Stand Up, Speak Out!

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At North Jersey Pride’s assembly in June, kids at Jefferson Elementary School hold up derogatory slurs heard frequently in the halls.

It’s tough to be a middle schooler. Any difference, whether it’s size, appearance, gender identity, sexual orientation, can feel like a liability and make a young person a target. While bullying occurs in all grades, the National Center for Education Statistics reports noticeably more bullying in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 than in high school.

This has to stop.

North Jersey Pride is working closely with teachers at both MMS and Jefferson Elementary to bring a special program—with a talented, experienced facilitator and two amazing Columbia High School student speakers—to grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. The school administrators are very enthusiastic about our program. However, budgets are tight—and we need YOUR help to make this happen.

Please be assured, if you give to this campaign, your contact info will NOT be saved for later solicitation. (If you’d like to be added to our mailing list please head here.)

Together, we can make our schools safer for all our children and ensure they feel respected and loved just as they are.

Here’s where are so far. You can help get us all the way there!
Online fundraising for Stand Up, Speak Out!

 Three ways to give:

1. Click on the image above to contribute to our campaign on Razoo’s charitable giving site.

2. Donate via Paypal here.

2. Send a check, made out to “North Jersey Pride” with “School assemblies” in the memo to: 407 Walton Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040

Any amount you give will get us closer to our goal—and together, we can make the halls of school safer for ALL our children.