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The Bully Project Launched with the film Bully, the Bully Project highlights solutions that both address immediate needs and lead to systemic change to combat bullying.

Cartoon Network Cartoon Network’s anti-bullying program, Stop Bullying: Speak Up, focuses on spreading the word about bullying awareness and prevention. Their website has educational videos and games for students, and useful guides and tips for educators and parents.

Committee for Children (CFC) CFC works internationally to foster the social and emotional development, safety and well-being of children. CFC’s highly acclaimed Second Step program teaches preschool through middle school students skills to help them succeed socially and academically. The organization’s Steps to Respect program teaches elementary students to recognize, refuse and report bullying, be assertive and build friendships.

Espelage Against Bullying Professor Espelage leads a team of undergraduate and graduate students, and a devoted staff in a concerted effort to make U.S. schools safer. Website has research, articles and videos for educators.

International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) The International Bullying Prevention Association supports and enhances quality research based bullying prevention principles and best practices to achieve a safe school climate, healthy work environment, good citizenship and civic responsibility.

Pacer Pacer is an organization dedicated to ending bullying. Specifically, Pacer offers up-to-date information and resources for students with disabilities who are subject to harassment at school. Pacer also is the original creator of October as bullying prevention month and provides tools and resources for activities.

No Bully No Bully is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to sustainable solutions to bullying, harassment and violence. The No Bully System includes evidence-based interventions for preventing and responding to bullying. When severe or persistent bullying occurs Solution Teams® brings  the targets’ peer group and the bully together to identify solutions and stop the bullying.

U.S. Department of Education/ The Department of Education maintains a comprehensive website with resources on identifying, responding and combating bullying and cyberbullying. The site offers statistics, research and practical.

YogaKids Tools for Schools YogaKids International, a leading yoga program for children, has developed the Tools for Schools program to bring yoga into the classroom. The YogaKids Tools for Schools program allows K-5 students to encounter yoga and its many benefits in a fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate manner.

Workplace Bullying Institute 

The WBI aims to end abusive conduct in the workplace. They provide information on all aspects of workplace bullying, from self-help advice and personal coaching to public education and legislative advocacy.


Stop Hate Action Kits As hate group activities and hate and bias incidents rise, concerned community, campus, school, civic, faith and law enforcement leaders and activists actions are needed more than ever. These guides provide effective steps that can help communities face hate and bigotry, and work toward a more inclusive future.

Not In Our Town 

Not In Our Town is a movement to stop hate, racism and bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.

#USvsHate #USvsHate is an educator- and youth-led messaging project designed to counter bigotry in schools and create safe and welcoming classrooms. In #USvsHate, students dialogue about inclusion and then create anti-hate messages for their school communities that explicitly address, explore, and refuse racism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, sexism, or other hate forms.


Common Sense Media Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information and education needed to thrive in a world of media and technology. Among a wide range of resources, their free Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum helps educators empower students to be safe and responsible as they navigate the digital world.

Cyberwise Cyberwise provides resources, research and guidance to help educators, families and children understand and use digital media to invigorate education.

Cyberbullying Resource Center Cyberbullying Resource Center offers current information - including facts, figures, and anecdotes - about online harassment. The purpose of the organization is to provide guidance for educators, parents, teens, and victims regarding the use and misuse of technology.

(ISC)² Safe and Secure Online Program (ISC)² Safe and Secure Online Program was created in 2006 to address the gap in security advice that exists in children’s safety outreach efforts. The program organizes volunteers to help children ages 7 -14 learn how to protect themselves online. My Digital TAT2 Focused on helping educators, parents and students work together to create a community of kindness and respect both on and offline. My Digital TAT2 sponsors programs that empower students to be 21st century learners who are ethical and responsible as both producers and consumers of digital media.   The Great American NO BULL Challenge The Great American NO BULL Challenge promotes an annual contest where middle and high school students create films that prevent bullying and promote digital responsibility


Anti-Defamation League (ADL) A World of Difference Institute  The ADL’s A World of Difference Institute provides a comprehensive array of anti-bias education and diversity training programs, curricular resources and online materials and curricular content for Pre K-12 educators, students and families.

Facing History and Ourselves Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry. Their website has a wealth of primary source and historical materials. Facing History is Not In Our Town’s educational partner, collaborating on a range of curricular and media efforts.

Islamic Networks Group (ING) ING is a non-profit organization that counters prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims by teaching theor traditions and contributions in the context of America's history and cultural diversity, while building relations between American Muslims and other groups.

National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) NAME is a national education and advocacy organization that celebrates diversity and equality for all regardless of culture, ethnicity, race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation. NAME  provides a digital clearinghouse of resources about educational equity and social justice. Reducing Stereotype Threat Reducing Stereotype Threat is a research site with articles and strategies on stereotype threat and negative stereotypes. The site  offers suggestions for reducing the negative consequences of stereotyping, particularly in academic settings and strategies to address negative impacts.

The Sikh Next Door The Sikh Next Door is a film about the daily lives of four Sikh American youth. The film and accompanying lesson plans encourage students and educators to discuss diversity, immigration, history and personal identity.

Teaching Tolerance Founded by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable schools. The organization provides free educational materials and programming to teachers and other school practitioners in the U.S. and abroad, including Mix It Up at Lunch Day program and Teaching Tolerance Magazine.

Understanding Prejudice This website offers a curated collection of educational resources and information on prejudice, discrimination, multiculturalism and diversity, with the ultimate goal of reducing the level of intolerance and bias in contemporary society. U.S. Department of Justice/Community Relations Service (CRS) Department Created in 1964, CRS is the “peacemaker” for community conflicts arising from differences of race, color and national origin. With passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, CRS also works with communities by providing strategies to prevent and respond to alleged violent hate crimes that are committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or disability.


Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN provides school-based programming and training, conducts research and sponsors campaigns such as Day of Silence and No Name Calling Week

Gender Spectrum  With the goal of creating safe environments for all youth, Gender Spectrum offers consultation, tools,  and training for families, educators, and organizations on gender identity

Groundspark Producers of films like Straightlaced and It’s Elementary, Groundspark creates films and educational campaigns to move communities to take action against homophobia in schools. Creators of the Respect for All project, Groundspark provides educators and students with the tools needed to put on presentations and events at their schools, providing curriculum guides and discussion questions for students.

It Gets Better  The It Gets Better project's mission is to tell LGBT youth around the world that, It Gets Better, and to create and inspire the change needed to make a difference. The organization was created for adult LGBT people and other allies (including President Obama) to post videos, share coming out stories, and provide encouragement for the younger generation. Their goal is to let teens and children know that suicide is not the answer, and as you grow up, It Does Get Better.

Point Foundation Point Foundation seeks the partnership of philanthropic individuals, corporations, and foundations to supply financial support, professional guidance and a network of contacts for undergraduate, graduate,and post-graduate students. Their mission is to empower LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential.

Safe Schools Safe Schools Coalition is an international Seattle based, partnership in support of LGBT youth and their families.Their focus is on working to help schools and organizations become safe places for students, families, and educators; regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification.

Transgender Health Program Transgender Health Program is a resource for medical and psychological issues related to the transgender community. It includes multiple downloadable PDF's, articles and links to extensive databases of trans-related materials.

TransYouth Family Allies  TransYouth Family Allies empowers children and families by partnering with educators, service providers and communities to develop supportive environments in which gender may be expressed and respected. They envision a society free of suicide and violence in which all children are respected and celebrated.

Welcoming Schools Welcoming Schools offers tools, lessons, and resources on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping, fighting against bullying, and ending name calling in elementary schools. It offers a LGBT inclusive, gender neutral community, that is dedicated to providing education and awareness of diversity in all communities. Administrators, educators, and parents/guardians have access to materials necessary to create learning environments in which all students are welcomed and respected.


CASEL Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is an organization dedicated to cultivating the academic, social, and emotional competence of all students. Through research, practice, and policy, CASEL offers schoolwide models, curricular  materials, evidence-based programs, strategies, and other tools for schools, parents, and schools.

Center for the Collaborative Classroom The Center for the Collaborative Classroom promotes academic, ethical, and social development of children. The organization provides professional learning for teachers and curricula in standards-based literacy tools that help children appreciate the ideas and opinions of others, learn to agree and disagree respectfully, think critically about big ideas, and become responsible citizens of the world and nurtures the whole child.

Character Education Partnership (CEP)  CEP serves as the leading resource for people and organizations that are integrating character education into schools and communities. CEP offers tools for evaluating effective character education, professional development of teachers and administrators focusing on school-wide systemic change, and a school improvement process for schools or districts through the National Schools of Character (NSOC) program.

Futures without Violence Futures is an organization dedicated to ending violence against women and children. By providing programs, policies, and campaigns, Futures works toward creating sustainable communities and promoting healthy interpersonal relationships.

Greater Good Science Center The Greater Good Science Center is a multidisciplinary organization that integrates psychology, sociology, and neuroscience to help individuals foster meaningful lives. GGSC researches the social and emotional well-being of families, schools, and workplaces.

Identity Safe Classrooms  Coauthored by Dorothy M. Steele, ED.D. and Becki Cohn-Vargas, ED.D, Identity Safe Classrooms seeks to ensure students’ social identities are an asset rather than a barrier to success in the classroom. Identity Safe Classrooms provides strategies for teachers who are interested in creating inclusive learning environments that celebrate student diversity for all students.

National School Climate Center (NSCC) NSCC promotes positive and sustained school climate: a safe, supportive environment that nurtures social and emotional, ethical and academic skills. They work with schools to integrate crucial social and emotional learning with academic instruction, to enhance student performance, prevent drop outs, reduce physical violence and bullying, and to develop healthy and positively engaged adults.

Safe Schools and Communities Roxana Marachi, PhD., an author and professor at San Jose State University has gathered and curated a comprehensive collection of resources for preventing school violence and creating safe schools and communities.

Toolbox Project The Toolbox Project by Dovetail Learning is a social-emotional learning program that helps children develop resilience, empathy, and self-mastery. Through curriculum, practices, and methods, The Toolbox Project provides training for children, parents, and teachers on building positive communities.

 EDUCATION AbilityPath is an online community that brings together professionals and parents of children with special needs to connect and learn about the process of supporting ongoing healthy development of children with special needs and disabilities. The site couples social networking with expert medical advice to provide maximum support and encouragement.

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) AFT sponsors a comprehensive anti-bullying campaign, See a Bully, Stop a Bully: Make a Difference. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness and provide resources to educators, students and parents. Their website maintains an array of materials, as well as sponsored webinars on effective anti-bullying practices and intervention.

National Education Association (NEA) The NEA’s national anti-bullying campaign, Bully Free: It Starts With Me, identifies adults in schools and communities who will pledge to support bullied students. Resources and materials are available on their website.

National Parent Teacher Association The National PTA works to engage and empower parents, guardians, students, families, and communities to advocate for all children. Their Connect for Respect campaign offers resources supporting PTAs across the country to lead dialogue about bullying and to develop solutions they can implement together.

PBS LearningMedia PBS LearningMedia is dedicated to providing free and interesting classroom-ready, digital resources for educators. Resources include NIOS videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans, and much more!

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24/7 bullying and crisis hotline for youth up to age 18:  855-201-2121

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

24/7 crisis hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Trevor Project Lifeline

24/7 crisis hotline for LGBTQ youth: 1-866-488-7386