"Never be bullied into silence.
yourself to be
made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your
life, but define
– Harvey Fierstein
Dawn Swiers, Kasson-Mantorville Just For Kix Director, teaches Directors on the initial development of a 5-week curriculum program.
Spreading the message of inclusivity, embracing differences & standing up against bullying.
Just For Kix dance programs and classes are built on mutual respect for teammates, instructors, and those we compete with. This foundation provides Just For Kix the opportunity to inform, educate and influence youth about bullying.
In 2012, we launched our organizational effort to build awareness and advocacy against bullying.
A bright light.
Our organization was affected in 2012, when a former Just For Kix dancer took her life due to being bullied. Her bright light and future full of potential was taken away from her family, friends and her former Just For Kix team.
We hope our efforts moving forward engaging youth in our dance classes and other areas where our messaging can make an impact, will empower one to stop, think and take action. Whether the one being bullied, the one participating in bullying or being a witness, we believe it takes just one person to make a difference and to do what's right.
What we're doing.
Utilizing our dance classes, anti-bullying curriculum is used to educate dancers on the subject. Our goal is to engage those in our classes to not only commit to anti bullying practices within their dance class, but more importantly in their day-to-day lives. Curriculum is designed to allow our Youth Dance Directors to implement ways that generate awareness and reinforce the importance of the message to dancers.
"We not only need to educate our youth on how to protect and stand up for themselves, but also to empower them to stand up for others," Cindy Clough, Just For Kix Executive Director shared. "Our dance classes will be a safe place for youth, where bullying will not be tolerated. It goes along well with our TEAM work focus."
Our Dancer's Creed.
As a member of Just For Kix I agree to be an advocate against bullying.
I will not partake in any form
of bullying, both inside and
outside the dance studio.
I promise to take action whenever
I witness bullying.
I am a DANCER.
I make a difference.