About Project

Most kids will tell you that they’ve either been bullied or seen someone bullied at some time in their lives. It happens to all ages, boys and girls, but at a time when young preteen girls are discovering their identities, they are especially susceptible to the kind of peer pressure and ridicule that can occur in middle school.

As defined by Wikipedia, “Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior manifested by the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when the behavior is habitual and involves an imbalance of power.”

Bullying has always been around, but bullying today isn’t necessarily being shoved into a locker, or having your lunch money taken . . . cyber bullying is a very real threat to girls' safety and well-being.

The Challenge

From the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) 2003 study, Feeling Safe: What Girls Say –

• After experiencing cyber bullying, over half of teen victims aged 13 to 17 claim to have been angry (56%), one-third feeling hurt (33%) and embarrassed (32%), and over one in ten feeling scared (13%). Females are more likely than males to report all these emotions; especially females aged 13 to 15. (Harris Interactive, Trends and Tudes: Cyber bullying, April 2006)

• Bullying or harassment is a particularly prominent problem at the junior high or middle high school level. Three-quarters of junior high or middle high school principals say that bullying or harassment is a serious problem at their school, compared to 43% of elementary school principals and 45% of senior high school principals. (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, The Principal's Perspective: School Safety, Bullying, and Harassment, 2008)

http://www.girlscouts.org/research/facts_findings/safety.aspr

http://www.girlscouts.org/research/

Time for Change

It’s Your World – Change it!

aMAZE: The Twists and Turns of Getting Along

Life is a maze of relationships and this journey has Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6 to 8) maneuvering through all its twists and turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and maybe even peace. The adult guide offers tips for talking about relationship issues with girls, and pointers for understanding girls' development and creating a safe, welcoming space.

http://www.girlscouts.org/program/journeys/your_world/cadette.asp#

To find out more about our other Leadership Journeys go to:

http://www.girlscouts.org/program/journeys/

More Info

Girl Scout volunteers can check out “packaged” activities for girls with Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ Programs in a Box: Be a Friend, Not a Bully for Girl Scout Brownies ties into Brownie Quest, A World of Girls, and Agent of Change Leadership Journeys. Be a Friend, Not a Bully

Sister to Sister: The Darker Side of Friendship for Girl Scout Cadettes ties into the aMAZE and Media Leadership Journeys and talks about dealing with cliques, gossip, crushes, and all kinds of relationship drama. Bullying, relational aggression, cyber bullying are just a few of the topics this journey experience touches on. Sister to Sister: The Darker Side of Friendship

More on Programs in a Box: http://www.girlscoutsni.org/Programs-in-a-Box.html

Cast of I AM THE MUSIC A ROCK OPERETTA

Here are the 9 leads of the production please click an image below

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About The Story

I Am The Music: A Rock Operetta follows the story of Jenny (Emily B.), a timid girl who is beset by constant bullying at the hands of Claire (Lexi P.) and her followers. With the help of her new friends (Laura P., Aubrey B., and NIcole F.), she joins the Girl Scouts. Through the Girl Scouts, Jenny gains the development of character that was missing in her life. She finally stands up to Claire with the confidence she’s gained, slowly forcing the bully to rethink her own life in a similar fashion. Told through a musical styling, Jenny’s courage shines through as she confronts the obstacles in her life within and without. Lives are affected for the better as schoolyard persecution is met with compassion. Brought to you by the creative minds at Comtech Corporation, I Am The Music demonstrates that with courage, confidence, and character, you have the ability to change your life for the better.



For more photos check out the photo album on the I AM THE MUSIC Facebook page.

The "making of video" and interviews
coming soon!


                                   

GIRL SCOUTS BLAST BULLYING
WITH VIDEO

More than 30 Girl Scouts ages 7 to 17 have come together to take a stand against an epidemic which is sweeping across the United States. Nationwide, the problem of bullying is on the rise and many organizations are coming together to shed light on and combat the issue. The Girl Scouts are front-runners in the fight against bullying and have recently put together a music video titled “I am the Music: A rock Operetta,” geared toward spreading the anti-bullying message while promoting the positivity of Girl Scouts.


To finish reading the article in The Woodstock Independent, follow this link.

Northern Illinois Girl Scouts fight bullying in upcoming film

ROCKFORD (WREX) - Girl scouts step up in the fight against bullies, and the message is clear. Stop the bullying.

And this group of Girl scouts can relate, both in front of the camera and away from it, as the filming of the upcoming movie, "I Am the Music" is in full swing.


To finish reading the article from WREX 13, follow this link.

Girl Scouts combat bullying in rock opera

Set in the halls of a fictional high school, I Am the Music: A Rock Operetta tackles the subject of cyber bullying, cliques and mean girls.

The production included 35 Girl Scouts from 23 cities around northern Illinois. Each girl auditioned and was chosen for the musical. Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is partnering with the filmmakers at Comtech Corporation to generate a video that raises awareness of how to stop bullying.

The film will be shown at scout community events this fall and next spring. It may also be used in schools around the area. The Girl Scouts of northern Illinois serves nearly 20,000 girls


To read the article from WNIJ, follow this link.

LOCAL TEEN ROCK OPERA FILM PRODUCTION TAKES AIM AT
MEAN GIRLS

Set in the halls of an all-girl high school, I Am the Music: A Rock Operetta takes on the tough subject of cyber bullying, cliques and mean girls. The production features a cast of over 40 people, including 35 Girl Scouts, ages 7–17, from 23 cities around northern Illinois. Each girl auditioned and was chosen by the producers for her part in the musical.

Battling the epidemic of bullying across the country, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is partnering with the nationally renowned filmmakers at Comtech Corporation to generate a film that raises awareness of how to stop bullying with the acceptance and found in the Girl Scout Movement.


Click here to read the full release: LOCAL TEEN ROCK OPERA FILM PRODUCTION TAKES AIM AT MEAN GIRLS

Contact Us

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