Before GAB, our Executive Director was focused on being a proud parent and a hard working professional, just like many of us. During this time, news of the damaging and even life-ending effects of bullying were reaching epidemic proportions. After researching the issue of bullying in more depth… Read More
Before GAB, our Executive Director was focused on being a proud parent and a hard working professional, just like many of us. During this time, news of the damaging and even life-ending effects of bullying were reaching epidemic proportions. After researching the issue of bullying in more depth, she came across this statistic:
“If a child sees bullying and intervenes in a nonthreatening way, the bullying stops in less than 10 seconds, 85% of the time.”
This became the guiding focus for the founding of Generations Against Bullying (GAB). While other organizations are more focused on school administrators, faculty and parents, GAB focuses on empowering our children.
Each of GAB’s resources are created to help children provide a culture of upstanders through unique programs, education and services. GAB is committed to helping children, parents, schools, churches, law enforcement agencies and entire communities to better understand the bullying epidemic and how they can take a more active role in reshaping the culture in their hometowns.
GAB is made up of passionate celebrities, professional athletes, communities, schools, and students committed to ending bullying 10 seconds at a time.
Please join GAB at a community event to see for yourself how upstanders are impacting the bullying epidemic in ways never seen before.
WORDS HAVE STOPPING POWER.
If you see someone being bullied, all you have to do is say something. Just getting involved in a nonthreatening way stops the bullying in less than 10 seconds 85% of the time. That’s the difference between a bystander and an upstander.
In 2016 alone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 5,400 bullycides, which is when a child commits suicide because they can’t stand the bullying. In fact, bullycide is one of the leading causes of death in children under 14 years old.
Have You Ever BEEN BULLIED?
If you were like many students and were bullied, you probably remember exactly how it feels. You probably remember your bully to this day.
What if someone would have stood up for you?
An upstander can literally mean the difference between life and death.
Today, bullying is more prevalent than ever. Over 50 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, according to the i-SAFE Foundation. And the results are devastating.
To bring awareness about the prevalence and devastating effects of bullying in our communities, and inspire children and adults to be upstanders. Our goal is to promote and create upstander schools throughout the Nation.
To educate our children and communities concerning the importance of the love, acceptance and cooperation needed to reduce the bullying epidemic. Using our unique, hands-on, proactive approach, in combination with our creative core programs and strategic partnerships, we will provide communities with the tools and resources necessary to promote a culture of upstanders to reduce the bullying epidemic.
If you’re passionate about our mission and want to help please contact us
Mrs. Charmaine Schaefer
“Generations Against Bullying simply opened up my daughters inner confidence allowing great strides
and growth to occur…
The opportunity for my child to work hand in hand with peers and adults who placed integrity and confidence at the forefront of all they did was simply God’s intervention! My daughter flourished as a young person maneuvering through the tumultuous teen years. GAB offered her opportunities to apply tenderness, empathy, listening and speaking skills, creativity and leadership. All of the lessons learned while she worked as a Peer Ambassador enabled her to go on to a challenging and successful journey at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is a talented young person who now volunteers and gets involved with people and groups that are dedicated to the well- being of others. She has inner peace.
Thank you GAB for the journey she experienced and will continue to utilize throughout her entire life. The focus on a growth mindset with young people enables them to find their inner strength and then be able to share this virtue with others.”
“I don’t think there will ever be enough words to say or even express my feelings about GAB. But, when I started my own business I wanted to bring homes back to life…
by taking them all the way down to the core (frames) and making the home with all the great potential I saw in my eyes. When my fiancé started GAB, I saw her glow and feel like a revived person whose light was so bright and positive that I wanted to understand more about her passion. I was introduced to GAB and immediately fell in love. All I could think about is how they are constantly building people up and they also show people how beautiful they are inside and out. I then decided to partner up with GAB as being a Sponsor. I decided that I would use my hands and building techniques in some way beneficial for them. So I decided to build a lot of the children’s games for Events that GAB has and also be right alongside them every step of the way. Trying to help them like they helped my fiancé and I. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity. And this is just the beginning…”
Generations Against Bullying
“I want to show people, like children in schools, that being different is okay and that you should not bully someone who is different because there can be serious effects…
to it like suicide. I want to make a difference in the world and work to stop bullying.”
Kenosha School System
“I just wanted to thank you for putting on the Kenosha Movie Night. I attended it with my daughter and on the way home she broke down crying and we had a healthy…
conversation about bullying. I knew she was being bullied however I was blinded and had no idea of the depth. Thank you for opening my eyes as a parent and giving her a platform to speak up about her experiences instead of holding them in and making a bad decision.”
Generations Against Bullying
In life I want to be a leader. As a leader I have to help and protect others that look up to me. That’s what I’m trying to do in GAB. I’m trying to save people from getting hurt or…
With Leadership comes responsibility and that’s a responsibility I have been ready to take on for a longtime. Now that I have GAB it gives me this opportunity that I was searching for. GAB has changed my life for the better and I truly hope it continues to change people’s lives for as long as it’s an organization.”
