Gab Newsletter
December 2017

Special Edition

The Year in review

Table of contents

IN THIS ISSUE

12.17

End of Year 2017 Peer Ambassador Meetings

Ponyville Oktoberfest 2017

Wow! What a great way to end the year for our Peer Ambassadors. They have been working hard the whole semester to get out the upstander message. Several new prospective members were introduced. The Peers discussed ways to recruit more new members by creating fun projects, advertising in school venues, using social media, and sharing their experiences with classmates….

GAB in the Schools

SPONSORS SPOTLIGHT

Dear GAB Sponsors,

The end of the year is a time of reflection. Did we get our message out? Did we have an impact? What worked? What didn’t work? What goals did…

…we accomplish? It’s a time of introspection, and a time to rearrange goals and plan for the New Year. There is one area we are very sure of-our volunteers and our sponsors. Without our passionate volunteers, and wonderful sponsors, we could not have accomplished all of the things we have this year, and they are many! GAB started from scratch 5 years ago and the impact we have made from the development of our positive upstander program to address bullying is extraordinary. From media coverage, to school assemblies, movie events, small group discussions, fundraisers, our Peer Ambassador Program, our new upstander logo, to saving lives…the list is very large. We are “changing the culture of learning”. We could not have done this without you. From the bottom of our heart we thank you! Sincerely, The GAB Family

Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference

12.17

STORMTROOPERS, STAR WARS FUNDRAISER SUCCESS FOR GAB

The Star Wars Bowling Day, to benefit Generations Against Bullying, was a site to see. The Storm Troopers were a fantastic hit at the fundraiser… learn more

Testimonial

Ashley Boston

Ashley Boston

Peer Ambassador
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.”

12.17

MALIK TURNER MEMORIAL EVENT DAVE AND BUSTERS

Ponyville Oktoberfest 2017

GAB was invited to speak with Malik’s Mom, Nicole Mitchell, at a memorial event to honor her late son. It is unclear as to why Malik took his life, never-the-less…

Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference

12.17

GAB Attends the Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference

Event: Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference
Dates: December 7 & 8, 2017
Place: Radisson Paper Valley Hotel – Appleton, WI.

Generations Against Bullying attended and was a presenter at the Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference in December at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, WI.

We provide staff and a information booth for the participants to visit throughout the first day of the conference.

11.17

KINDNESS OF CHRISTMAS

Sight and Sound GAB Promo

Kindness can heal many wounds and make someone’s day. The Port Washington/Saukville Rotary Club sponsored the “Kindness of Christmas” day at St. Mary’s Campus in beautiful Port Washington…

Ponyville Oktoberfest 2017

10.17

NO AMOUNT OF TEARS STUDENTS IN MILWAUKEE TAKE A STAND AGAINST BULLYING

Wednesday, October 25th was “Unity Day,”a nationwide effort to promote kindness, acceptance and inclusion — and students in Milwaukee sang songs from the heart, to take a stand against bullying…

Testimonial

Student Parent

Student Parent
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.”

10.17

WAUKESHA COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Sight and Sound GAB Promo

Generations Against Bullying (GAB) was very proud to be recognized with a $5000.00 grant from the Waukesha County Community Foundation (WCCF) presented at their annual breakfast at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, WI. The Foundation’s “Giving…

Ponyville Oktoberfest 2017

10.17

GAB Shares mission to audience at the 2017 Ponyville Ciderfest

GAB was selected as the main charity for the 2017 Ponyville Ciderfest (see press release below).

The event was a family friendly fan convention dedicated to the cultural phenomenon My Little Pony:
Friendship is Magic! There was be a wide array of activities, seminars, and more. Learn More.

GAB was provided premium space in the convention area and time on stage to share the GAB Mission with fest visitors.

Testimonial

Jenna Hutchinson

Jenna Hutchinson

Peer Ambassador
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.”

10.17

WAUKESHA NOON KIWANIS DONATION

WAUKESHA NOON KIWANIS DONATION

Doug Allen, President of the Waukesha “Thursday Noon” Kiwanis Club and Niki Schaumberg, activities member, presented a donation to James Dean, GAB Executive Assistant, at their monthly meeting in Waukesha. James said,

“We were happy to be invited to help at the club’s annual pancake breakfast at the Waukesha County Fair last summer, and we are honored to receive your donation today. It is groups like the Kiwanis that are our lifeblood. Your donation goes directly to help support our Peer Ambassador Program of creating upstanders in the face of bullying. Thank you very much”

Sight and Sound GAB Promo

GAB Community Services can now be reviewed and booked conveniently right on our website? Check it out…

Chos Fundraiser

09.17

CHO’S MARTIAL ARTS HOSTS 2017 charity break-a-thon

Event: Cho’s Martial Arts Studio 2017 Charity Break-A-Thon
Where: Cho’s Martial Arts Studio
8550 Forest Home Ave. Greenfield WI
When: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Times: 11:00 am – 2:O0 PM

For the second year in a row, Cho’s hosted a fun afternoon including a Martial Arts exhibition, fun, food, raffles, and much more.

