BBYO Annual Report FY 13 - Page 7

RESPONDING T O T R A G E D Y: HURRICANE S A N DY “I learned from a victim that the littlest of things have the biggest of impacts.” — Jediah Zuraw-Friedland, Mishpacha BBYO, BBYO Connecticut TA K I N G A S TA N D : T H E B U L LY PROJECT “I’m not going to quit until bullying does.” —Kirk Smalley, BBYO Eastern Region program guest, featured in film In June, BBYO teens from across the world BBYO teens across North America continue came together at the BBYO Stand UP and to work on making their communities Rebuild Issue Summit to help families and inclusive spaces for all teens. BBYO Eastern restore communities still suffering from Region focused its community’s attention the effects of Hurricane Sandy. On Staten on bullying by hosting a showing of the Island, one group beautified a community’s powerful film The Bully Project. Sharing residential area, while other groups worked his painful first-hand knowledge of the topic on a sustainable greenhouse, sorted clothes was the event’s guest speaker Kirk Smalley, and distributed food. BBYO member Marla featured in the film, whose son committed Friedson spoke for many when she said, suicide after being bullied. Eastern Region “I realized that to help these people get opened the program to the community at back on their feet, they needed to feel like large. Guidance counselors and principals they were back home, not living at the from local schools attended, as did the site of the storm. That’s what we did — we Virginia Beach police department. The made their community look like home.” program was so successful, a local private school is duplicating it for the school’s own parents and teens. BBYO FY 2013 Annual Report 5