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Letter to President Obama Arnie Duncan from The AAJRM Foundation
The Red Bag - Children's book
The first "fill in" the the picture story book about bullying
Obama said bullying is frequently targeted as "kids that are perceived as different," from the color of their skin to sexual orientation. "It's not something we have to accept," Obama said.
The president also said his big ears and unusual name made him a target: "I wasn't immune. I didn't emerge unscathed."
Today Show Matt Lauer
speaks out against bullying
President Obama against bullying
Bullying and suicide are alarming
Bullying is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4400 deaths per year, according to the CDC.
For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts.
Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.
A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying.
10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the same study.
According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of bullying
Bully-related suicide can be connected to any type of bullying, including physical bullying, emotional bullying,and sexting, or circulating suggestive or nude photos or messages about a person.
Some schools or regions have more serious problems with bullying-related suicide.
This may be due to a problem with bullying at the school. It could also be related to the tendency of students who are exposed to suicide to consider suicide themselves.
Arthur wants to know about your Hoop Dream story ? Have you been bullied?...guest book
Signs of bullying
Many parents are concerned that their child might be a victim of a bully. Signs that a child is being bullied include:
Fear of going to school
Increasing signs of depression
Decline in school performance
Speaking of another child with fear
Decline in how the child sees him or her self
Physical bruises, scrapes and other marks
It may be more difficult to spot signs of verbal or emotional bullying, but you should be on the lookout for indications that your child’s self esteem and self image are faltering, as well as a reluctance to go to school or an event.
Life Skills Turn Dreams into Reality
Arthur Agee played basketball with President Obama and Arnie Duncan in Chicago back in the day. They all had Dreams Beyond the Hoop. The foundation does not seek to limit the dream of children that some day they can be the next NBA superstar. Instead we use this dream to motivate kids to do better in all aspects in their life. Our goal is to keep kids dreaming, but at the same, improve their chances and options where they can start dreaming of a life outside of basketball. We want to help them develop lives that start with a foundation in education and values beyond basketball. We strongly believe that educational equality will lead to good careers and societal accomplishments. It is not our goal to train future NBA players, but instead to provide a foundation for a successful life beyond basketball. The game or competition is not basketball, but “life”.
Beyond Hoop Dreams.....Agee asks Obama to help!
Renowned Clinical Psychologist supports AARMF
.Dr. Alfred Barrios author of Break Free with SPC - The Road to Self Actualization and Towards Greater Freedom & Happiness and developer of Self Programmed Control - How to Believe in your self
SPC improves Drop out reduction with Bio-Feedback 70%
Agee seeks Sponsors for Hoop Dreams Life Skills Curriculum Tour