Over 200 children from the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet—ages 4-11—participated in YES Institute education on bullying and gender stereotype prevention this month.
Youth led the discussion with questions reflecting the messages they’ve gotten about gender: “Why do boys consider girls to be inferior when boys come from women?” “Why do people say girls should go first?” “Why couldn’t girls fly planes a long time ago?”
They left determined to share new insights with their parents and friends.
“Boys and girls can both like and do the same stuff, and that’s okay.” – 8-year-old
“Nobody has to bully people just to get attention.” – 10-year-old
“Some boys have earrings, like my dad. It’s not nice to pick on people for their earrings.” – 6-year-old
Fifty percent of bullying incidents in elementary and middle school are based on gender and orientation slurs. YES Institute is thrilled to support Thomas Armour Youth Ballet in creating leaders to shift that reality.
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