About a week ago, we told you about the Capital One #WishForOthers campaign and shared our first special wish for others: warm coats for all those in need. Need a refresher? Now through December 23rd, Capital One wants to hear your selfless wish for others. It can be for a family member, a friend, a neighbor or even an entire community. Just share your wish via your Twitter or Instagram, or on the Capital One Facebook page wall with the #WishForOthers hashtag for a chance to make it come true!
This week, we’re sharing another special wish. It may sound like a tall order, but at OurFamilyWorld, we’re passionate about putting an end to bullying. So naturally, our second wish for others is for everyone to work together to develop better strategies to prevent bullying.
It Takes a Community to End Bullying
When I was discussing my wish with OurFamilyWorld’s editor, Nicole, we were trying to wrap our heads around the logistics of such a wish. How can we take an idea and turn it into a tangible wish? Throughout the years, we’ve given you tips on preventing bullying. We’ve discussed the consequences of bullying on children’s psychological well-being. We’ve even had experts share their thoughts. While we’re very proud of the work we’ve done in promoting change, again, these are all ideas. Then it came to me: a bully-free community center.
Community centers aren’t a new idea. Many areas have them and they do great work. My idea, though, is to take it a step further and have these centers focus their efforts on ending bullying. How? By bringing together bring together parents, teens, younger kids, school officials and community members and even experts to brainstorm new ways to promote tolerance and acceptance of others. The centers would be a bully-free zone with after-school programs for younger kids, safe (yet fun!) weekend parties for teens and even get-togethers for parents. I envision older kids helping younger kids with homework, affluent children working alongside those from less-fortunate neighborhoods in art programs, single moms trading babysitting duties to give each other a break- a community of acceptance and helping hands. A true COMMUNITY center. Through centers like these, I believe people from different backgrounds and walks of life will be able to come together in a neutral setting and better understand each other. Understanding leads to friendship, which in turn helps end bullying.
What is your #WishForOthers?
I hope I’ve inspired you to share your wish for others! Go ahead and share your #WishForOthers! Remember, you can share on Twitter, Instagram or the Capital One Facebook Page. You have until December 23rd to share your wish. Visit the Wish For Others to learn more.
We would love to hear about your Wish for Others! Tell us about it in the comments!