The Bags Against Bullies campaign will fund educational materials that are geared toward addressing student’s social and emotional needs, building empathy and teaching kids how to stand up for themselves and others, showing them how to help make the world a better place, and increasing their self-esteem by demonstrating the power, their actions can have in positively impacting their community. Each Empathy Rocks program that we sponsor will provide a classroom of 30 students with enough educational material for 8 months of learning
Approximately 1 in 5 students across the US reported experiencing some form of bullying, either within a school or online via social media. Research indicates that persistent bullying can lead to or worsen feelings of isolation, rejection, exclusion, and despair, as well as depression and anxiety, which can contribute to suicidal behavior.
Drayke Hardman, a 12-year-old boy from Utah, should have his whole life ahead of him. He should be worrying about school tests, looking forward to pep rallies, getting his driver's license, preparing for high school graduation, choosing a college, and everything else that comes with the life we all plan for our children. Unfortunately, he'll never get to fulfill those things we often tend to take for granted because Drayke took his own life due to relentless bulying.