Posted by Maria Mangicaro
Bullying Prevention Advocate
Published on Jun 4, 2013
Mon, Jun 3: The federal government is launching a $250,000 project that puts youth at the forefront of the fight against bullying. One politician behind the new initiative is eager to create positive change, after his own son ended his life because of bullying. Shirlee Engel reports. For more info, please go tohttp://www.globalnews.ca
Feds pledge $250K to youth-led anti-bullying project
2,400 students to be trained by Red Cross to deliver anti-bullying workshops
The federal government will fund the training of 2,400 young people to deliver anti-bullying workshops in their communities and reach out to others, according to an announcement made Monday at the Ottawa school of a student who committed suicide after years of bullying.
Heritage Minister James Moore made the announcement at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School in suburban Kanata alongside the prime minister’s wife, Laureen Harper, and Ottawa Coun. Allan Hubley, the father of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley, who died in the fall of 2011.
“If we do nothing, it will lead to the death of children,” Moore told reporters and students Monday.
Harper said: “This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, as well as my husband’s.”
The Canadian Red Cross’s Stand Up to Bullying and Discrimination in Canadian Communities project will get $250,000 in funding from Canadian Heritage’s Youth Take Charge program, Moore said.
About 2,400 young people, ages 13 to 17, will be trained during the first part of the program to deliver workshops, presentations and other special events about bullying and cyberbullying.
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