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COMMENTARY

FROM OUR FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT
2015: Year End Message
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THE END OF BULLYING, DISRESPECT
INCIVILITY, JUVENILE CRIME,
AND TEEN SUICIDE BEGINS WITH YOU!
 

Seven years ago, Eti-Keys began a grassroots campaign to end the pandemic of anti-social behavior among children age 7 to 18. Since then, we have touched the lives of thousands of children and their families in Central Florida with our programs. Our hope is to reach children in many more counties and communities, but every day we wait puts them at risk.

Consider two of the senseless and preventable tragedies that made headlines just last year in Florida. A 12-year-old girl jumped to her death after being cyber-bullied, while a young boy the same age shot himself after also being bullied. Too soon their lives ended, but sadly they are part of a much larger statistic that, frankly, is hard to fathom.

The fact is that
suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year in our country. For every suicide among young people, at least 100 attempt suicide. Bullying victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. Each day more than 160,000 children miss school because they're afraid of being bullied

As U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has said, "Children cannot get a quality education if they don't first feel safe at school." We must stop the perpetrators and ensure no other young people experience a level of depression and helplessness that lead them to sacrifice their education or, worse yet, to take their own lives!

It is up to us as adults to teach tolerance, social skills, respect, responsibility, character-building, leadership and communication to all students one on one. Eti-Keys' trained volunteer Facilitators are in the schools, community organizations and faith-based groups throughout Central Florida giving proven lessons totally free of charge that build a foundation of self-worth, self-confidence and hope for a bright future.


We cannot underscore how important it is for you to become the agents of change we wish to see in our young people. Help us expand our outreach. Help us give our children the keys to become successful future leaders  
U. S. Senator David Vitter