Stand for the Silent Anti-Bullying Program Community Event
Thrive Women's Initiative, a collaborative partnership of the United Way of the Titusville Region and YWCA Titusville and the Titusville Area School District have worked together to bring Stand for the Silent, an anti-bullying program to our schools and community. Ashleigh English, YWCA Titusville Executive Director shared “The cornerstone of the YWCA mission is to empower individuals and promote peace, justice and dignity for all. We work with women and youth to help them learn to advocate for themselves, be supportive of others and resilient to the challenges life can bring. Being a part of this community venture further enhances the work we do”.
Stand for the Silent was started in 2010 by a group of high school students in Oklahoma City, OK, after they heard the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley's son, Ty Field-Smalley. At eleven years old, Ty took his own life after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully that had been bullying him for over two years. Stand for the Silent exists as a platform to allow Kirk and Laura to share their story, and offer education and tools that will prevent their tragedy from happening to another child and family. Kirk and Laura's mission is to continue to change kids' lives and bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes.
Since May 2010, Kirk and Laura Smalley have travelled to over 1,000 schools and spoken to over 1,000,000 kids! In March 2010, Kirk and Laura met privately with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in The White House prior to attending the first ever White House conference on bullying.
Stephanie Keebler, TASD Superintendent stated “We are thankful for the community collaboration to support a shared issue that affects our students. Terri Ann Wig, Chief Professional Officer commented “United Way of the Titusville Region is fortunate to work collaboratively with the YWCA of Titusville, the Five M Foundation and the Titusville Area School District to bring Mr. Smalley to our community. It is our mission to work with community partners to meet our community’s most pressing needs through collective impact. We are proud to support the Stand for the Silent program and to bring this important issue to light.” We would invite all parents and community members to the evening presentation that will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Titusville High School Auditorium. Prior to the community presentation from 5:30-6:00 pm, community agencies and organizations will provide resources for students and parents. We highly encourage elementary students to attend the evening presentation with their parents.