Bullying takes a tremendous toll on children, families and communities. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We believe that together we can help make a positive and lasting difference, one child at a time. That’s why in 2013 we started establishing programs to help raise awareness and give children, families and schools the tools and skills they need to end bullying. These are some of the ways the Walmart family is working toward that goal.
Raising awareness in our own backyard
We believe that change should start at home—and for all of us at Walmart headquarters, home is Bentonville, Ark. In 2013, we brought together our associates at headquarters for a screening of the film "Bully," which was created to raise awareness of and help prevent bullying. At the same time, we brought the message of this important film to Bentonville High School, where we screened "Bully" as well as provided training for the school’s teachers, administrators, bus drivers and staff. The film’s director and founder of The Bully Project, Lee Hirsch, also joined Walmart associates, community members and students and staff from Bentonville High School for a talk that offered insight and guidance on an issue that touches the lives of so many kids and families.
Our associates make a difference through the Mi Futuro program
To contribute to the well-being of our children and our communities in a very direct way, Walmart associates established the Mi Futuro (which means “my future” in Spanish) youth mentoring program in 2009. Its mission is to help educate and inspire potentially at-risk eighth-grade students. Our program works with kids from diverse backgrounds, teaching them how hard work and education can provide for a better future. During the 2013–14 school year, 89 Walmart associate teams mentored more than 2,300 students across 29 states.
Deeply concerned about the lasting negative impacts of bullying, we soon realized that Walmart also has a powerful opportunity to address bullying through youth mentoring. As a result, beginning fall 2014, we will begin incorporating bully-prevention messaging into our Mi Futuro curriculum.
Our founder Sam Walton believed in the power of people working as a team in service of the good of all. Today, we believe that together with kids, parents and educators, we can combine our efforts to raise awareness on a large scale as well as positively impact the lives of individual children to end bullying forever.
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