In Harm’s Way – Children Facing Dangers of Bullying

Yavapai County Anti-Bullying Outreach presents a powerful two-day event – In Harm’s Way – Dangers Facing Our Children Today.byllying

Prescott; Prescott Valley; and Chino Valley, Arizona – August 29th and 30th, 2013 – In Harm’s Way – Dangers Facing Our Children Today is a two-day valley wide anti-bullying event to raise awareness about the destructive behavior of  bullying as well as its direct correlation with serious health risks caused by alcohol and controlled substances! This event will include a screening of the movie Bully through the Prescott Film Festival and several guest presentations by Kirk Smalley, whose family is profiled in the movie Bully. Mr. Smalley, who tragically lost his 11-year-old-son to suicide after relentless bullying at school, created an international anti-bullying organization – Stand for the Silent – and has dedicated his life to stop bullying and youth suicide. Mr. Smalley’s tireless work has inspired students all over the world… “to be the change they want in their schools”.

On Thursday, August 29th, Kirk Smalley will be speaking at school assemblies to students in the Chino Valley Unified School District. Thursday evening, Mr. Smalley will be speaking at a Community Open Forum sponsored through the Humboldt Unified School District at Glassford Hill Middle School Library. The time is 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. For more information and to RSVP, contact Sylva Ducharme – HUSD Parent Educator Coordinator – or call 928-759-5109.

On Friday, August 30th, Kirk Smalley will be speaking at school assemblies in the Prescott Unified School District. Friday evening, the Prescott Film Festival will present the film Bully, followed by a live Q &A with Kirk Smalley. The film will be screened at the Elks Theatre – 6:00pm – 8:30 pm.  For tickets (Adults = $6.00 / Under 18 = $3.00) and more information, contact the Prescott Film Festival – or call 928-458-7209.

At both the Community Open Forum and the Bully movie, a representative from Law Enforcement, MATForce, Mental Health Profession, Parent Education, and a Bully Victim Survivor will speak to the issue of bullying and its relationship to at risk behaviors and serious health problems caused by substance abuse.

Sponsorship of this powerful event has been made possible through generous donations from AAUW (Arizona Association of University Women), MATForce, and Arizona Parents’ Commission On Drug Education And Prevention (Governor’s Office For Children, Youth, and Families), and the Prescott Film Festival. A special ‘Thank You ‘goes out the Elk’s Theatre & Performing Arts Center for its generous donation of the theatre!

A small committee of six concerned local residents – mostly educators and health care professionals – came together a year ago to plan this event for Yavapai County. Spearheaded by Holli and Dan Kenley, their passion and their mission is: “To promote a healthier and safer social climate among young people through increased awareness of bullying behaviors and through the education of all community members on effective strategies in the on-going protection of our most valuable resource – our youth”.