The Tyler Clementi Foundation works to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities. Our theory of change is that progress can be made through education, advocacy and research.
Our mixture of programs are designed to fill gaps in the anti-bullying sector. We work hard not to duplicate other programs. Our programs are a mixture of prevention, remediation, and larger systemic change. The Tyler Clementi Institute for Internet Safety will likely take direct complaints from the public.
Upstander Speaker Series
Using the power of story and personal tragedy, the Clementi family speaks around the country to move people to action. The series helps TCF engage the public and the media to bring more people into this movement. To request a speaker contact email@example.com.
Progress requires a call to action. The best way to end bullying is to make a personal commitment to stop it, report it or reach out to the victim with support. The Upstander Pledge empowers people to feel personally responsible for their actions, while educating the public. The tool can be used to gain publicity, hold public officials and celebrities accountable and to build a movement to end bullying. Pledges are rooted in research and are widely used. Take the Upstander Pledge here.
We must prevent bullying before it begins. Imagine if on the first day of school, work or on a new sports team, a person in authority stood up and verbally told everyone that any form of bullying, harassment or humiliation would not be tolerated? The #Day1 Campaign is an effective, immediate and free way to reduce bullying, harassment and humiliation. It requires four main elements: 1) A person in authority, 2) clearly saying what behavior is expected and what behavior is not tolerated, 3) early in the tenure of new students/employees/athletes, and 4) receiving a verbal confirmation from the audience that they understand. #Day1 focuses schools, universities, workplaces, athletic programs, and other group environments on a targeted intervention during orientation. #Day1 clearly states that some forms of “socially acceptable” teasing or cruelty are unacceptable! For more info visit www.Day1Campaign.com.
Public Policy (The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act)
We do believe that changing the law, can change outcomes. We support the federal Safe Schools Improvement Act and The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act. The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Act requires all colleges and universities in the United States to prohibit the harassment of students. The bill also requires the Department of Education to create a grant program which will support campus anti-harassment programs. While the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act focus on grades K-12, TCHEAHA is the only legislation that will protect students in higher education. Take Action on TCHEAHA here.
Too much of the burden of ending bullying is put on schools. We think parents play a key role. TCF has partnered with Workplace Options (WPO) to offer trainings on youth bullying to parents where they are during the day...at work. Our training helps educate people about whether the young people in their lives are being bullied or are bullies, and not sharing this information.
The training is delivered by Workplace Options - a leading global employee well-being company. The training was created by The Tyler Clementi Foundation with the expertise of Michael Palmiere at Teachers College - Adult Learning & Leadership Program at Columbia University and Dr. Dorothy Espelage - one of the top anti-bullying researchers in the world. Together we created an evidence-based, corporate training curriculum that will be offered to businesses all over the world. The focus will be to teach individuals how to identify, approach, discuss and resolve youth bullying issues with their children, and young people in their personal lives. WPO is offering this training to companies in over 200+ countries and territories worldwide. A portion of the proceeds will be channeled to TCF to continue to fund its programs and operations.
To request more information or to schedule this training for your workplace, please email WPOGLSTraining@workplaceoptions.com. Please include your full name, your organization/company’s name, and best phone number during business hours. A Workplace Options training specialist will contact you to review your request.
Workplace Options: http://www.workplaceoptions.com/
Dr. Dorothy Espelage: http://dorothyespelage.com/
Teachers College: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/
Public Opinion Research
Data should inform decision-making and we need public opinion research to help inform anti-bullying goals. TCF will produce polling throughout the year to raise awareness of key topics and trends. TCF will conduct a robust round of public opinion research to uncover what messages and messengers are the most effective in combating bullying. This research should be shared publicly so it can inform the entire sector.
Legal Research, Education, and Advocacy
The Tyler Clementi Institute for CyberSafety at New York Law School will educate students, lawyers, judges, and the public to raise awareness about the problem of cyberbullying and provide research, analysis, and direct services to help families, policymakers, and schools reduce the frequency and ameliorate the effects of cyberbullying of at-risk youth. The TCICS will include a first-of-its-kind direct service litigation clinic to help victims of harassment obtain justice and provide needed perspective in impact litigation. Research generated by TCICS will help with litigation, legal defense and legal training around the country. TCICS will also hold conferences, workshops, and symposia focused on education and research, and host a hotline where victims of harassment can learn about their rights and seek justice. Public Opinion Research: Data should inform decision-making and we need public opinion research to help inform anti-bullying goals. TCF will produce a tracking poll three times a year (during school year transitions) to raise awareness of key topics and trends. TCF will conduct a robust round of public opinion research to uncover what messages and messengers are the most effective in combating bullying. This research should be shared publicly so it can inform the entire sector.
Tyler’s Suite: Tyler's Suite is a nine-piece choral movement that tells the story of Tyler Clementi, an eighteen-year-old college student who died by suicide shortly after being cyberbullied by his roommate. The project was brought together under the musical leadership of Stephen Schwartz (composer and lyricist of Wicked and Pippin), who also composed one of the pieces. Originally commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, the other composers who contributed to Tyler's Suite are John Bucchino, Ann Hampton Callaway, Craig Carnelia, John Corigliano, Stephen Flaherty, Nolan Gasser, Jake Heggie, and Lance Horne who, with librettists Pamela Stewart and Mark Adamo, put to music the voices and experiences of Tyler and his family. For more information about the Suite and to see it performed live in a city near you, please click here.