Generations Against Bullying Inc

Upstander

aka GAB   |   MILWAUKEE, WI   |  gabnow.org

Mission

Vision  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. Mission  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.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Mrs Linda J Lee

Main address

6550 W FOREST HOME AVE

MILWAUKEE, WI 53220 USA

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Formerly known as

Greendale Against Bullying

EIN

46-1571962

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association have deemed bullying a national epidemic. Generations Against Bullying (GAB) believes that bullying is a worldwide problem because we get contacted by individuals in other countries that inquire whether we have a presence in their country. Recently, an employee of JAL personally relayed his hope that GAB will be in Japan soon. Despite the mountain of great information and programs available concerning bullying, the problem continues to get worse. It does not matter what size of audience we address, at least 60% of the attendees indicate they have been bullied . In fact, bullycide (suicide as a direct result of bullying) is one of the leading causes of death in our children ages 10–14 years. The scars from bullying last a lifetime, and people are looking for a way to address it.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Upstander Peer Ambassador Program

GAB has created a one-of-a-kind program that helps to inform, teach, prepare, and train students to be Upstanders in their school and community. Beginning with high school, GAB worked closely with students at a local high school to design a curriculum consisting of ten lesson plans to be spread over one school year. It is an after-school program that is available to any student that wants to be involved. Current and past students have shared various reasons for their interest and for wanting to be a Upstander Peer Ambassador and an Upstander in their school. This program was the number one activity with sign-ups by incoming freshman among all after-school clubs, and other school organizations. It has been the fastest growing club at the high school, making a clear statement for a need and desire for a program that addresses this issue. This program puts the effective tools and positive power into the hands of the students to stand up to bullies and to positively address bullying situations. The Peer Ambassadors influence and inspire other grades to be Upstanders, too. This program is run by Peer Ambassadors at the monthly meetings which are supervised by an adult GAB team member. Our Peer Ambassadors have even been reached out to by parents for advice and resources. The Peer Ambassadors stay active in spreading the Upstander message through school and community presentations, community events, parades, GAB events, media appearances, and participate in the Wisconsin Association of Student Councils, Community Movie Night Events, and much more!

Population(s) Served

Movie Night is a special event hosted by Generations Against Bullying (GAB) held at a selected school. At Movie Night, there will be a viewing of a special movie version of combined excerpts from the movie “Bully” by Lee Hirsh and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 documentary on bullying. This 52-minute powerful video is not only eye-opening to the bullying epidemic but it really puts into perspective the severity of how much our youth are suffering. The movie offers insight into different facets of America’s bullying crisis as it follows five youths and their families over the course of a school year. Glimpses into the home and school settings of these kids creates a powerful and inspiring film that is a must-see for every child, student, teenager, parent, educator, and adult.

Why Have a Movie Night?
Movie Night is an excellent way to have students, parents, the community, and school officials come together to learn more about the bullying epidemic and to learn ways to help put an end to it while having a fun and memorable experience.

What to Expect at Movie Night
Movie Night will be a fun and memorable experience despite the seriousness of the topic of bullying. Each Movie Night event will have a special speaker and/or visitor. Speakers range from popular athletes, YouTube celebrities, pageant winners with anti-bullying platforms, other celebrities, popular local coaches, mentors, motivators, title holders, authors, and other influential
and inspiring personnel.

Movie Night is also offers everyone the chance to meet Buddy Bear, GAB’s Ambassa-dog! Buddy Bear is a dog with a horrific story of bullying but also a story of survival, determination, overcoming hardships, strength, and inspiration. Everyone will get the chance to learn Buddy Bear's story and be inspired to help others just like Buddy Bear helps to battle bullying. At Movie Night, there will be GAB merchandise available for purchase including T-shirts.

How will Movie Night benefit Schools, Students, and Parents?
It is estimated that 13 million children will be bullied in school each year and approximately 160,000 students each day will skip school due to bullying, according to the National Education Association. The rate of suicide committed by our youth due to some form of bullying is on the rise. The amount of bullying that is taking place over the internet (cyber-bullying) and other forms of media such as cell phones, videos, and more, has also been increasing over the years due to accessibility and anonymity. Those who are bullies in schools tend to carry on those bullying behaviors into their adulthood. Unfortunately, bullying is something that children are great at hiding from their parents and other adults. Bullying behavior is often over-looked, underestimated, ignored, or denied to occur. It’s hard to acknowledge bullying behavior in our youth because it’s not something that one is proud of and simultaneously, it is also hard to admit to being bullied because it can be embarrassing. Victims of bullying can do a great job at hiding their pain, fear, and suffering from adults, despite a wide range of signs.

Movie Night will provide parents with the knowledge of what signs of bullying to look for and it will also influence families to spark conversation within their own homes on the topics of bullying and cyber-bullying or to simply become more knowledgeable of what is going on in the lives of your children. Movie Night will encourage a more open line of conversation amongst parents and their children. Parents will gain insight on the severity of this epidemic and how to protect their children. Students will learn ways to become an upstander for their peers instead of being a bystander. Students will also learn ways to get help, communicate their feelings, handle situations, and how to help put an end this crisis. Movie Night will open everyone’s eyes and mind to the bullying epidemic and will hopefully inspire everyone to help make a change.

Schools will benefit from Movie Night because after the knowledge and inspiration that this event will provide, there will be a more comfortable and safe environment for students in schools. Movie Night will help change the culture of learning for not only students but for parents and educators as well. By watching the movie, conversation, awareness, and change will arise on this issue. Movie Night intends on making the lives of our children more desirable, joyful, and positively memorable.

