“With Congress stalled on legislation to end the bullying epidemic, the Mayors’ Campaign to End Bullying is a critical initiative to establish policies and programs that would improve the lives of the 13 million kids bullied in America each year.” said Lee Hirsch, filmmaker behind Bully and founder of The BULLY Project.
Culver City Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells, along with mayors in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach, Sacramento, Stockton, Anaheim, Irvine, Napa and Palo Alto has signed onto a new partnership with The US Conference of Mayors and The BULLY Project as part of a major national initiative to develop local solutions-based responses to combat the epidemic of bullying in local schools.
The California mayors join more than 170 mayors from around the country who have signed on to the project – called the Mayors’ Campaign to End Bullying – to raise awareness, foster safe school climate, and work with experts from The BULLY Project to create customized responses to bullying in their local school districts.
As part of the initiative, San Francisco, Napa, Culver City, Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach, Sacramento, Stockton, Anaheim, Irvine, and Palo Alto will have access to technical support from a team of education specialists at the University of Illinois in partnership with The BULLY Project.
The experts will provide participating mayors with advice and research on programmatic approaches to ending bullying, so the solutions developed through the initiative are based strongly in recognized best practices and have a sustainable impact that lasts beyond National Bullying Prevention Month in October.
“Working with California’s mayors,” HIrsch noted, “we hope to engage cities and community across the State in developing a city-specific action plans that draw from research-based initiatives and best practices, so that we move beyond temporary fixes to permanent solutions that enable all children and educators to learn and teach in safe, supportive environments.”