Presidential Candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders Makes First Ever Anti-Bullying Global Initiative Announcement from The Kennedy Center

May 13, 2019

Washington, D.C., May 13, 2019--In a pre-recorded message, Presidential Candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders will be making a first-ever global anti-bullying initiative announcement that will be broadcast live around the world to prevent and stop bullying globally from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Senator Sanders' message is part of the “Unleash Your Superpowers: An International PeerPositivePOWER Presentation,” which is an extension The Music in Me Foundation International’s successful anti-bullying initiative, PeerPositivePOWER. It is an enormous honor to be selected for the second year in a row by the world famous performing arts institution in celebration of DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's achievement in implementing PeerPositivePOWER in schools across DC. PeerPositivePOWER helps students develop and learn academically, socially and emotionally in preparation for college, career and citizenship. The program uses hip-hop, the performing arts, American Sign Language, STEM and its “Rap” on Reading Celebrity Book Series to address this devastating epidemic.

       It is shocking that approximately, 160,000 students miss school every day in fear of being terrorized at school in America. About 4,440 young people commit suicide every year due to bullying, making suicide the second leading cause of death of youth between 10 to 24 years. According to recent research, bullying affects everyone. Youth violence costs the US economy $158 billion every year. However, bullying happens not just in the United States, but also all over the world. International researchers have demonstrated that bullying in schools is sadly universal. According to UNICEF this trend of harassment is something young people are experiencing globally. More than 90 percent of youth in Senegal, Mexico, Uganda, Chile, Malaysia, Swaziland, Mali, Guinea and Indonesia called bullying a problem in their communities.

       Unleash Your Superpowers: An International PeerPositivePOWER Presentation” delivers an intersectional, multicultural, interfaith and multimodality approach to unity, uniquely blending anti-bullying through hip-hop, drum circle, American Sign Language, dance, mime and multimedia. This interactive presentation, seen by over 100,000 people, takes audiences on a journey as to where and how to discover their inner special gifts or what The Music in Me Foundation International refers to as "superpowers." Furthermore, the foundation's PeerPositivePOWER Hip-Hop Ambassador Big Sean (Chart-Topping Rapper), is providing hand-autographed copies of the young adult novel, "Sparkle," which he wrote the forward to and endorses. Other announcements from guest celebrities and public figures include DC. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Chart-Topping Rapper Big Sean & Myra Anderson (his mom) and Britain's Got Talent Internet Sensation, Father Ray Kelly.

       The Music in Me Foundation International stops bullying through its research-based peer intervention initiative by inspiring a sense of community, leadership, team building and self-esteem in youth to become positive thinkers and doers. Music, storytelling, literacy, STEM and the performing arts are used as tools in discovering inner strengths (or superpowers) to achieve immediate and long lasting brighter futures.

       Be In The Know About Bullying is an anti-­bullying program centered on the philosophy that students can make a meaningful impact on preventing bullying in their schools through leadership, education, and the use of meaningful mentors from the NFL, who serve as ambassadors. What better way to preach and advocate for non-violent peer resolution than to have some of the fiercest competitors in the world sharing their stories and beliefs on the harmful effects of bullying in schools and communities.

 

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