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Jamming Away Bullying

Teen celebrities came together last weekend at Summer Jam for a cause that affects 3.2 million students every year: bullying (http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-school-bullying). IM5 Band, Nick Mara, Maddi Jane, Frank Palangi, Tracey DeLara, and other young starsperformed at the Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia on July 28th to raise awareness and support the movement.

Summer Jam is an anti-bullying concert hosted by Reality Fame TV and Reality Dance (www.realitydance.net); the organization’s mission is to encourage adolescents to express themselves through music, dance, and other arts. Their outreach through TV programming, social media, and live events has provided an outlet for young people to grow and cultivate their talents. Reality Dance’s motto is, “We don’t bully. We dance.” Caroline Bollentino, one of the teen hosts for Reality Dance, tells victims of bullying, “Stay true to yourself, and remember to speak out because keeping it to yourself isn’t helping anything get better, so just make sure you talk to someone […]”

Will Jay, one of the five members of the band IM5, says that “[…] it’s not you, it’s them. You’re not the wrong person, it’s them that are insecure about themselves and obviously have to bring you down. I would say, if you see someone getting bullied definitely don’t let it go; you have to say something.” Watch IM5’s full interview HERE (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video)

Nick Mara, celebrity dancer, was in attendance and performed at the event. The 15-year-old has danced with Disney’s Shake It Up, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Mario Lopez Extra, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC), among other impressive credits. He is starting to expand his career beyond dancing to become “a triple threat, like an actor, dancer, and singer”. When asked what advice he’d give to someone being bullied, he says, “That’s simple. Just don’t listen to them. Basically they’re just trying to bring you down, and it’s just haters […]” See the full with Nick Mara interview HERE (You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video)

As summer comes to a close, and the new school year begins, many students will face bullies in the classroom; according to Do Something (http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-school-bullying),56 percent of students have witnessed some type of bullying at school. Will you take the stand against bullying?

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