HAMPDEN -Â The Donâ€™t Bully ME Project has made it to the nationwide voting round in the Pepsi Refresh Projectâ€™s grant award competition. Voting began yesterday and will continue though June 30, 2010.
Jennifer Huerth began this project in response to her personal experience with bullying throughout middle and high school. She dropped out in the 10th grade as a result of constant emotional and physical abuse.
Now, she is speaking out against bullying, hoping that her negative school experience will resonate with students today and create positive change in their lives. She has given her presentation for a variety of audiences, including students at Presque Isle High School, and future teachers in the Education program at the University of Maine. Students have called it â€ślife changingâ€ť to hear about her experiences.
The response has been so positive, that Jennifer decided to apply for a $5K grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project, to bring her message to 25 schools in 25 weeks during the 2010-2011 school year. She received word on June 1st that her idea had been approved and would be online for voting among 1175 others for this cycle. You can help her reach her goal by visiting www.refresheverything.com/dontbullyme and voting once a day until June 30. You can learn more about the project by joining her Facebook group, Donâ€™t Bully ME, or by following her on Twitter.
About Jennifer: Jennifer Huerth is a former high school English teacher and current student in the Counselor Education program at the University of Maine in Orono. She will receive her second Masters Degree in May of 2011, and plans continue her education in the doctoral program. Jennifer works in the Division of Student Affairs at UMaine and also writes grants for United Cerebral Palsy of Maine. She resides in Hampden.
If you are interested in learning more about Jennifer, please contact her at 207-974-7791 or visit her on Facebook at Donâ€™t Bully ME.
Contact Name: Jennifer Huerth
Telephone Number: 207-974-7791