Approximately one in every four students experience bullying and nearly all students will witness bullying during their years in school. Research shows that bullying can lead to depression, substance abuse, poor health, delinquency and poor academic performance.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has made a commitment to bullying prevention and to ensure that our community continues to be a place of belonging, acceptance and respect for all people.
Through Stand Up Orlando we have:
- Trained City of Orlando Parks and Recreation employees in bullying prevention
- Created awareness for the toll-free 24/7 Speak Out Hotline where students can anonymously report bullying
- Proclaimed October 25 as “Unity Day” in the City of Orlando to raise awareness about bullying and show our commitment to kindness, acceptance and inclusion
- Experienced 69% fewer referrals for bullying and harassment in participating middle schools
We could not have accomplished this, and so much more, without the impactful programming provided by the Holocaust Center, which has taken a stand to end bullying.
A special thank you to Orange County Public Schools for its support in allowing these partnerships to benefit elementary, middle and high school students in the City of Orlando.
“I learned that if you are not doing anything about bullying, you are helping the bully.”
– Middle School Participant