On February 26th, 2014 hundreds of thousands Pink Shirt Day supporters committed to “make some noise against bullying” and their message was heard. $200,000 was raised as a result of the campaign organized by the CKNW Orphans’ Fund.
Six organizations have now been approved for funding for anti-bullying programs, including:
|Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC: Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC provides children and youth a safe, supportive place where they can overcome barriers, experience new opportunities, build positive relationships, as well as develop confidence and skills for life. Pink Shirt Day is proud to support the anti-bullying programs they hold at their 12 neighbourhood-based clubs in the Lower Mainland. Each of the 1,000 children who come to BGC each day is supported in developing the resiliency against bullying in all its forms, and in developing the skills to be active participants in bullying prevention.|
|Canadian Red Cross of BC: The Canadian Red Cross of BC offers an extensivenetwork of programs and services that actively reach out and serve local communities throughout the province. Pink Shirt Day is proud to support their RespectED violence and abuse prevention program, which addresses violence against children, relationship violence, bullying and harassment, and helps organizations create safe environments for children in their care.|
|Kids Help Phone: Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only free, national, bilingual, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for young people ages 5-20. Pink Shirt Day is proud to support their anonymous and confidential professional counselling for children and youth at risk all across Canada.|
|Kidsafe Project Society: Kidsafe Project Society has provided nutritious meals, recreational and developmental programming, and emotional support to over 450 inner-city Vancouver children annually since 1993. Pink Shirt Day is proud to support their Young Leaders program, which teaches youth, who are navigating adolescence in uncertain circumstances, pre-employment skills. It also provides first aid, babysitting and Food Safe courses, resume writing and interviewing skills, sports and out-trips, and involvement in community service.|
|Leave out Violence Society (LOVE BC): Leave out Violence Society (LOVE BC) has numerous programs that are designed to help youth overcome the challenges of violence in their lives and to develop skills to become leaders in ending violence. Pink Shirt Day is proud to support the anti-bullying work they do through leadership and violence prevention committees. They hold workshops that address the root causes of bullying and actively work to support youth in building respect for each other.|
|YMCA of Greater Vancouver: YMCA of Greater Vancouver has been providing a safe, secure place for young people to be active and make
connections for over 126 years. Pink Shirt Day is proud to support their alternative suspension program. This program is an opportunity for suspended students to turn their time away from school into a positive experience. Students have time to get caught up on school work, as well as time to attend workshops to get to the root of the students’ difficulties.