Girl Scouts Spur Adults into Action to Understand and Stop Bullying Amongst Girls
Released on: September 18, 2007, 12:03 pm
Press Release Author: Harlan Editorial, Inc.
Industry: Non Profit
Press Release Summary: Girl bullying is the timely subject of a conference presented by the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, and the goal is to both educate adults about the devastating problem and to spur them into community action.
Press Release Body: The Girls Scouts of the Sierra Nevada has teamed up with the Washoe County School District and The Ophelia Project to bring Girl Bullying: From Awareness to Action, a conference for parents, educators, counselors, social workers, juvenile justice staff, Girl Scout leaders and any adults interested in addressing the issue of relational aggression among girls.
This informational program will be held at the Circus Circus Convention Center in Reno, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6. The conference will be facilitated by The Ophelia Project, a national organization founded to change the climate of bullying amongst children.
Studies have shown that the impact of bullying can be devastating towards youths. Problems from bullying can go beyond just being teased and can increase in the risks of suicide, anxiety, anger and sadness, substance abuse, lower academic performance, increased depression, and eating disorders. The studies show such horrific statistics as:
-- 9 in 10 elementary school students have faced bullying; while 6 in 10 students surveyed admitted to participating in bullying behavior (Stanford University)
-- Girls are nearly twice as likely to bully or be bullied electronically than boys (Clemson University)
-- 2/3 of perpetrators in recent school shooting incidents described feeling persecuted, bullied or threatened by their peers (2002 Safe Schools Initiative Report by the US Secret Service)
-- 160,000 children miss school each day due to fear of being tormented by classmates (National Education Association)
-- 1 in 3 teens and 1 in 6 preteens have been bullied in cyberspace (Fight Crime: Invest in Kids)
-- Between 1992 and 2003, the number of girls arrested for assault rose by 41 percent. Among boys, the increase was 4.3 percent. (US Justice Department)
The Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada is taking initiative to change this critical issue in our community.
The conference is the first-ever in our area designed specifically for adults. The conference is set up into workshops to help participants gain understanding about girl bullying and develop strategies to address the issue in the community. Some of the issues that will be addressed are how to help prevent the cycles of exclusion, gossip, rumor spreading, covert and overt aggression, and the destruction of self-worth. Workshops will also include topics about parenting, cyber-bullying, safe learning environments, and how to make a cultural change in your community.
About Girl Scouts- Sierra Nevada Council Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada is the preeminent organization for and leading authority on girls, serving over 9,000 girls and adults in 23 counties in northern Nevada and eastern California. For 70 years, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada Council has been building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to the Girl Scouts, please call (800) 222-5406 or visit www.gssn.org.
Web Site: http://www.gssn.org
Contact Details: Jimmy T. Lai Director of Marketing & Communications 775-322-0642 ext. 232 Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada 605 Washington Street Reno, NV 89503 775 322 0642 www.gssn.org