Be BRAVE Against Bullying

Be BRAVE against bullying

The UFT's BRAVE campaign aims to combat bullying in our schools. Short for Building Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education, the BRAVE campaign provides educators, parents and students with the tools, knowledge and support to be pro-active in confronting and stopping bullying.

The BRAVE campaign provides an array of resources and tools for educators to make a positive difference in their schools. The union is offering a series of workshops for UFT members. There is online help available, from background information to lesson plans — see our Resources page.

The BRAVE campaign also provides a hotline (212-709-3222, M-F 2:30-9:30 p.m.) for students — a safe place they can call — and we want to make sure that students know they have allies in their schools. We have buttons and bookmarks for UFT members to make the BRAVE campaign visible to students.

Take action

  1. Be a visible ally in your school. Wear a BRAVE button. Hand out BRAVE bookmarks to students. Hang a BRAVE flyer on your door. Ask your Chapter Leader how to get buttons and bookmarks. Download the flyer here: English version, Spanish version.
  2. Be vocal and intervene when you see bullying happening.
  3. Come to a workshop: contact the safety rep in your UFT borough office for information on the next workshop. (Parents: talk to your parent and community liaison.) Check out the online resources.
  4. Print out a BRAVE poster and hang it in your school.
  5. Download the BRAVE Anti-Bullying Resource Guide.
  6. "Like" the BRAVE page on Facebook and follow the campaign on Twitter for timely updates.

BRAVE Line PSA - Spiderman

Photo Gallery
Guidance counselor Elizabeth Lee (far left) and UFT BRAVE coordinator Anthony Ha

Parents, educators and students gathered at UFT headquarters on May 6 for the UFT’s fourth Be BRAVE Against Bullying Conference, an evening devoted to the topic of bullying and what schools can do to combat it. BRAVE — Building Respect Acceptance and Voice Through Education — is a program that seeks to publicize and sensitize educators to the problem of bullying.

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