The best part of any new year is all the possibilities it brings. In 2015, Project H.E.A.R. is even more focused and driven to achieving its goals and fulfilling the mission its name suggests: to Help Everyone Achieve Respect. With the help of the National Guard, H.E.A.R. has already had a major impact on stopping bullying in high schools all across the country, but our work is far from over.
The latest 2014 statistics put out by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) indicate that 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. This is a troubling number for us at Project H.E.A.R., and we will not quit until this number sees a serious decline. We will continue to raise awareness about the harmful and long-lasting effects of bullying, and help grow understanding about the troubles of our nation’s youth.
We would like to thank the Guardsmen and women that have served as guest instructors for the project’s presentations. The example they set is what turns students into role models for others. Check out these two short newsreels of our speakers in action and the students they affected at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo (KVRR and WDay). They are truly the difference makers and we wouldn’t be nearly as successful without them. We’d also like to thank the Making Caring Common Project for all the support we’ve received from them throughout the year.
We hope to use the momentum we have gained to foster new relationships with new organizations to expand the project’s reach in the coming year. Cultural and societal change does not come quickly or easily, but the more people we have working with one another to make a positive difference, the faster we can make the changes needed to put an end to bullying for good.
So thank you all for the support you’ve given us this past year, and we hope you continue with us into 2015.