Bullying continues to be a devastating issue among school children in Canada. In a report released this year, PREVNet (Promoting Relationships & Eliminating Violence Network) research indicated:
- 75% of people say they have been affected by bullying
- Half of students report that bullying is a problem at their high school
- 1 in 5 teens now report being victimized electronically
- 60% of boys who bully in school have criminal records by the age of 24
Travis Price is the co-founder of Pink Shirt Day and a dynamic speaker on kindness and preventing bullying. WITS wants to bring Travis to as many schools as possible in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Travis message is specifically for students, and teaches them important bullying prevention tools. He will share how he took a stand against bullying and in doing so, created the Pink Shirt Day / Pink Day movement that has spread throughout the world. Most importantly, he will help them understand that they are not alone and encourage them to treat each other with kindness.
To carry out his mission, he has partnered with WITS, Canada's bullying prevention program. His visits will also provide the opportunity for schools to get access to the WITS Programs and learn more about the bullying prevention tools they offer to create lasting change within the school and community.
How can you help?
With your contribution, we can bring Travis to as many schools as possible. Although we have set a goal, the more money we raise the more schools Travis can visit and the more children we can reach.
At the cost of about $1 per student, every dollar you donate will give another child the opportunity to hear Travis' message. WITS is a registered charity so we will be able to provide tax receipts for donations of over $25.
"It's so powerful. It's one thing hearing it from me but from someone who experienced it, it's an example so that students know they can make a difference."
Lee-Anne Burke, vice-principal at Tompkins Elementary School, Nova Scotia re Travis' talk at their school assembly.
In 2007, Travis and a friend stood up for a new high school student who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Since then, he has led the Pink (Shirt) Day movement, now in several countries and growing. Travis has spoken before almost a million children and has worked with charities and governments. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada for his work in bullying prevention and mental health advocacy.
Follow Travis on social media. Twitter & Instagram: @thepinkdeal
The WITS® group of programs bring together schools, families and communities to create safe responsive environments to help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization. Started 21 years ago in Victoria BC, programs are now in every province and territory in over 1300 schools. In a 2016 report from Dalhousie University, WITS was determined to be the best program of its kind in Canada. Programs are developed in cooperation with the University of Victoria and disseminated by the WITS Programs Foundation, a registered Canadian Charity. Learn more at: witsprogram.ca
Let's Help Prevent Bullying Together
Please help us bring Travis to the Lower Mainland to empower students to prevent bullying and treat each other with kindness.