When I started volunteering at Generations Against Bullying as the Graphic Designer; I had absolutely no idea hat it would give me such great joy and happiness…
I was searching for a purpose in my life. All my life, I have always helped others in any way that I could, but this organization makes me feel complete and proud. The feeling I receive on a daily basis knowing that I am making a difference on not just my life but others as well, leaves me feeling great.
Being bullied my whole life and thinking back now, I wish GAB would have been around back in 2005 in my high school years.
Bullying kills about 13 million kids a year and I can only imagine that this number would have been way less if there were more organizations like GAB. Life is so precious and a gift. That is why I believe we call it the present. We are never guaranteed tomorrow and I continue to be an Upstander to many children and young adult.
Thank you GAB, for allowing me to show my potential in my design skills but also allowing me to continue to be a part of your family.”
Generations Against Bullying
I graduated on Sunday, June 11th, 2017 from Greendale High School. During my ceremony I was honored to be able to wear a student council stole and 3 honor cords that placed…
emphasis and awareness on the things I was involved in at Greendale High School. I wore a Teal cord that represented my involvement with Generations against Bullying (GAB). I wore that cord with pride because it represented to my classmates, friends and families that I was an “Upstander” and proud to be one. Although the information regarding what each colored cord stood for was written in our graduation program, I was still asked what each cord stood for. I would always explain my teal one first, “it means that I am an ‘Upstander,’ a peer ambassador who works with kids, teaching staff, and the community on solutions to putting an end to bullying.” I was honored to have had my hard work with GAB be recognized through the wearing of the teal cord so everyone will see. Now I will always be reminded of my goal to help end bullying everything time I think of my graduation day.”
Generations Against Bullying
I attended the Zumba fundraiser event for GAB. I showed up expecting to sit at a booth and sign people in. But I couldn’t have been more wrong…
I and the other peer ambassadors were asked to go up in the front line with the instructors of the Zumba dance moves. We then danced alongside them. I can’t dance! I didn’t want to do this at all but I did. This event was more than a fundraiser… it allowed for the peer ambassadors, like me and some others, to really push themselves out of a corner and get some more self-confidence. You can do anything, it doesn’t matter how bad you may be at doing it as long as you have fun while doing it! If people hate you or make fun of then shame on them. If their form of “fun” involves bullying, then it isn’t fun at all, it is cruel. After the event, I and the other peer ambassadors then bonded more that night by attending a movie together and some of us even attended two. GAB has brought us all together no matter what “group” or “click” we’re in, it doesn’t matter anymore. We have fun together without any fear of hate or bullying and that’s all that matters. That day was so much fun! I can’t wait till our next Zumba event!
Pastor David Zandt
St. Mark’s in Jefferson
“Linda, Jim, and Michael – we cannot thank you enough for taking the time to be with us for our Wednesday Night Youth JAM….
Your presentation on being an Upstander was tremendous. The video clip on Sadie was an attention-grabber as you began your presentation with us, and it was very effective as you brought home the reality that everyone of us can be – in fact we are – the difference-makers in our plight against bullying.
Michael, you grabbed everyone’s attention with your testimony and powerful words of reminder that we indeed are royalty in how we can see ourselves and one another.
Linda and Jim, I appreciated how you included everyone in the conversation, and the activities you used to illustrate and bring home the message with our youth were very effective! I would like to have you back again for a movie night! Bless you as you continue to work at educating and engaging our communities on this vital issue! I pray that all may see the urgency for us to be proactive and to seek to engage others in this plight, not later but NOW!”
Generations Against Bullying
I really wanted to let you know that I am going to be a teacher this fall at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy (STAA) in Milwaukee. I showed your video in one of my Master’s classes, and…
it reminded me that I hadn’t contacted you in a long time. I showed the GAB promotional video in my classroom management course as part of a project that I did about bullying in elementary and middle school classrooms, and I forgot how young I was then. One of my classmates was surprised at how young I looked in the video despite the fact that it is only about five years old.
On that note, I’m doing very well, and I am very much looking forward to becoming a teacher. I am joining the STAA staff as a 5th and 6th grade Social Studies, ELA, and Hebrew Scripture teacher. I am teaching through the MAGIS Catholic Teacher Corps at Creighton University. However, as I will no longer be in Omaha, I am hoping to be able to be in touch a lot more. I am so glad to see that GAB is still going strong, and I wanted to let you know how thankful I am to have been a part of your mission and to be able to show my students the powerful video you have on YouTube. I am so blessed to be able to share the voices of people just like my students with my students, and, lastly, I wanted to let you and GAB know that you have opened an invaluable door for me to my students. Bullying is never something that a child should have to deal with, but sadly many of them do. However, with the tool you have provided you have given me the opportunity to let my students see that even their teacher has been bullied and made it through.
So, thank you so much for everything, and I hope we can stay in touch.
Greendale High School
“I just wanted to let you know about the wonderful thing that Anina did today in my AP Language class. Students chose seats today to start the semester and there was…
a girl who was sitting alone. Before I could ask for students to move so that everyone had partners, Anina and another student moved to her table. It was so kind and warmed my heart to see them do this on their own. Thank you for raising such a kind and considerate young lady.”