It’s Your Choice, Your Actions, Your Life!
So What Can YOU Do?

Youth violence knows no boundaries; it effects young people from all backgrounds and has a profound impact on the lives of young people and their families and friends, the communities where we live, and society in general.

  • Speak out against bullying at home and at school
  • Report all incidents of bullying to school authorities, parents or other responsible adults.
  • Mentor younger students.
  • Participate in organized and supervised recreational, educational and cultural after-school programs.
  • Talk to a responsible person – physician, teacher, clergy, counselor, parent, or friend – about violence you witnessed or experienced.
  • Act as a role model for other children and adolescents in refusing to have anything to do with firearms, alcohol, and illicit drugs.
  • Promote television programs, movies, music, and video games that portray non violent alternatives to conflict resolution.
  • Become involved in violence prevention program offered by the community, your house of worship or school.
  • Encourage friends who seem depressed or angry to seek help from a parent, physician, teacher, counselor, or, member of the clergy.
  • Talk with friends and family members about concerns regarding violence and its effects on their lives.
  • Seek opportunities for community service.
  • Give respect so you may get respect.
  • Discuss ways to solve problems without fighting.
  • It takes more guts to walk away from a fight than to fight.
  • If harassed, seek help from your parents, teachers, and the principal.

More information on what to do about bullying here
For help dial 2-1-1 or 954-567-8336 or visit teenspace.  

Excerpted from The Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence. Youth and Violence: Medicine, Nursing and Public Health: Connecting the Dots to Prevent Violence. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; 2000.