At last week’s City Council meeting, we proclaimed October as National Bullying Prevention Month, a time for communities to unite together against bullying.
Unfortunately research shows approximately one in every four students experiences bullying.
That is why last October the City of Orlando launched Stand Up Orlando to publicly demonstrate our commitment to bullying prevention.
In one year through Stand Up Orlando, more than 2,000 middle school students have visited the Holocaust Center, encountering the history and lessons of the Holocaust and learning the value of speaking out against prejudice and hate in all its forms.
We’ve also trained nearly 6,000 youth, parents and others on anti-bullying, cultural competency and youth mental health first aid training to equip the community on ways to best support youth who are experiencing bullying.
We are incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished together with our Stand Up Orlando partners, the Holocaust Center and Zebra Coalition and we are grateful to the more than 10 financial supporters who make this important program possible.
We remain committed to continuing Stand Up Orlando and working with our entire community to ensure Orlando continues to be a place of belonging, acceptance and respect for all people.
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– Buddy Dyer, Mayor