BIG NEWS BULLETIN BOARD
ANNOUNCING THE RECIPIENTS OF THE BE A FRIEND PROJECT'S
"2019 UNSUNG HERO OF THE YEAR" AWARD
AMAZON RELAY OPERATIONS CENTER TEMPE, ARIZONA
Due to coronavirus closures, all scheduled FUNDRAISING and LETTER-WRITING EVENTS are unfortunately postponed.
Please consider donating directly to the Be A Friend Project instead of waiting for an event. Our gratitude will be boundless!!
Our seasons follow the school calendar. As educators and students scramble to transition to distance-learning, we've ended Season 5 one month early. We are excited to announce the upcoming unveiling of a NEW WEBSITE DESIGN when the Project opens for Season 6 in August! See you then!!
To refer a child in Grades K-8 to receive Friend Mail, email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the confidential conversation started!
LETTERS OF SUPPORT DELIVERED
Season 5 of the Be A Friend Project has come to an early close as of May 1, 2020. Roll up your empathy sleeves for Season 6, beginning August 2020!
Friend Mail Recipient
Past "Friend Mail" Recipients...
Read their stories!
The anti-bullying, pro-empathy Be A Friend Project is a national not-for-profit organization delivering surprise letters of peer support called FRIEND MAIL to victims of severe bullying to help them stay FRIEND STRONG and know they are not alone.
Since its inception in 2015, the Project has delivered over 23,000 letters, bringing transformational peer support to victims of bullying and, at the same time, giving as many K through 12 students the opportunity to practice kindness and build empathy by stepping-into-the-shoes of a peer.
EVERY LETTER IS A GIFT. Whether a "feel better" card from a 1st grader or a handwritten letter from a high school student, all kids and teens have the power to help a peer heal through empathic words and art. The more letters, the greater the impact on a youth who thinks they don't matter.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE! IT'S EASY!
Be Friend Strong! "It's Easy!"
JACK THE UPSTANDER'S
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
Jaimiaya (12) from Virginia
SHIANNA (12) from FLORIDA
SYDNEY (10) from Chicago, Illinois
KOLBY (11) from Florida
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BE A FRIEND PROJECT'S
SUPERSTAR FRIEND MAIL RECIPIENTS
Delivered April 2020!
In this 9 minute video, learn everything you need to know to making a difference with the
Be A Friend Project!
Co-Founded by Playwrights Jennifer Young and Composer January Akselrad, the Be A Project carries into action the “speak up, reach out and be a friend" message of their middle school show, “It’s Easy! The Friend Strong Musical.”
“It’s Easy!” first debuted in 2015 in collaboration with the Riverdale Rising Stars in the Bronx, New York. Those Junior cast members asked the Playwrights for a way to continue the show’s message off-stage.
Inspired by theater kids determined to turn BYstanders into UPstanders,the Be A Friend Project is now woven into the storyline of “It’s Easy!” and is the exclusive Licensor for educational entities.
At the November 3rd, 2019, Riverdale "Y" Rising Stars Broadway Gala, Honorees Jennifer Young and January Akselrad, as Co-Founders of the Be A Friend Project, were each presented with Proclamations from both the State of New York and the City of New York to honor their anti-bullying, pro-empathy work in service to the community. We are incredibly thankful for this great honor of a lifetime and validation of the mission of the Be A Friend Project.
The Be A Friend Project does not give advice, therapy or intervention.
449 LANE GATE ROAD, COLD SPRING, NY 10516
Co-President Jennifer Cell: 845-742-7112
The organization’s formal legal name is BE A FRIEND PROJECT, INC.
It is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization / Federal Tax ID # 84-2802576.
Any donation to the Be A Friend Project, Inc. is tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law, thank you!