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Teddy Ferrara Online Advocacy and Outreach Resources


If you are a youth who is feeling alone, confused or in crisis, please contact one of these organizations to receive the immediate help you deserve.

The GLBT National Help Line

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline provides telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.


The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Whether you feel like you’re spiraling down or are in the tough position of helping a friend who is struggling, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is here for you. Let us help you through.1-800-273-8255

In-Touch Crisis Hotline

The InTouch Hotline is a free telephone crisis intervention, counseling, and referral service offered to UIC students and members of the greater Chicagoland area. The Hotline is staffed by volunteers trained through the UIC Paraprofessional Program. Calls placed to the Hotline remain confidential and are treated in an objective, non-judgmental fashion. Individuals are encouraged to call and explore any important issue or concern they may be facing.


Bullying Resources

If you or someone you know feels bullied, below is a list of resources that might be helpful for finding out more information and addressing the problem. For a more extensive list of resources on bullying, visit stopbullying.gov/resources.


Stopbullying.gov is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The website provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

Anti-Defamation League Curriculum Connection: Cyberbullying

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

A leader in the development of materials, programs and services, ADL builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups, carrying out its mission through a network of 30 regional and satellite offices in the United States and abroad.

ADL’s Curriculum Connections is a collection of original lesson plans and resources that help K-12 educators integrate multicultural, anti-bias, and social justice themes into their curricula. Each edition is organized around a particular topic or theme, and a new edition is published approximately two times per school year.

American Federation of Teachers’ See a Bully, Stop a Bully

According to the AFT, bullying is a community issue that extends beyond the school campus and is prevalent online. The American Federation of Teachers is partnering with educators, school leaders, community and advocacy groups to recognize, prevent and combat bullying.

The purpose of the AFT’s campaign, “See a Bully, Stop a Bully: Make a Difference,” is to raise awareness and provide resources to educators, students and parents.

NEA’s Bully Free: It Starts With Me

The National Education Association’s “Bully Free: It Starts With Me” campaign website offers tips on how to identify bullying, how to intervene in a bullying incident, and how to be an advocate for bullied students. NEA’s website offers the following 10 steps to stop and prevent bullying, whether you are a parent, an educator, or a concerned friend of the family:

  1. Pay attention.
  2. Don’t ignore it.
  3. When you see something – do something.
  4. Remain calm.
  5. Deal with students individually.
  6. Don’t make the students involved apologize and/or shake hands on the spot.
  7. Hold bystanders accountable.
  8. Listen and don’t pre-judge.
  9. Get appropriate professional help.
  10. Become trained to handle situations.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Podcast: Bullying Prevention for Educators

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website states that youth violence refers to harmful behaviors that can start early and continue into young adulthood. Youth violence includes various behaviors. Some violent acts—such as bullying, slapping, or hitting—can cause more emotional harm than physical harm. Others, such as robbery and assault (with or without weapons) can lead to serious injury or even death.

Click here to listen to the CDC’s Podcast on Bullying Prevention for Educators

Cyberbullying Research Center: Identifying the causes and consequences of cyberbullying

The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.  Cyberbullying can be defined as “Willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.”  It is also known as “cyber bullying,” “electronic bullying,” “e-bullying,” “sms bullying,” “mobile bullying,” “online bullying,” “digital bullying,” or “Internet bullying.”

This web site serves as a clearinghouse of information concerning the ways adolescents use and misuse technology.  It is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, law enforcement officers, counselors, and others who work with youth.  Here you will find facts, figures, and detailed stories from those who have been directly impacted by online aggression.  In addition, the site includes numerous resources to help you prevent and respond to cyberbullying incidents.

The Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Cyberbullying

The Illinois Attorney General “Stop Cyberbullying” website provides a variety of resources for kids, teenagers, parents, and educators seeking information and advice about cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying is when someone is harassed, humiliated, or threatened by another person using the Internet or a cell phone. Despite their benefits, these technologies make us vulnerable to bullying anywhere and at any time – through them, the bully can follow us home.

The Illinois Attorney General E-Info Hotline provides assistance to kids, teens, parents, and teachers coping with cyberbullying and Internet safety issues. Call 1-888-414-7678 to talk to an internet safety specialist.

Matthew Shepard Foundation: Embracing Diversity

The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998.

Created to honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs, and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance” through its varied educational, outreach and, advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story.

The mission of the Matthew Shepard Foundation is to encourage respect for human dignity and difference by raising awareness, opening dialogues, and promoting positive change.

Nickelodeon’s The Big Help

Nickelodeon’s The Big Help provides resources for kids and parents on bullying, including a Nick News Special on bullying, a list of top 10 anti-bullying tips, digital citizenship tips, and information on how you can get involved or help.

Pacer Center’s Kids Against Bullying

This website was developed to help children in second through sixth grade recognize bullying and respond to it in appropriate, effective ways. It is for all children who are bullied or who witness bullying.

Through engaging activities and helpful information, this Web site helps to:

  • promote bullying awareness in elementary schools;
  • teach effective ways to respond to bullying; and
  • prevent bullying of all children, especially those with disabilities.

For more information, visit http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/html/parentsPros.asp

“Bully,” a documentary by Lee Hirsch

The film “Bully”, directed by Lee Hirsch, which will be available on DVD and BluRay Feb. 12, is part of The Bully Project. The New York Times writes that, “while the film focuses on the specific struggles of five families in four states, it is also about — and part of — the emergence of a movement. It documents a shift in consciousness of the kind that occurs when isolated, oppressed individuals discover that they are not alone and begin the difficult work of altering intolerable conditions widely regarded as normal.”

The Bully Project as a whole highlights solutions that both address immediate needs and lead to systemic change. Starting with the film’s STOP BULLYING. SPEAK UP! call to action, The Bully Project will catalyze audience awareness to action with a series of tools and programs supported by regional and national partners.


A Christmas Carol

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From Page to Stage

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Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men

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Teddy Ferrara

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Measure for Measure

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By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

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Bayard Rustin speaking to a crowd in 1965. Photo by Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (via Wikimedia Commons)
The March on Washington

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Momma’s Boyz

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