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PAL Members Focus on Anti-Bullying through Interactive Lessons

BriaMarie with Julia from Rizzo PAL

BriaMarie with Julia from Rizzo PAL

In honor of October’s National Bullying Prevention Month, PAL hosted two exciting and interactive lessons at centers across Philadelphia. PAL partnered with Ethical Music Entertainment to educate and encourage youth to take a stand against bullying. The events also contributed towards PAL’s goal of achieving No Place for Hate designations from the Anti-Defamation League.

Attendees watched parts of a documentary by iChoose2Live to learn about the ramifications of bullying. iChoose2Live is a nonprofit organization that utilizes performing and media arts to facilitate positive youth development among adolescents and young adults between 12 to 24 years of age living in urban communities. Kids watched a theatrical bullying intervention exhibit by performer, Mr. Russell, who motivated the teens and parents to do their part to prevent bullying in their communities.

BriaMarie performing for a crowd of excited Southwest PAL youngsters

BriaMarie performing for a crowd of excited Southwest PAL youngsters

The program culminated in an exciting performance by recording artist BriaMarie. She spoke to the youngsters about her personal experiences as a victim of bullying and encouraged them to tell an adult if they are in a similar situation which was “the best decision I ever made,” she said. BriaMarie sang her latest hit, “C. C. I. (Cool Crowd Issues),” a song to inspire kids and teens to accept themselves without compromising who they are in order to fit in.

PAL thanks Ethical Music Entertainment and all supporting performers for such fun and educational Bullying Prevention Month events, and the Philadelphia 76ers for providing each youngster with a ticket to a Sixers home game for their commitment to positive programming.

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