Wheeling Jesuit, State Farm Join Forces to Combat Bullying
Bethany Moore & Cindy Nickerson, state farm agents with WJU President Fr. Jim Fleming.
Students pose with WJU faculty and students.
Schools all over the nation have stepped up their efforts to curb bullying, but the issue is no longer limited to the classroom. Now, cyber-bullying is occurring when a child or teenager is harassed or tormented on-line by another student.
On Tuesday, Wheeling Jesuit University announced an extended partnership with State Farm Insurance to educate students on bullying. State Farm granted the University over $17,000 to the Coalition of Youth Safety, a course that is designed to teach Wheeling Jesuit students about child safety issues such internet safety, bullying and social media. This second round of grant funding brings StateFarm’s total support for the Coalition of Youth Safety to $33,500.
“We take our role as a good neighbor seriously when it comes to keeping families safe,” said StateFarm Public Affairs Field Manager, Jen Alvarez. “Program collaborations, like Coalition for Youth Safety, allow each of us to work together to build safer, stronger and better educated communities.”
The StateFarm grant funds: stipends for guest lecturers, transportation for middle school students to the WJU campus for presentations, materials to develop the student presentations; and a web page which will freely disseminate information about these safety issues, among other program costs.
The Coalition for Youth Safety, was established in August 2013, beginning with a course to teach Wheeling Jesuit criminal justice majors about three main child safety issues: internet safety, bullying and social media. Using what they learned in class and through their own research, WJU students have developed a presentation to deliver to regional middle school students. The second phase of CYS extends the community-based learning to additional WJU students, who will take the course and continue to build on the existing presentation that has been developed. CYS’s current focus areas are Hancock, Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties in West Virginia.
Wheeling Jesuit will give updates on project progress by using the Twitter hashtag #StateFarmCares.