Thursday, December 15, 2011
Livy Jeanne Wants to Put a Stop to Bullying
Being bullied is a terrible experience. Most of us have experienced some level of bullying at one time or another in our lives. It is often painful and affects one’s self-esteem. As adults, we try and cope with it using the tools we have developed over the years. But what about children who are being bullied? Children do not yet have these tools; they do not have the emotional strength to face this. Sometimes the result of the self-esteem damage is too much for a child to handle and sadly leads to heartbreaking results.
Livy Jeanne is a talented 16 year old singer – songwriter from
who was mercilessly bullied. This remarkable young woman decided that enough was enough and that something needed to be done to bring awareness to our community. Since she was 11 years old, Livy has been involved with many charities, giving of her time and talent to help our local and global community. A year ago, she decided to speak out and give support to all those who are being bullied. She wants to encourage them and give them hope. Strathcona County
I will let Livy tell you her story, in her own words:
“I am Livy Jeanne, and I’m here to tell you that there are 160,000 kids each day that beg to stay home from school because they are being bullied. I was one of those 160,000.
I cried a thousand tears before I realized that I had the ability within myself to turn away from the hurt, that I wasn’t alone and that there were people I could count on, people who cared for me and saw me for who I am.
I could have easily turned to drugs, alcohol, cutting, conforming or even just disappearing… But I didn’t. By finding my passion (which is music) I found a place to express myself, find some personal strength and feel good about who I am.
I feel a responsibility to connect with kids like me- the ones who have reached out for acceptance, struggled with being judged and wondered where they fit into this crazy world.
By sharing my story and my music, I want them to know that I GET IT – because I’ve been there. And I’ve figured out that we are all important, unique and special individuals who matter. There is nothing wrong with being ourselves – and starting right now, today can be different!!
WE DON’T HAVE TO BE INVISIBLE…”
Livy has also started a blue “Awareness” bracelet campaign endorsing the Kids Help Phone line.
If you would like to support Livy or help her with her campaign you can contact her via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or LivyJeanne@LivyJeanne.com
You can also visit her website at http://livyjeanne.com/site/ or listen to her on http://www.youtube.com/livymusic
Thank you Livy for caring and standing up to bullying!