Cho’s has dedicated the funds from this event to help support GAB programs and services. Please join us in thanking Cho’s for their dedication to GAB and their community!

Testimonial

Sheridan Schaefer

Sheridan Schaefer

Peer Ambassador
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!

09.17

COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL TO SUPPORT GAB

country music festival


Where:
Franklin, WI
When: Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Time: 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm

Generations Against Bullying held it’s 1st Annual Country Music Fest. The festival featured 5 of the areas top bands including Milwaukee’s own Chasin’ Mason. We’re already planning and looking forward to our 2nd Annual Country Music Fest in 2018. Stay tuned.

Bader Rutter Receives Awards

08.17

Encore! GAB returns to Catholic Memorial High School

This was a great event for us and the students at Catholic Memorial High School – Waukesha. The event allowed students to interact with GAB representatives, and other non-profit organizations, giving them the opportunity to volunteer for causes that interest them.

GAB made an impact last year at this event, and Jennifer Denton, Service Coordinator for the annual Learning – Crusader Day invited us back for this encore visit in 2017. We look forward to visiting again in 2018!

Testimonial

Sydney Schacht

Sydney Schacht

Peer Ambassador
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.”

08.17

CAMP GAB OFFERS TEENS FUN WITH A POSITIVE MESSAGE

CAMP GAB DETAILS ANNOUNCED

Generations Against Bullying presents the 1st Annual Camp GAB at the Keweenaw Base Camp of Camp Luther in the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula of upper Michigan from August 14-18, 2017. Check out photos and videos from CAMP GAB.

GAB GEAR SHOP

08.17

GAB GEAR SHOP NOW OPEN

The GAB GEAR SHOP had a “soft opening” in late July and it’s official grand opening in early August. Team GAB and GAB supporters can now show their Upstander pride while contributing to GAB and helping save precious lives with our programs and services.

GAB GEARswag” includes logo clothing, accessories, cool posters, school support materials and more.

GAB GEAR SHOP

08.17

GAB GEAR SHOP NOW OPEN

The GAB GEAR SHOP had a “soft opening” in late July and it’s official grand opening in early August. Team GAB and GAB supporters can now show their Upstander pride while contributing to GAB and helping save precious lives with our programs and services.

GAB GEARswag” including logo clothing, accessories, cool posters, school support materials and more.

NEW GAB WEBSITE LIVE NOW

07.17

New GAB Website Launched

As part of modernizing our brand and offering a better website experience to our visitors, we contracted award winning website designer, Dean Voss (Wildstylez Website Design Studio) to oversee, plan and design our new website.

Our new website launched in July 2017 and visitors will enjoy an incredible visual experience as well as improved accessibility and detail about GAB Community Services, plus easier registration, contact and donation options, among many more upgrades.

Enough talk… there is no better way to introduce the new and improved GABNOW.ORG to you than inviting you to take a browse yourself. Check out the new and improved GABNOW.ORG

GAB in the Schools

SPOTLIGHT ELKS LODGE

GAB receives a $2500.00 Elks Gratuity Grant presented by Janis Doleschal, Royal Knight to Linda Lee (Executive Director) In Photo.

07.17

Kiwanis Club Hosts PANCAKE BREAKFAST to help support gab

PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Place: Waukesha County Fair – Leinie Lodge Tent (Expo Center Fairgrounds)
Date: Saturday, July 22nd

This year the annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast benefited Generations Against Bullying (GAB) to help support anti-bullying programs, education and events.

What is an Upstander?

“How many times have you seen us refer to an “Upstander?” Well if you are a GAB faithful, it must be in the thousands. In fact, you’ve probably seen it at least a dozen or more times in this newsletter alone.

Are you an “Upstander?” Learn More.

06.17

GAB PEER AMBASSADORS CLASS OF ’17 RECEIVE VALEDICTORIAN GOLD MEDAL

Peer Ambassador Meetings

Generations Against Bullying was one of the seven organizations, clubs, and accomplishments required for graduating Seniors to receive the Valedictorian Gold Medal at Greendale High School this year!

The graduates were adorned with teal cords for being a GAB Peer Ambassador throughout their high school years. Congrats Peer Ambassadors! GAB is so proud of you. Thank you for being an Upstander!

SPOTLIGHT ON STEVE LODES

Peer Ambassador Meetings

A Special Thanks to Greendale High School Principal; Steve Lodes.

Mr. Lodes has shown GAB exceptional support and hospitality by welcoming us into the school and allowing us the space to conduct our Student Peer Ambassador Meetings.

