Announcing the next up
of "IT'S EASY!"...
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
Director Christine Lee
JUNE 26, 2019
GOOD NEWS BULLETIN BOARD
(letters due May 29, 2019)
Past "Friend Mail" Recipients...
Read their stories!
Maybe you've been the victim of bullying or maybe you can just imagine what it feels like to be bullied... having a kid or a group of kids, do and say things on purpose, over and over again, to hurt you and make you feel worthless...
then, imagine, one day hundreds of letters arrive on your doorstep, real letters, written by your peers especially for YOU, letting you know they are in your corner and they care!
"It's Easy!" to Be-A-Friend!
Read the BE-A-FRIEND
and SEE SAMPLES here!
Become an official
Delivered on 4/11/19
Everything K-12 educators need to know about the
Be-A-Friend Project to get students started on making a difference, in just under 12 minutes!
SUPERSTAR FRIEND MAIL RECIPIENTS
Anthony (11) from Pennsylvania - OUR FIRST!
Kaylee (14) from Pennsylvania
Lexi (13) from New York
Dylan (7th Grader) from New Jersey
Mia (7th Grader) from Texas
McKenzie (10) from California
Drew (7th Grader) from Alabama
Emily (7) from Florida
Tobbeey (10) from Oklahoma
Robert (10) from Pennsylvania
Sicily (10) from Florida
Ethan (10) from Pennsylvania
Marcus (11) from Texas
Emma (14) from South Carolina
Bailey (10) from Washington DC
Ayden (6) from Illinois
Logan (10) from Florida
Anthony (14) from Pennsylvania
Xzavier (13) from New Hampshire
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Dear Friends and Ambassadors,
Thank you for your interest in the national Be-A-Friend Project of See The Wish. :) The Be-A-Friend Project carries into action the “speak up, reach out and be a friend” message of "IT'S EASY! The Friend Strong Musical".
We bring peer support to young victims of bullying through deliveries of “Friend Mail,” letters of hope and joy from kids to kids, that let them know THEY MATTER and THEY ARE NOT ALONE! Letter-writers (or CARD WARRIORS) get to show off their kindness, flex their empathy muscles and make a difference! These surprise "Friend Mail" deliveries are truly a one-time injection of transformational peer support to help a young bullying victim STAY STRONG as they heal.
We launched the Be-A-Friend Project in 2015 with a surprise delivery of 75 letters to "Anthony." Now, we've grown in our 4th (school calendar) season to deliveries consistently over 1,500 letters of support to each Friend Mail Recipient totaling over 16,000 letters delivered in all since the Project's launch!
EVERY ONE LETTER IS A GIFT! Whether a group poster from a 1st grade class or a handwritten letter from a high school senior, all kids and teens have the power to help a victim heal through kind words of friendship. The more letters, the greater the impact on a youth who thinks no one cares. HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! IT'S EASY!
We also celebrate UPSTANDERS with “Friend Mail Blasts”
like 3rd Grader, Jack, who stood up for a player on the
opposing team during a game!
Our Friend Mail Recipients are chosen from 1st-8th Grades only, but ALL KIDS AND TEENS FROM KINDERGARTEN UP TO THE AGE OF 18 CAN WRITE OR DRAW LETTERS!
PLEASE check out our Letter-Writing Guidelines and see samples of letters. Read about our latest Project Youth and write that letter! Thank you!
~Jennifer Young and January Akselrad / See The Wish Co-Presidents
~ HALL OF FAME ~
These people or groups awarded Super Ambassador Certificates have consistently contributed letters of support for at least two seasons and/or done something AMAZING to help grow and share the Be-A-Friend Project and its FRIEND STRONG message!
TANYA BRACERO (LEFT), NY
BUSHLAND, TX, FCCLA ALLIE RANKIN, JAYCIE WRIGHT AND CAMBRI CUMMINGS WITH "MARCUS"!
BUSHLAND "DIFFERENCE MAKERS" WITH "MARCUS"!
MIA MUNOZ, PAST FRIEND MAIL RECIPIENT, TX
MIA MUNOZ, PAST FRIEND MAIL RECIPIENT
MICHELLE MURPHY LANCASTER, BUSHLAND, TX, TEACHER...A TRUE BE-A-FRIEND ACTION HERO!!
