School violence in the form of bullying/harassment and gun violence can leave youths with feelings of hopelessness, affect academic performance, disrupt family life, and stunt emotional growth.
The Initiative works to help prevent bullying and harassment,. We seek to help educate parents, educators, and school administrators about the challenges that AAPI and Muslim youth encounter in the context of bullying. We have found that when we fail at addressing bullying, we put ourselves at a disadvantage for increasing academic achievement and making sure all of our students are college and career ready.
Every day, thousands of kids, teens, and young adults around the country are bullied. Data from the federal government shows that nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each school year – upwards of 13 million students. Students who are involved in bullying are more likely to have challenges in school, to abuse drugs and alcohol, and to have health and mental health issues.
The Initiative will engage everyone from parents to educators, administrators to agencies, to connect communities to the resources they need such as technical assistance webinars. We aim to help schools reduce bullying and raise awareness on unique issues facing the AAPI community including limited English proficiency. Most importantly we want to help prevent tragedies and help students succeed.