Thank You Mr. Lodes!

Peer Ambassador Meetings

06.17

Peer Ambassadors keep GAB rollin’ at Monthly Meetings

Generations Against Bullying moves ahead at the pace of our Peer Ambassadors and our Peer Ambassadors are rockin’.

Our Student Peer Ambassadors organized productive meetings during the ’16-17′ school year which helped plan GAB events and continued their education. Meetings will resume at the beginning of the upcoming school year. Expect our Peer Ambassadors to exceed all expectations once again.

Sight and Sound GAB Promo

The new GAB BLOG is your central hub for all GAB news, updates, meeting minutes, videos, newsletters and events? Check it out and save it to your home screen…

06.17

Bader Rutter Receives Awards for GAB Rebranding Ads and Logos

Bader Rutter Receives Awards

June 2016 was the start of a watershed year for Generations Against Bullying (GAB) on many fronts including Milwaukee ad agency Bader Rutter offering GAB a rebranding right on pace with our new website and eCommerce store. The results were “award winning”

Take a look at the award-winning results and get the full story.

Testimonial

Ash Renteria

Graphic Designer
GAB Volunteer

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.”

HENDERSON’S RIDE FOR HOPE

06.17

HENDERSON’S RIDE FOR HOPE WAS FUN FOR ALL

Over 200 riders took part in Henderson’s ride For Hope to benefit Generations Against Bullying (GAB). Riders left Coal Dock Park on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Port Washington, WI escorted by Packer Super Bowl Champs William Henderson and Dorsey Levens joined by former Green Bay Packer Tony Fisher.

Thank YOU
GAB VOLUNTEERS

“Volunteers have hearts of gold and volunteering takes a sheer selfless sense of wanting to give back to the community. GAB is so grateful to all our volunteers who have helped to make our world a better place. It is your selfless giving of time and effort that has made GAB a tremendous organization and has helped us save lives. You are all amazing volunteers! Thank you.”

Sincerely,
Linda Lee

05.17

GAB Celebrity Speakers Tour Area Schools

GAB in the Schools

It’s been a great year in spreading the anti-bullying message. As GAB continues to ramp up its services and programs, schools are becoming more inclined to take more focused action in getting students involved.

We have recently visited over 30 schools and organizations and look forward to many more during the upcoming school year.

Testimonial

Juan Renteria

Renteria Renovations
GAB Sponsor

“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…”

GAB Peer Ambassadors Shine in Madison at the 2017 Wisconsin Association of Student Councils State Jam

05.17

GAB Peer Ambassadors Shine at 2017 WASC State Jam

It’s happening, Our Peer Ambassadors are making a huge impact throughout Wisconsin. At this years 2017 Wisconsin Association of Student Councils State Jam our Our Peer Ambassadors; Diana Victory, Noor Fleifel, Ariel Griffin, Tess Schaefer, and Anina Lee, lead two, 1-hour breakout groups with thought provoking videos and interactive activities. Their presentations were so effective that one of the students approached our Peers after a presentation and said she was going to contact her school administration to establish a Peer Ambassador Program in her school. Get the full story and event photos.

Testimonial

Charmaine Schaefer

Mrs. Charmaine Schaefer
Student Parent

“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.”

04.17

Buddy Bear the “Ambassadog” welcomed as new GAB Celebrity Speaker

Buddy Bear

Yes, you read that right. Buddy Bear is on our Celebrity Speaker team. You see, there is a common tie between animal abuse and bullying. It’s crucial to help kids see the connection and to learn the behavioral signs of bullying and abuse.

Buddy Bear the “Ambassadog” is the perfect addition to our line-up of GAB Community Service for elementary schools to teach kids how to become Upstanders

We love
our Sponsors

“GAB is a non-profit organization. Our board of directors, executives, volunteers and speakers all volunteer their time… without compensation. Without you, GAB could not exist. We never forget that and appreciate your ongoing support and referrals.”

Selected for Point of Light Award

01.17

Peer Ambassador Recognized by Communities and Nationally

Peer Ambassador Lucas Smith has taken the GAB message to the “Next Level.”

His passion and commitment have been recognized with the Wisconsin Hero Award, The Prudential Community Spirit Award, and The Daily Point of Light Award

He even appeared at Miller Park to throw the first pitch in front of thousands prior to the Milwaukee Brewers taking the field.

01.17

Peer Ambassadors “represent” at GHS 8th Grader Orientation

Peer Ambassador 8th Grade Transition Team

Each year Greendale High School hosts a Co-Curricular Fair.

The fair allows incoming 8th Graders to interact with faculty and students and gives them the opportunity to pre-register for sports, clubs, non-profits and more.

Our 8th Grade Transition Team was made up by Peer Ambassadors Noor, Sheridan, Diana, Ashley and Mohsin represent GAB and did superb job at recruiting

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