Be Part of the Action
The #DareToBeKind campaign’s overarching goal is to show how kindness can be used in practical ways to build safer communities and healthier relationships. The campaign uses the following two methods to achieve its purpose:
• The campaign brings Gabriella van Rij’s 4-step “Make Kindness Your Choice Program” to schools, community centers, and corporations across the US.
• The campaign conducts interviews, talks, events, and solicits media coverage that educates and raises awareness on the necessity of kindness. 1 on 1 counseling is available through the #DareToBeKind app.
The founder and lead kindness instigator of the #DareToBeKind campaign is Gabriela van Rij [pronounced “ray”], speaker, author & activist for kindness. Gabriella has been seen by millions on Dr. Phil, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. Here’s a breakdown of what #DareToBeKind will be focusing on in the upcoming months:
January 2017 – Mentoring & Buddy Month
Why not make kindness your New Year resolution? Everyone has had someone who was there for them at a crucial moment. Mentoring is a way to be that person for others. Through a series of interviews, shows, and media coverage, the #DareToBeKind campaign helps future mentors learn how to relate to mentees and BE the difference in another’s life. The campaign raises awareness on the importance of mentorship and how anyone can take that first step to help another.
February 2017 – Teen Safety Awareness Month
As parents and educators, teaching and guiding teens has become increasingly complex as technology has added another dimension to communication that most parents have not learned how to handle. More than ever, teens need a 101 crash course on online safety and social media issues that they encounter on a daily basis. During this month, #DareToBeKind will concentrate on the online dating world that these young teens navigate through the creation of what-if scenarios that provide solutions and foster awareness on trending topics.
March 2017 – Women Stop Apologizing Month
For many women, apologizing has become a knee-jerk reaction. Whether for the job, for the meal, or for your kids, over and over, we automatically say, “Oh, I am sorry that I did that—but…” and then we begin to justify yourself. All of us have such pressures to perform. Women especially feel that unless they are the perfect mother, wife, employee, or boss, they have failed. Through blogposts and tips, the campaign focuses on how to be a wife, mother, or a woman in any workplace without needing to apologize for yourself.
April 2017 – Volunteering Month
We often forget that we are have the ability to make someone’s day, not through money but through simply being present, being there! Volunteering is a gift that gives equally to the receiver as the giver. During this month, the #DareToBeKind campaign creates awareness on how volunteering benefits one’s emotional and mental health and gives tips on how one can integrate volunteering in their own life.
May 2017 – Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental health is still a stigma to many today. With tweens and teens being an often overlooked group that suffer from depression and, consequently, addiction to prescription drugs. The campaign reveals what are frequent causes for depression and what kind of help is available for teens. It focuses on the need to provide teens with natural and healthy solutions and encouraging the use of a buddy system, as well as the need for a safe haven for students.
June 2017 – Acceptance Awareness Month
Many believe the word “tolerance” signifies huge strides. But in reality, it describes a stagnant state.
Nobody wants to live somewhere where they would only be tolerated. What most of us do not seem to understand is that tolerance is not the opposite of intolerance. Tolerance is truly only a very polite way of being intolerant. The #DareTobeKind campaign focuses on how we can go beyond tolerance and make strides toward helping everyone feel accepted.
July 2017 – Parenting Month
We tell our children to dream big, and then the moment they hit their teens we tell them life is tough and you have to abide by the rules and grow up! During this month, the campaign shares parenting tips that will help parents have a good relationship with their teens during these pivotal years when your children are at home and you can influence and guide them toward becoming responsible and mature adults and members of society.
August 2017 – Watch Your Delivery Month
Most of us know we can stand to improve our communication style… but how? And what if we don’t know what we are doing wrong? Communication on social media is too often unfiltered, uncensored and unacceptable. We would not speak like that face-to-face but the online world and the smartphones in our hands have caused us to forget to watch our words! “Watch Your Delivery”—both the title of a book and the name of a popular talk given by the campaign—is a reminder to us all to bring etiquette back into our day-to-day communication in the workplace and at home.
September 2017 – Back to School Month
For students, September means going back to school and starting over with a blank slate. There is a lot of stress involved for parents and students during this month, not only in adapting to a new classroom but also to a new environment. Students must perform far above average to become successful and parents often see their children’s grades as an extension of their own success. The #DareToBeKind campaign spotlights these stresses during this month and finds ways to help alleviate them.
October 2017 – Bullying & Cyber Torment Month
The #DareToBeKind campagin travels to schools across the US with its 4-step “Make Kindness Your Choice Program,” specifically designed to defeat bullying by using kindness. Because we are all more alike than we are different. Building a safer community for our children starts here. It starts with us.
November 2017 – National Adoption Month
In the U. S. today, there are 1.8 million children who have been adopted. As an adoptee herself, Gabriella van Rij knows firsthand the unique challenges that this demographic faces. During November, the #DareToBeKind campaign will focus on bringing the “Make Kindness Your Choice Program” to children and youth affected by adoption or foster care.
December 2017 – Make Kindness a Habit Month
Kindness seems easier to spread around you during the Holidays. The #DareToBeKind campaign uses this month to present 4 steps that anyone can take to make kindness a lifelong habit! Gabriella presents a practical, refreshing, and positive plan that anyone can apply to their situation. “Kindness only grows more kindness.” Families, corporations, schools, and communities can all benefit from making kindness a cornerstone of their daily interactions.
5 Ways You Can Be a Part of the #DareToBeKind Campaign
Do you want to be a part of the solution? Here are 5 ways that you can join the campaign:
1. Do you know of a middle school or a high school, a community, or a business that needs a kindness boost? I am willing to re-route my national campaign so I can speak with your audience!
2. If you have a blog or a social media account, please spread the news of my campaign with your readers and your circle. You can do that by simply reblogging this page, or sharing a link to this article or my Patreon page!
4. Become a supporter and choose a reward on my Patreon page!
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Udo Erasmus is being a part of the action by educating not only as a renowned expert in nutrition, but also through the printing of 250 I Can Find My Might books to be shared with school libraries during October National Bullying Prevention month. #DareToBeKind
#DareToBeKind Theme Song
Written by Don Lawson and Gabriella van Rij
Many thanks to Don Lawson, who connected with the #DareToBeKind campaign via Twitter and took the initiative to create a theme song for us!