We have programs for bullies. Lot’s of programs for bullies. Programs to stop abuse. Programs that focus on the acts and the people committing the act. But there aren’t any programs that deal with the aftermath. I’m not talking about the abuse that you can see. I’m talking about the kid that feels alone. The kid that feels bad about himself. That is depressed. That is considering suicide. Because of something small. Something that was said that we as adults know means nothing in the long run.
The goal of The Pretty Ugly Project is to share all of our stories but for a different purpose. Not to shine a flashlight on bullying. But to empower our kids to show them that they are not alone. That they don’t have to live under this stigma any longer. That just because somebody said something doesn’t mean it has to be true.
So, we are collecting stories from people all over the world. Stories of being bullied or made fun of and how they overcame it. How it made them stronger in the end.
We’re going to take these stories and publish them in a book with a goal of donating 10,000 books to libraries and schools all over the country and ultimately the world. Think of this as “Chicken Soup for the Soul” with the sole purpose of saving our kids lives.
We all have story. What’s yours?