While searching for Kindness Activities, I fell upon the JNP Project. I really liked what I saw. Then a little while later I saw they were connected to the School Counselor groups on Facebook.
I asked Dona Rudderow Sturn, who leads the group if she would be willing to talk to you about the JNP Project. Here is what Dona had to say.
“I AM. I CAN. I WILL. EMPOWERED.” These words, which are The JNP Project vision, fuel me.
At the JNP Project, we see bullying as sign of disempowerment—for both the perpetrator and recipient. As a child, I was a victim of bullying. I know firsthand that strong self-esteem is one of the best ways to combat it.
When I was growing up, kids “being mean” to one another was somewhat accepted as typical, if unfortunate, kid behavior. Fortunately, that “kids-will-be-kids” attitude is changing. It’s time to turn the tide of bullying. Today, kids are being hit with waves of horrendous messages—especially about their looks and/or abilities—from other kids at school, and especially on the Internet, where bullies can hide their identities. The awful news, researchers say, is that cyberbullying is slowly, but definitely increasing.
Recent statistics show that face-to-face school bullying—usually done by tweens and teens, ages 10-18—occurs most
often among sixth graders. Reliable data about the highest incidents of cyberbullying is still scarce. However, we already
know that juvenile cyberbullying tactics include harassment, impersonation, photographic torture, creating social media
sites to promote the bullying of the victim, and happy-slapping (videoing a bullying incident of slapping, hitting, kicking, or punching). All and any of these acts are heinous and unacceptable.
At The JNP Project, we’ve discovered the good news: “inner-awesome kids” are not likely to become the recipients of bullying, nor will they likely become bullies. That is why our JNP professional teams are creating a new, fun (and educational!) chapter books series (thirty-one books strong) to help parents and educators help kids recognize their inner-awesome selves (self-esteem), starting at a younger age. Such inner-awesome kids deliberately choose to act from their own character, courage, and confidence—a powerful beginning step in preventing bullying.
In the JNP illustrated Adventures to Awesome series, kids from ages 5-12+ “visit” truth, kindness, harmony, forgiveness, giving, love, compassion, determination, and strength as they meet nine-year-old Jane; her extraordinary talking goldfish, Oracle; and their friend Jake. In the Undersea World of Awesome, our readers—
like the kids at Bates Middle School —become friends with sea-creature characters such as ancient and wise Jaunty Mr. Sea Turtle, Monte The Magnificent magician crab, the teenage Royal Mer-Twins, and the (often) annoying Murky Moray Eel. With Jane, Jake, and Oracle, our readers solve puzzles, discover inner-awesome character traits, and hunt for—and find—The Big Secret. Most of all, kids discover their own empowered character.
One simple way to get involved and combat any form of bullying is building self-esteem through doing acts of goodness for others. We would love to have you join The JNP Project’s exciting new “Acts of…” Boomerang It! Challenge, which is now circling the globe.
(The entire Marley Middle School in Glen Burnie, MD just took the Challenge.)