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boys to Men Mentoring Program and Positive Images Team Up to Prevent Bullying

PAL youngster enjoying the lesson

On Monday night, twenty young girls, boys and their parents met at the North Penn PAL Center to discover what bullying really means. The meetings started with each youngster describing the accounts of bullying that occur in their school. Some students said that they haven’t had experience with bullying, but after hearing from their peers, the youngsters quickly realized how much bullying actually does takes place that they never considered harmful.

Teresa White-Walston teaches PAL youngsters about bullying

Through discussion, the youngsters and their parents also learned about requirements for college applications, such as recommendation letters and behavior disclosure. The information and relationships start building well before senior year of high school. Enthusiastic and valuable input from Officer Haskins allowed the information to hit home with the youngsters, as he mapped the correlation between bullying and academic success

The meeting concluded with a video about sexual harassment. Each student discussed ways to say “No!”, and each child identified an adult he or she felt comfortable speaking to about questionable situations.

PAL youngsters and parents learn about sexual harassment

The session was lead by Teresa White-Walston, Director of Education Services at Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR). Ms. White-Walston also serves at the Philadelphia Rape Crisis Center and the Special Victims Unit in the Philadelphia Police Department. Thank you to Officer Haskins, North Penn PAL Positive Images instructor, Samyra Cobb and Ms. White-Walston!

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