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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mayor Leads Bullying Prevention Awareness Month Activities

Mayor Leads Bullying Prevention Awareness Month Activities

Screening of Acclaimed Film “Bully” on October 30 to Feature Community Discussion


SANTA BARBARA, CA—October 9, 2014—Mayor Helene Schneider has joined with more than 200 other mayors across the nation in a national campaign to end bullying. According to the United States Conference of Mayors, this anti-bullying campaign will create an unprecedented local and national call to action, pushing to end bullying and make schools and communities safer. Mayor Schneider and a number of local organizations have organized a series of events and actions for the month of October with the Santa Barbara City Council proclaiming October to be Bullying Prevention Awareness Month at their most recent meeting. Events during October will include creative contests for students and a screening and discussion of the film Bully for the community.

“We have a real opportunity to make changes in our community and throughout the nation,” said Mayor Schneider. “I am thrilled to be working with others, especially our youth leaders, to help coordinate this event. I hope everyone comes out to view the movie and hear the discussion.” The screening and discussion will take place on October 30 at 5:00pm and will be hosted at San Marcos High School auditorium at 4750 Hollister Avenue. The discussion after the film will be led by Isis Castaneda, Program Director at AHA!.

The major coordinating stakeholders in the month’s anti-bullying efforts are the City of Santa Barbara and its Youth Council, the Santa Barbara Unified School District, AHA!, and the Santa Barbara Teen Coalition. These agencies will be joined at the October 30 film screening by many local nonprofits, each of which will share resources on how to keep the anti-bullying campaign alive throughout the year. These organizations include Just Communities, Future Leaders of America, Peace Builders, Pacific Pride Foundation, Domestic Violence Solutions, the Anti-Defamation League and the Pro-Youth Movement. Attendees will also have an opportunity to sign an anti-bullying pledge.

For more information on the national movement to end bullying, please visit stopbullying.gov.

A note for parents: Bully is rated PG-13, meaning that some scenes may not be appropriate for children under the age of 13. More information on the film is available at thebullyproject.com/about_film.

About the Santa Barbara Youth Council

The Santa Barbara Youth Council was created in 1994 to function as a voice for teens by facilitating youth forums, youth publications and planning teen activities. For many years, the Youth Council functioned as an advisory board for Teen Programs, the Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council. The Youth Council has served as a youth voice on the creation of city policies and the coordination and development of facilities and activities for teens in the community. For more information, please visit http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/brdcomm/nz/sbyouth/default.asp

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