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As a mom of a tween I constantly worry about bullying which we sometimes forget can come in different forms, it’s not always physical bullying. I think we’re more aware now than we’ve ever been but to me there is no such thing as too much support for anti-bullying! Please share and read this wonderful news and what this amazing Grade 9 student is doing!
London Drugs supports Surrey teen’s anti-bullying campaign, SWAG (Safe with a Group)
Local project hopes to mobilize generation of change and end bullying
SURREY, B.C., May 13, 2013 – It might be a big undertaking, but a Grade 9 student in Surrey has convinced a lot of people including the RCMP and Kids Help Phone, a simple wristband with a big message could have a very big impact among kids her age.
Siena Stampacchia conceptualized SWAG (Safe with a Group) and the campaign’s blue and pink wristbands for students to wear that lets other students know, “I’m wearing SWAG, I’m here to help and be a friend whenever necessary.”
Like many young adults her age, Stampacchia has witnessed bullying all too often at school and when she discussed the idea of wearing a wristband as a sign and invitation to let others know she would be there for them in a time of need, the SWAG idea resonated with her peers.
“Society establishes an acceptable behavior; this is true among teens and their peers,” says Stampacchia. “It is important to get teens that have a strong influence within their social groups (team captains, fashionistas, student council members etc) to be actively involved to end bullying. By wearing the SWAG wristband it reminds us and those being bullied that we are committed to end bullying – THIS will create change.”
According to Stampacchia, SWAG is intended to support teens who are being bullied by creating a ‘Safe’ show of support around the teen being bullied. This ‘Safe Group’ is a quiet but impactful way to show that bullying will not be tolerated. It starts by getting involved and creating an environment where teens feel Safe With A Group. It is not meant to single out the bullies but rather start a movement that changes the mindset of youth – providing information on what they can do when they see bullying at school or on social media, and who they can contact if they know a youth is at risk of harming themselves or being harmed by others.
Stampacchia has had meetings with Kids Help Phone and through her mother, discussions with the B.C. RCMP Youth Strategies. Both entities are supporting SWAG with additional information and referral services as part the campaign’s educational toolkit.
The SWAG Mantra and pledge:
I will not be silent, I will be your voice
I will not walk by, I will stand with you
I will not ignore you, I will include you
I am not a bully, I am a friend.
The $3.00 SWAG wristbands are available at a variety of London Drugs stores in Western Canada as well as www.londondrugs.com with 100% proceeds going to the Kids Help Phone http://www.kidshelpphone.ca/Teens/InfoBooth/Bullying.aspx
Stampacchia confidently says, “We are becoming the generation of change, we are becoming the generation of acceptance and we are the generation to end bullying.”