MICHELLE MURPHY LANCASTER, FCCLA LEADER AND FCS TEACHER, BUSHLAND, TX
JULI THORPE & THE BEAUTIFUL LAKE WORTH FCCLA STUDENTS
SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL LAKE WORTH, TX, FCCLA STUDENTS RUNNING A BE-A-FRIEND PROJECT TABLE
JULI THORPE, TEACHER, HOLDS RECORD FOR LARGEST BATCHES OF FRIEND MAIL PER RECIPIENT!
DIFFERENCE MAKERS OF BUSHLAND HIGH SCHOOL, TEXAS
CERTIFICATES FOR BUSHLAND FCCLA ALLIE, JAYCIE, AND CAMBRI!
ROBERT ROONEY, FROM FRIEND MAIL RECIPIENT TO SUPER AMBASSADOR, PA
ROBERT HAS VOLUNTEERED TO DELIVER TWO BATCHES OF FRIEND MAIL, HERE TO "ANTHONY"
JERRIE CARTER & WESTOVER PARK JR HS, TX
JERRIE CARTER OF WESTOVER PARK JR HS, TX, BEING HONORED BY JANUARY AKSELRAD & JENNIFER YOUNG
MICHELLE ELLIS & BUSHLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL, TX
CHRIS MAIWALD (right), UNIFY AGAINST BULLYING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
COLLEEN CHAFFIN, TEACHER AT CHINA SPRING HS, TX
PRINCIPAL JOYCE CHAPNICK, MAIN STREET SCHOOL, IRVINGTON, NY
JENNIFER WINDELS, HALDANE ELEMENTARY TEACHER, COLD SPRING, NY
AMY DUVER, NY, 2017 PROFESSIONAL RUN CAST MOM AND PTA PRESIDENT
ZIAIRE MICKELL, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AND LONGTIME CONFERENCE ASSISTANT
ADAM CABO, NY (2017 "IT'S EASY!" PROFESSIONAL LEAD) DONATED ORIGINAL SONG TO BAF PROJECT!
ADAM CABO, NY
ERIN KAZMIERCZAK (2017 CAST MEMBER "IT'S EASY!" PROFESSIONAL RUN!)
ERIN KAZMIERCZAK IN THE STUDIO WITH A LETTER FOR "AYDEN"!
BRIELLE WITHERS (2017 "IT'S EASY!" PROFESSIONAL RUN LEAD)
BRIELLE WITHERS BECAME OUR ON-AIR TEEN AMBASSADOR!
BRIELLE WITHERS TALKING WITH THE HEADS OF HER SCHOOL DISTRICT ABOUT THE BE-A-FRIEND PROJECT
JENNIFER KENNETT, FIRST GRADE TEACHER
JENNIFER KENNETT WITH JENNIFER YOUNG CELEBRATING 10K LETTERS OF SUPPORT DELIVERED!
MARIAH SNOW, WORLD PREMIER LICENSING EDITION "IT'S EASY!" DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER, VA
ETHAN KATZ, NY, ORIGINAL 2015 CAST MEMBER AND LONGEST STANDING BE-A-FRIEND AMBASSADOR!
DANNY PEDALINO OF THE BULLY REMEDEEE, OCALA, FL
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A love note to our writers and amazing, inspiring teachers, parents and involved adults...
We do not exist without you!
You've modeled the importance of empathy and kindness, either by writing letters yourself or taking the time out with your kids to make the letter-writing a priority.
You are our heroes.
We NEED YOU to stay with us.
Talk up the BAF Project with your friends! Join us on Facebook!
send an email to email@example.com
with subject "Be A Friend Mailing List"! It's Easy! You will instantly be added to our Ambassador emails to receive news first when we add a new Project Youth, deliver "Friend Mail" and hear back from the youths!
Be-A-Friend Project Director and "It's Easy" Co-Creator,
Jennifer Young, accepts $2,000 GRANT on October 23rd, 2018
from UNIFY AGAINST BULLYING!
The Be-A-Friend Project does not give advice, therapy or intervention.
Our one purpose is to send letters and cards of encouragement and caring from kids to kids.
The Be-A-Friend Project carries into action the “speak up, reach out and be a friend” message of The Friend Strong Musical, “It’s Easy!” The 2017 8x Broadway World Award Winner including BEST MUSICAL and the 2015 National Youth Arts nominee for “Outstanding New Musical” is the creation of co-playwrights, Jennifer Young and (composer) January Akselrad, Co-Presidents of See The Wish and the Co-Founders of the Be-A-Friend Project.