Hello, I am Anna Holcombe, a “4-Her” from Canon, Ga. I am 15 years old. 4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in the world and it is committed to educating youth on all aspects of bullying. Un día, en el 4-H de mi condado, tuve que hacer un tríptico sobre el acoso. Luego de investigar por varias horas, me sorprendieron la cantidad de cosas que no había tenido en cuenta antes de comenzar mi estudio. Automáticamente, sentí la necesidad de defender a esos niños y adolescentes.
El año pasado, tuve la oportunidad de enseñarle a un grupo de niños de Georgia Cyber Academy un juego sobre la prevención del acoso. Funcionó tan bien que se lo volví a enseñar a un grupo de 4-H en un evento estatal del otoño pasado. En los últimos dos años, enseñé muchas clases sobre el acoso a grupos de 4-H de todas las edades.
Last summer, I was asked to speak on a youth panel at the 2012 Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit Washington, D.C. about my experience with bullying. It was such an honor to not only attend but to speak at this summit. Meeting people there who share the same goals as I do about bullying was astonishing. While I was attending the summit I was interviewed by Fox 5 news, and various other people about my bullying experience. It was such an honor to be a part of such a great event. I am also a member of the NO BULL youth advisory council for the Great American No Bull Challenge. I continue to teach bullying classes throughout the year to youth of all different ages and backgrounds and share my experiences and knowledge with others.
We tend to shy away from confrontation. I have learned that leadership starts with me taking the first step. Many others will join your efforts once a movement has begun. This would be my hope for this challenge to end bullying. I may not be able to stand up against millions of people alone to protest bullying but when joined together with other passionate individuals, we can stop bullying and make the world, and millions of victim's lives, better.
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