When I speak to children in schools, I never use the words “bully” or “bullying”. Instead, I talk about how encouraging others affects everyone in a positive way. Encouragement could come in the form of a smile, an invitation to join in an activity, or a kind word. Not only does encouragement build up the person receiving it but it also builds the character of the giver.
The Jump In Foundation Purpose
- Deliver a positive message to school-age children that helps build character and self-confidence.
- Promote encouragement and acceptance of others as the action and attitude of choice.
- To inspire children to “JUMP IN” and become encouragers. To accept and respect others who are looked upon as different. To have the courage to “JUMP IN” when they see someone being bullied and STOP IT.
- To build confidence in kids who feel “left out” and encourage them to “JUMP IN” to activities.
- To train and challenge class leaders to become role models for their classmates.
- To tell the personal story of founder Bill Schultz to illustrate how his disability was overcome in large part due to the positive encouragement from others.