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"Sammy's Hope" Bullying Prevention Program

Directors: Sam Teusch - Rebecca Engle

In honor of the legacy of 10 year old, Sammy Teusch who sadly, committed suicide following ongoing bullying at his school. Sammy was special! He was loved! His legacy of kindness will live on as we work to prevent bullying nationwide. 


Sammy's Story On Good Morning America:

https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Wellness/dad-speaks-out-bullying-after-son-suicide/story?id=110917476

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The Mission of, "Sammy’s Hope," is to create a better world by fostering a culture of respect, compassion, positivity, and love. We are dedicated to protecting those who are bullied through comprehensive education and support for them and their families. 


Additionally, we provide educational resources for bullies and their families, along with mental recovery support for all parties involved. Join us in honoring Sammy’s legacy as we work together to eradicate bullying and build a more inclusive and understanding community."

(Sam Teusch, Father Of 10 Year Old, Sammy Teusch)

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The Uvalde Foundation for Kids (UFK) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing school violence nationwide. To us here at the foundation, we recognize that school violence entails, sadly, so very many elements beyond the mass school shootings or school threats which make daily headlines.


To effectively end those events, we believe that we must also learn to address the underlying more subtle, often culturally driven & perhaps equally dangerous faces of violence showing up in the classrooms of our schools - For example, the epidemic of bullying within our schools. 


Our unique bullying prevention program is designed to teach students, parents, and educators how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying.The program is based, in part, on the 3 R's of bullying prevention:

  • Recognize: 

    Students should be taught to recognize the different types of bullying, including physical, verbal, emotional, and cyberbullying

  • Report: 

    Students should be encouraged to report bullying to a trusted adult, such as a teacher, counselor, or parent.

  • Refuse: 

    Students should be taught how to refuse to participate in bullying, either as a bully or a bystander.


The UFK bullying prevention program also centers on the "NO BLAME," approach to addressing bullying in schools, a progressive approach our of Europe to address varying aspects of bullying &;intervention, including utilizing peer engagements to foster conflict resolution discussions and increase relationships amongst peers, both from the perspective of the bully and those being bullied.


Our bullying prevention program includes components on bystander intervention, conflict resolution, and positive social skills with student & professional speakers available for bullying prevention assembly & workshops. The program is delivered in a variety of formats, including in-person workshops, online courses, and teacher trainings.


The UFK bullying prevention program is based on the latest research on bullying prevention and has been shown to be effective in reducing bullying behavior. The program has been implemented in schools across the country and has received positive feedback from students, parents, and educators.

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Another unique aspect of our bullying prevention program; is our parent specific focus groups. Educating our youth begins at home. Creating a culture of peace and kindness in our schools begins at home. Our parent focus training groups help parents understand how they can often prove to be a child's first bully OR first friend.


Here are some of the specific activities that are included in the overall UFK bullying prevention program:

  • Bullying prevention lessons: These lessons teach students about the different types of bullying, the effects of bullying, and how to recognize, report, and refuse bullying.

  • Bystander intervention training: This training teaches students how to intervene when they see bullying happening.

  • Conflict resolution training: This training teaches students how to resolve conflicts peacefully.

  • Positive social skills training: This training teaches students how to build friendships, communicate effectively, and manage their emotions.


The UFK bullying prevention program is an important tool in the fight against bullying. By teaching students, parents, and educators how to prevent bullying, the UFK is helping to create safer and more supportive school environments for all students.

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Some Of Our BULLYING PREVENTION WORK IN THE NEWS:


Uvalde Nonprofit Launches TN School Bullying Investigation:

https://fox17.com/news/crisis-in-the-classroom/national-group-investigates-after-parents-say-bullying-led-tn-child-to-die-by-suicide#


Ohio School Bullying Case Sparks National Nonprofit Focus:

https://www.logandaily.com/news/texas-non-profit-takes-interest-in-local-school-bullying-issue/article_29b38214-eb43-11ed-b7b2-9b485352ae3e.html


New York Bullying Case Draws Uvalde Nonprofit:

https://yonkerstimes.com/lets-do-something-about-bullying-in-memory-of-lukas-illescas/


New Jersey 11 Year Old Suicide Prompts Action By National Nonprofit:

https://newjersey.news12.com/death-of-mount-holly-middle-school-student-being-investigated-by-national-nonprofit

https://yonkerstimes.com/lets-do-something-about-bullying-in-memory-of-lukas-illescas/

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