issues beyond bullying -- so many of those issues are deeply interconnected so it is important to take a broad approach. I think your idea to create workshops and events for specific age groups is really great -- I'm curious what your current thinking is for the age ranges you want to work with? It is also great that you have a plan in place for self-assessing your work and getting feedback from the community. I'm really curious to hear more about how you will plan to structure the workshops for each age range.

Things to Consider:
As you implement the workshops, I'd encourage you to think about how you can also get feedback and input from the students (as well as mentors) to help capture how the workshops might shift their perspective. How can you capture the learning from participants? Perhaps you can think of some fun and engaging way to capture their growth or thinking as the workshops come to a close -- potentially using art or having them create something together.

Keep up the great work! As always, let me know how we can help.

Congratulations and best of luck with your project!
Fish S.

November 13, 2017

Awesome to see the new comic, Abbey!