Student Leaders Creating Change



Keynote speech on bullying


Presented by Vangie Castro, Youth Education Program Manager, at the AAUW luncheon, March 2013


What Exactly IS Bullying?


A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself. This definition includes three important components:

  1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.
  2. It involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.
  3. It involves an imbalance of power or strength.

Bullying Facts


77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, & physically.

1 in 5 kids admits to being a bully, or doing some bullying.

8% of students miss at least 1 day of class per month for fear of bullies.


28% of youths who carry weapons have witnessed violence at home.


35% of adults in the workforce experience bullying at work.


282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.


Bullying victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims


Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. Adult intervention 4%. Peer Intervention, 11%. No intervention 85%.


Sources: The Bureau of Justice Statistics - School Crime and Safety, Yale University studies



Take the pledge!


The Diversity Council challenges children, youth, and adults to pledge to do their part to end the scourge of bullying—in schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes. Download the pledge, sign it, and keep it as a reminder of your commitment.



Stand Up! Speak Out!


"Stand Up! Speak Out!" is the Diversity Council's anti-bullying workshop for adults and youth. If you would like us to present this program at your school or community group, contact Vangie at 507.282.9951 or



Student Leaders Creating Change


SLCC is our peer intervention anti-bullying training program for student leaders in area high schools. Learn more


What Can YOU Do About Bullying?

  1. First of all, don't be a bully yourself!
  2. Don't encourage others who are bullying by laughing or egging them on.
  3. Don't protect the bully.
  4. Don't stay silent. Use your power to speak up!
  5. If you feel it's not safe for you to try to stop the bullying, find an adult you trust to intervene.
  6. Support the victim. Encourage them, walk down the hallways beside them, sit with them at lunch.
  7. Support others who have the courage to speak up against bullying. There is strength in numbers.
  8. Respect yourself and respect others.
  9. Appreciate others for their differences.
  10. Create a culture of friendship and inclusion.
  11. Make it clear that bullying is not cool.
  12. Be part of the solution, not the problem!
  13. Take the pledge to do your part to end bullying!



About Suicide and Bullying


Suicide is extremely complex.  Usually, people who take their lives have an underlying vulnerability, such as a mental illness like depression, or substance abuse. Experiencing a significant crisis then triggers suicidal thoughts.

Bullying can be a contributing factor in suicide as the triggering crisis, but it is never the only contributor.

Having adequate social support is important for everyone to maintain positive mental health.  People who experience bullying often lack this social support. Social connectedness helps people get through the tough times in our lives. Do you know someone who is experiencing bullying? Be an ally. Be a friend.



Resources Provides individuals and organizations with information, resources, education, training, events, and campaigns that increase awareness of the issue of bullying and ways to respond to and prevent bullying.


Exploring the Nature and Prevention of Bullying. Provides a five-part online course for teachers, counselors, and school administrators to understand, select, and implement comprehensive bullying prevention programs for school-age children.  Developed by Education Development Center, Inc., for the U.S. Department of Education.


Eyes on Bullying. Provides a multimedia program to prepare parents and caregivers to prevent bullying in children’s lives. Features the Eyes on Bullying Toolkit with insights, strategies, skills-building activities, and resources. Designed especially for adults to use with children and youth in homes, child care centers, afterschool and youth programs, and camps. Funded by the IBM Global Work/Life Fund.


National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center. Provides information and links to resources on bullying and violence prevention for parents, teenagers, schools, and afterschool programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


PACER National Center for Bullying Prevention. Provides resources for adults about bullying, with a special focus on children with disabilities.  Includes information on Bullying Prevention Awareness Week and an animated site for elementary school students. Some content is translated into Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.


PREVNet. Provides information on bullying prevention, including research summaries and toolkits. Created by a national network of researchers and organizations in Canada committed to stopping bullying.  Presented in English and French. Sponsored by the Networks of Centres of Excellence, Queen’s University, and York University.


Stop Bullying Now! Provides information about bullying and prevention/intervention strategies for parents, children (ages 9 to 13), teachers, other school staff, and health and safety professionals. Features a resource kit with tips and facts. Includes web episodes and games for children, an activities guide, a video toolkit, and video workshops. Presents an extensive and searchable database of resources on bullying prevention. The information for adults is presented in English and Spanish. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).


Behavioral Institute for Children & Adolescents

Training and resources relating to children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Based in Roseville, MN


After a Suicide: Toolkit for Schools


Suicide and Bullying: A Brief