Population(s) Served

GAB school assemblies are unique because we provide extraordinary speakers with an uplifting message of what it takes to be an
upstander. We illustrate who in history has made the commitment to being an upstander, and how our youth can follow in the
footsteps of legendary upstanders, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, and others. GAB views the
school assembly as the beginning of our involvement with your school. We will provide resources that will continue to bring
awareness about the epidemic of bullying, and information that will assist victims, bystanders, teachers, and administrators.
GAB has a speaker series ready to provide a lasting message for our youth.
GAB speakers provide the platform to begin a productive dialogue. We will remain in contact, rather than considering the job
complete. We seek to offer resources to build upon the momentum created from the school assembly. GAB school assemblies are
carefully planned to bring awareness to the devastating effects of bullying, encouraging respect towards one’s peers, and providing
the inspiration and roadmap to be an upstander.
GOALS:
 Bring awareness to all students, faculty, and staff about the prevalence of bullying.
 Discuss historical upstanders and anecdotal stories of upstanders.
 Inspire and provide students the roadmap to become upstanders.
GAB believes all kids have the ability to make a difference in the world, and we seek to inspire them by teaching the key ingredients
and commonalities of the great upstanders in history. The underlying message of being an upstander requires love and the courage
to act.
GAB FOLLOW-UP PLAN:
GAB views the school assembly as the essential first step toward addressing the bullying epidemic.
Students often have many questions that go unanswered. The school assembly will encourage students to seek out answers to
their questions:
 Who can I trust and tell that I am being mistreated?
 How do I get someone to stop bullying me?
 How do I respond to social media attacks?
 How can I become an upstander?
GAB’s speakers can provide a positive message about bullying, to help open the door for teachers to start a dialog with students:
 Strategies for preventing bullying by encouraging a culture of respect for the differences among students.
 How building a positive support network among students and other adults can help prevent bullying.
 Positive engagement of teachers, staff, and faculty, can create an atmosphere for constructive communication.
Resources
GAB provides resources based on the most effective research to date. We provide resources for both teachers, administration, and
students to serve as a basis for further conversations after the assembly. Our resources and messages are tailored to the intended
audience, whether it is elementary, middle or high school students. We provide hands-on materials that include ongoing efforts to

combat bullying. The follow-up packet includes the importance for peer to peer interaction, character building, role playing, anti-
bullying contracts, and activities concerning cyberbullying intervention and response.

Population(s) Served

We have a booth or table set up at events that we're invited to in order to raise awareness about our program via conversation and sharing materials. We sometimes sell GAB Gear and accept donations at the same time.

Population(s) Served

We work with employees to teach them how to deal with bullying issues, especially as an Upstander who can intercede on behalf of the victim in an appropriate, sensitive, and non-threatening way.

Population(s) Served

We teach the elderly and those who work with them how to appropriately intercede in the event that bullying occurs, using sensitive and non-threatening techniques.

Population(s) Served

We offer male and female scouts of all ages the opportunity to earn the Upstander patch based on age-appropriate educational requirements about bullying prevention.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

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Related Program

Upstander Peer Ambassador Program

Context Notes

The high school Peer Ambassador program was implemented in 2013 and started with 10 students. It provides resources and tools necessary to teach the students how to end bullying and become Upstanders

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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. Our research has found that if a bystander to bullying becomes an upstander in a non-threatening way, the bullying will stop within 10 seconds 85% of the time.

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. We are working to establish our positive Peer Ambassador Upstander Program in every school in our nation. This program will change the culture of learning in each school.

We have created a complete curriculum with 10 lesson plans that any adviser can use to create and manage a Peer Ambassador Upstander Program. We are hands-on and can train and help the school advisers implement the program. We have performed many student assemblies with special, motivational guest speakers from our organization, and held special Movie Events where our proprietary, 54-minute movie is shown to illustrate the devastating effects of bullying.

Generations Against Bullying (GAB) is a unique anti-bully organization that was started from an idea and we just celebrated the start of our sixth year. We have created a positive approach to a very negative problem, which no one wants to admit they have. Our research found that if a bystander to bullying becomes an upstander in a non-threatening way, the bullying will stop within 10 seconds 85% of the time. All of Generations Against Bullying's programs are centered on creating upstanders. We have created a complete curriculum with 10 lesson plans that any adviser can use to create a Peer Ambassador Program (PAP) in their school. This program was created with the help of current student's input, so we know it is relevant to today's problems. Our pilot PAP grew from 10 students during the first year to 204 in the 5th year. We have presented to 10's of schools and thousands of students, conducted Movie Events, held fundraisers, collaborated with other organizations, worked on legislation, performed numerous radio and TV interviews, created videos, and established an office where someone actually answers the phone. Please visit our website, www.gabnow.org to see all of our accomplishments.

We are working to establish a PAP in every school in our nation starting in Southeast Wisconsin. We need to grow our income to be able to increase our staff to accomplish that goal, and continue our outreach programs. We are going to introduce a bill into the Wisconsin state legislature to require that all schools have a lockbox for bully reports on site, and an anonymous bully reporting system on their website.

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Generations Against Bullying Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/31/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Clay Iverson

Mukwonago High School

Term: 2017 - 2020


Board co-chair

Judge Scott Wales

Fox Point Municipal Court

Term: 2017 - 2020

Teri Nicolai

Generations Against Bullying

Tonette Walker

First Lady of Wisconsin

Leonard Peace

FBI

Doug Meske, MD

Hope for a Better Tomorrow

Dr. Sheila Gissibl, Psy.

Hope for a Better Tomorrow

William Henderson

Green Bay Packers

Bob Johnson

16th District of Kenosha

James Hall, Jr.

Hall, Burce & Olson

Brian Black

Sports Medicine

Raul Mateo, MD

Lake Shore Medical

Dr. James Larson, Psy

UW-Whitewater